Month: October 2018

Little-Known Federal Law Keeps Buyers from Finding Out if a Home Routinely Floods

Abigail Darlington, The Post and Courier, Aug. 9, 2018 With floodplains covering about 70 percent of the Lowcountry’s landscape, purchasing property here often comes with inherent flood risks. The same is true in other coastal communities and even with inland cities such as Greenville and Columbia, which can see flash flooding when rivers overflow. That’s why […]

Candidates to Talk Climate Change at Tidal Town Hall

Bobb Barrett, wuwf, Aug. 8, 2018 An opportunity to hear how local candidates feel about sea level rise and climate change is coming to Pensacola. The event is called Tidal Town Hall, and candidates for Pensacola Mayor, Escambia County Commission and the US House of Representatives will be there taking questions. ReThink Energy Florida, a group that was […]

CivicCon: Pensacola’s Waterfront is Beautiful. But is It Resilient?

Kevin Robinson, Pensacola News Journal, Aug. 6, 2018 Coastal flooding in the U.S. is increasing in “frequency, depth and extent,” according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Nationally, high tide flooding in 2018 may be as much as 60 percent higher when compared to typical flooding about 20 years ago and 100 percent higher when compared to 30 years […]

From Traffic to Sea-Level Rise, South Florida Has many “Resilience’ Issues. Here’s What That Means

Kate Stein, WLRN, Aug. 3, 2018 There’s a buzzword among people who work on quality-of-life issues in South Florida: “Resilience.” It’s a concept we often apply to a person, someone who’s able to cope with difficult circumstances. But more and more, the word is being used in the context of how communities respond to issues like […]

Saving the Coral Reefs: Texas, Florida Researchers Race Against the Clock to Restore Vital Ecosystems

By Alex Stuckley, San Antonio Express-News, Aug. 1, 2018 Something terrible was happening to the coral reefs tucked about 100 miles off the coast of Galveston: The typically colorful, vibrant coral were turning stark white and dying. The problem began when water temperatures reached more than 86 degrees, an unusually high reading for that part of […]

Florida Algae Crisis: DEP Giving Lee County $700,00 to Help Clean Water

Steve McQuilken, News-Press/USA Today, Aug. 1, 2018 The state’s environmental agency is giving Lee County $700,000 to combat algae and remove it from various tributaries and canals along the Caloosahatchee River. The money, announced today, is part of the $3 million grant program through Gov. Rick Scott’s executive order on July 9. That order declared a state of emergency in Lee, […]

Algae and Audits: Florida Waterkeepers Call on State to be More Proactive Planners

Ryan Benk, WJCT, Aug. 2, 2018 Florida’s 14 nonprofit waterkeepers are asking environmental regulators to conduct an audit of the state’s vulnerability to storms and sea level rise. The water watch-dogs say Florida is not planning well enough for the effects of climate change. Last year, Hurricane Irma caused flooding levels in Jacksonville’s urban core not […]

Storm-Hardening Works to Reduce Power Outages, But Other Improvements Needed, State Regulator Says

Marcia Heroux Pounds, Sun Sentinel, July 31, 2018. After months of reviewing how utilities performed during hurricanes Irma and Matthew and seeking public feedback, Florida’s Public Service Commission on Tuesday issued its final report. And its conclusion was: Storm-hardening the electric grid works to reduce power outages. Utility grids didn’t see the extensive damage during the […]

Your Coastal Property Has Already Lost Value to Sea Rise. This Site Can Tell You How Much.

By Alex Harris, The Miami Herald, July 27, 2018 Miami-Dade County property values are up — again — this year, but new research shows that growth could have been even larger if thousands of homes weren’t at risk of regular flooding from sea level rise. The study, from the nonprofit First Street Foundation, shows the county racked up […]