Chafee hosts White House environmental adviser

A top environmental adviser to President Barack Obama has visited Rhode Island to highlight the threat climate poses to public health.

Nancy Sutley, chairwoman of the Council on Environmental Quality, joined Gov. Lincoln Chafee for Wednesday's event. The council works with other federal agencies to coordinate the president's environmental initiatives.

Attendees discussed concerns that climate change will prompt longer allergy seasons, more heat-related illness and new cases of asthma.

U.S. Rep. Jim Langevin and U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse also participated.