Month: July 2019

‘Resilience Hubs’ Could Help Northeast Floridians-Including Animals-Weathers Floods

Brendan Rivers, 89.1 WUFT, July 19, 2019 Recent “vulnerability assessments” by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation reaffirm Northeast Florida is highly threatened by sea level rise and flooding caused by rain. Unlike many densely populated areas along the East Coast, the assessment says, shoreline and inland riverbanks here are largely unprotected, which leaves opportunities for nature-based […]

Local Governments, Private Developers Should Work Together to Address Effects of Climate Change

Op-ed by Eric Singer & Andrej Micovic, P3 Group. Sun Sentinel, July 19, 2019 Residents of Miami, where our law firm Bilzin Sumberg is based, need no reminder that South Florida is on the front lines of the battle against climate change — particularly during hurricane season. Fortunately, many of our region’s municipalities have been […]

Financing Climate Resilience: Funding and Financing Models for Building Green and Resilient Infrastructure in Florida

Laura O’Connell and Kyle Conners, Harvard Kennedy School of Government, April 2019 Climate change threatens all regions of the world, but Florida’s geographic location and vast, low-lying coastline make it particularly vulnerable. As sea levels rise—14 to 34 inches by 2060—and coastal storms become more intense due to ocean temperatures rising, the state faces worsening […]

Storm Resiliency Needs to Be Affordable

Op-ed by Mike Lemyre, Ygrene Energy Fund, Palm Beach Daily News, July 11, 2019 Floridians are no strangers to the damage and destruction of hurricane season, with many still rebuilding after the onslaught of last year’s storms. For communities to better protect themselves from the next major weather event, homeowners must invest in storm resiliency […]

Survey Asks NE Floridians How They Think the Region Should Prepare for Sea Level Rise

Brendan Rivers, WJCT, July 8, 2019 A new survey asks residents of Northeast Florida how they think the region should prepare for sea level rise and worsening floods.The Northeast Florida Regional Council (NEFRC) last week launched its regional resilience survey with the goal of better understanding how people think coastal resilience should be handled. “The aim of […]

Adapting to Climate Change is Going to Cost Florida A Lot. Who’s Going to Pay for It?

Alex Harris, Miami Herald, July 11, 2019 For the state of Florida, adapting to climate change is going to be complicated, revolutionary and very, very expensive. But so far at least, Tallahassee hasn’t invested much in protecting the most vulnerable state in the nation from rising seas. Gov. Ron DeSantis, who campaigned on a promise […]