Month: June 2018

FGCU Wetlands Researcher Starts Wetlands Experiment that Could Help Agriculture

With much of wetlands science focused on restoring agricultural land to its natural state, Florida Gulf Coast University researcher Bill Mitsch is looking in another direction. Mitsch, who has spent his career studying wetlands primarily at The Ohio State University and FGCU, has begun a 10-year experiment that aims to find out how fertile soil becomes after years of […]

Sen. Nelson Files Bill to Provide Loans to Coastal Communities Impacted by Climate Change

Florida Democratic Senator Bill Nelson wants to help shore up Florida’s coastal areas expected to suffer the most from climate change. The legislation would make federal funds available for communities who need to brace themselves for climate change-related events.  In an emailed statement, Nelson calls Florida “ground zero for sea-level rise.” Coastal communities could upgrade […]

Storm Surge or Flood? Hurricane Warnings Change at County Line

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A hurricane’s biggest killer is not the wind, but hazards associated with inland flooding. Hurricane Irma’s impact in greater Jacksonville is sure to change the perception of hurricane dangers. Irma sent water deep into the St. Johns River, with record water levels surging past downtown’s Cow Ford’s Crossing and impacting areas well into Clay, Flagler and Putnam […]

When It Comes to Flood-Insurance, Florida is Not Getting Its Bang for the Buck. We Need a National Disaster Fund

If Congress doesn’t step up with comprehensive and effective legislation to confront sea-level rise and its already-evident effects, we’re sunk, South Florida. Sunk, literally, as the ocean encroaches upon our shores in the decades ahead. Besides the emotional upheaval, the financial toll is going to be staggering. At the moment, the federal government tries to […]

Sea Level Rise: Roll Up Your Pants

Flagler College and Leslee Keys — the school’s director of historic preservation — should be applauded for arranging to bring a major sea level rise conference to St. Augustine next May. Professor Keys participated in a similar event in Maryland in 2017 and will be co-chairing the Keeping History Above Water conference when it convenes […]

Hurricanes of the Future May Look a Lot Like Harvey-Stronger, Slower, and Much Wetter

The rain started even before Hurricane Harvey made its way across the Gulf of Mexico and settled atop Texas. It kept coming, overflowing curbs, climbing up staircases, trapping people on roofs and makeshift rafts and drowning dozens. The record-breaking 60 inches of rain from Harvey last year forced forecasters to add new colors to graphics […]

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