Month: November 2019

The US is Now Officially the Only Country to Pull Out of the Paris Climate Accord

Alex Lubbin, Vice, Nov. 4, 2019 https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/j5y9m8/the-us-is-now-officially-the-only-country-to-pull-out-of-the-paris-climate-agreement  It’s official: The U.S. is now the only country in the world to pull out of the Paris climate agreement. President Donald Trump announced in June of 2017 that he intended to leave the only international agreement to keep the planet from warming more than 2 degrees Celsius. […]

Governor Ron DeSantis and Florida GOP Starting to Address Climate Change

Mike S. Payton, Miami Beach Times, Nov. 4, 2019 https://miamibeachtimes.com/politics/governor-ron-desantis-and-florida-gop-starting-to-address-climate-change/  On August 1st, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Dr. Julia Nesheiwat as Florida’s first Chief Resilience Officer (CRO). Add that to appointing the state’s first chief science officer, Dr Tom Frazer, and DeSantis is clearly a different kind of Florida Republican leader. Now […]

Florida Chamber Insurance Summit Highlights Local, Federal Efforts on Flood Mitigation

Ryan Nicol, Florida Politics, Nov. 5, 2019 https://floridapolitics.com/archives/310330-florida-chamber-insurance-summit-flood-mitigation A pair of South Florida Chief Resiliency Officers were on hand at the Florida Chamber Insurance Summit Monday to discuss their regions’ efforts on flood planning and mitigation. Jane Gilbert, who serves as Miami’s Chief Resilience Officer joined Jennifer Jurado, the Broward County Chief Resilience Officer for […]

Academics Urge Jacksonville, FL Mayor to Craft Climate Plan

Jason Plautz, Smart Cities Dive, Nov. 4, 2019 https://www.smartcitiesdive.com/news/academics-urge-jacksonville-fl-mayor-to-craft-climate-plan/566497/  A group of scientists and academics are urging the City of Jacksonville, FL to draft a climate action plan and hire a chief resilience officer or sustainability officer to oversee the initiative. Jacksonville, they say, is the only major city in Florida that doesn’t have such […]

Sea Level Will Rise For Centuries. We Can Control How Much and How Fast

Alejandra Borunda, National Geographic, Nov. 4, 2019  https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2019/11/paris-agreement-period-still-leads-to-sea-level-rise/ On Monday, the United States officially began the process of pulling out of the Paris Climate Agreement, an international deal struck in 2016 that aimed to keep greenhouse gas emissions low enough to keep Earth’s climate-induced warming to under 2 degrees Celsius (3.7 degrees Fahrenheit). But even […]

More Than 11,000 Scientists From Around The World Declare a “Climate Emergency.”

Andrew Freedman, The Washington Post, Nov. 5, 2019 https://www.washingtonpost.com/science/2019/11/05/more-than-scientists-around-world-declare-climate-emergency/ A new report by 11,258 scientists in 153 countries from a broad range of disciplines warns that the planet “clearly and unequivocally faces a climate emergency,” and provides six broad policy goals that must be met to address it. Read More

HUD announces $633 million for Florida Disaster Mitigation Projects in Areas Impacted by Declared Disasters in 2016-2017

DEO Newsletter, Nov. 7, 2019 http://www.floridajobs.org/rebuildflorida/mitigation The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that $633 million in first-of-its-kind funding would be available to the state of Florida for disaster mitigation projects in areas impacted by presidentially declared disasters in 2016 and 2017. These funds are available through HUD’s newly created Community Development […]

2/3rds of Floridians Concerned About Climate Change and Don’t Feel Government is Doing Enough to Address Problem

 FAU Newsletter, Nov. 7, 2019 http://www.ces.fau.edu/ces-bepi/oct-2019.php A majority of Floridians are concerned about the well-being of future generations due to climate change and that Florida state government is not doing enough to address climate change impacts, according to the first-ever Florida Climate Resilience Survey conducted by the Florida Atlantic University Center for Environmental Studies (CES) […]

Saltwater Intrusion is a Threat to the St. Johns River

Op-Ed by Lisa Rinaman, St. Johns Waterkeeper, Oct. 20, 2019 https://www.jacksonville.com/opinion/20191020/guest-column-saltwater-intrusion-is-threat-to-st-johns-river While some may view climate change as a distant problem, sea level rise and a warming planet are having significant impacts on the St. Johns River and the state of Florida right now. The time has come for us to join together by taking […]

More Parks and Resilient Spaces Hold Key to Fort Lauderdale’s Development, says Urban Land Institute

Caitie Switalski, WLRN, Oct. 18, 2019 Link: https://www.wlrn.org/post/more-parks-and-resilient-spaces-hold-key-fort-lauderdales-development-says-urban-land-institute More parks, more parks management, and more resiliency against sea-level rise might be the key to Downtown Fort Lauderdale’s future development, according to The Urban Land Institute. The real estate research group presented its big ideas to improve the city to residents and development leaders Friday, after […]