Month: December 2019

Florida’s Iconic Palms Don’t Cut It With Climate Change

Kimberly Miller, Gulf Today, Dec. 18, 2019 https://www.gulftoday.ae/opinion/2019/12/18/florida-iconic-palms-don-cut-it-with-climate-change South Florida’s palm trees are postcard promises of sighing sea breezes and sandy beaches, but the icon of the tropics may be an impractical adornment in an era of climate change. From the regal royal palm to the sometimes shabby cabbage, the perennial symbol of the Sunshine […]

As Sea Levels Rise, Florida Politicians Examine Ways to Adapt to Climate Change

Lynn Hatter, WFSU, Dec. 18, 2019 https://news.wfsu.org/post/seas-rise-florida-republicans-examine-ways-adapt-climate-change Florida lawmakers are interested in addressing climate change. But they’re not setting any sort of renewable energy goals—which is something  democrats have proposed in the past. Instead, the Republican-led majority is focusing on making the state more adaptable to rising sea levels. Read More 

A Call to Action for Engineers on Climate Change

Pam Russel, Engineering News Record, December 19, 2019 https://www.enr.com/articles/48389-a-call-to-action-for-engineers-on-climate-change Figuratively and literally, engineers have taken a seat at the table to discuss climate change. At the United Nation’s climate talks in Madrid, Spain, which ended Dec. 15, engineers were represented at the public sessions and in closed-door meetings. It’s the first time they have been […]

Palm Beach County 2030: Facing Climate Change, A Decade Away and Beyond

Kimberly Miller, Palm Beach Post, December. 18, 2019 https://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/20191218/palm-beach-county-2030-facing-climate-change-decade-away-and-beyond  Florida isn’t flat, but a land of subtle corduroy where a high ridge of shell rock armors parts of the southeast coast, falling inland to undulating veins of native sawgrass and man-slathered asphalt that will surrender to climate change differently. Read More

Sea Level Rise, Storms Prompt Flagler to Create ‘Resiliency’ Board

Aaron London, Dayton Beach News-Journal, December 17, 2019 https://www.news-journalonline.com/news/20191217/sea-level-rise-storms-prompt-flagler-to-create-lsquoresiliencyrsquo-board Facing ongoing threats from sea level rise and potential storm damage, Flagler County officials are hoping to make “resiliency” a key element of future beach management efforts. During Monday night’s meeting, commissioners approved the creation of a Resiliency Study and Advisory Board to coordinate efforts to […]

Climate Change Threatens Florida. These Lawmakers Want to Know How.

Craig Pittman, Tampa Bay Times, December 17, 2019 https://www.tampabay.com/news/environment/2019/12/17/climate-change-threatens-florida-these-lawmakers-want-to-know-how/ After consulting with scientists, a pair of Florida state representatives — both Democrats — have filed a bill calling for the first-ever Florida Climate Change Assessment. Such an assessment would…Read More 

Climate Talks Open Amid Dire Warnings About Greenhouse Gases; Florida Paying the Price of Inaction

Laura Cassels, Florida Phoenix, Nov. 27, 2019 https://www.floridaphoenix.com/2019/11/27/climate-talks-open-amid-dire-warnings-about-greenhouse-gases-florida-paying-the-price-of-inaction/ When scientists and world leaders gather in Madrid next week for climate talks, Florida scientists studying climate change will watch the proceedings from afar with little optimism. Read More

The Keys Face Huge and Looming Bill to Survive Sea Level Rise. They’re Asking Florida for Help

Alex Harris, Miami Herald, November 26, 2019 https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/environment/article237759279.html The initial bill for surviving sea rise in the coming decades has come due for the Florida Keys — and it’s far more than Monroe County can afford itself to keep the island chain dry. Just for starters, Monroe is asking the state for $150 million to […]

Florida Sends $25 Million to the Keys and Miami-Dade to Buy Out Irma Flood Victims

Jenny Staletovich, WLRN, December 4, 2019x https://www.wlrn.org/post/florida-sends-25-million-keys-and-miami-dade-buy-out-irma-flood-victims On Tuesday, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity awarded $44 million in Hurricane Irma relief money to cities and counties around the state to purchase vulnerable property in an attempt to cut the cost of future damage. In South Florida, Monroe County will receive the lion’s share – […]

New Sea Level Rise Projections for Southwest Florida: Higher and Faster

Nancy Klingener, WLRN, December 4, 2019 https://www.wlrn.org/post/new-sea-level-rise-projections-southeast-florida-higher-and-faster New sea level rise projections for South Florida were released Wednesday. And the numbers are up. The Southeast Florida Climate Compact updates its projected sea level rise for the region every four years. And the new numbers are higher than the last time — 3 to 5 inches […]