Month: October 2019

Climate Change Could Make Borrowing Costlier for States and Cities

  Staff, PEW, Oct. 1, 2019  Someday soon, analysts will determine that a city or county, or maybe a school district or utility, is so vulnerable to sea level rise, flooding, drought or wildfire that it is an investment risk. To be sure, no community has yet seen its credit rating downgraded because of […]

South Florida Just Had a King Tide. Time for Dirty Beaches.

  Jenny Staletovich, WLRN, Oct. 4, 2019 Dirty beaches in the wake of record-setting king tides across South Florida this week should come as no surprise, scientists say. “No, there’s not any coincidence,” said Florida International University geochemist and water quality expert Henry Briceno. Read More

Sunny Day Flooding is Only Getting Worse

Editorial Board, Florida-Times Union, Oct. 3, 2019 Facts are stubborn things, the saying goes. And so is the fact that Northeast Florida, with all of its riverfront and coastline, is vulnerable to the impact of sea level rise and storm surge. The Northeast Florida Planning Organization has been studying this issue since 2013 in […]

Nikki Fried Proposes Statewide Energy Conservation Measures

  Steve Newborn, WUSF, Oct. 3, 2019  Florida’s only Democrat elected to statewide office turned her focus Thursday to energy conservation, as  Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried unveiled a list of conservation measures. Fried spoke in Tampa, on the closing day of the state’s first climate summit since 2008, when Charlie Crist was governor. Read […]

Regional Director Will Help Pave Path for a Positive Southwest Florida

Editorial, Bonita Springs Florida Weekly, Oct. 3, 2019 A new community partnership — Growing Climate Solutions: Path to Positive Southwest Florida — has been formed to build a coalition of residents across key community sectors, including health, education, faith, business and the environment. The goal is to engage stakeholders through educational and awareness-building efforts, […]

Sea Rise May Force Some to Move. New Study Warns the Poor Could Get Hit Harder

Jenny Staletovich, WUSF, Oct. 9, 2019  If the past is any indication, worsening threats from climate change, like rising seas in South Florida, could take a larger toll on the poor as people are forced to abandon their homes. In a study published Wednesday in the journal Science Advances, a team of researchers looked […]