Year: 2020

Pelosi Remarks at Press Event Unveiling the “Solving the Climate Crisis” Action Plan

JUNE 30, 2020 PRESS RELEASE Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi joined Chair Kathy Castor, Members of the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis and House Democrats on the steps of the Capitol for a press event unveiling the “Solving the Climate Crisis” action plan, House Democrats’ comprehensive plan to combat the climate crisis. Speaker’s […]

Some Coastal U.S. Could Experience Flooding Every Day by 2100 If Sea Levels Rise as Expected, Scientists Say.

Aristos Georgiou, Newsweek, April 17, 2020 By 2100, city streets in some coastal U.S. cities could experience flooding every day, making urban waterfronts practically uninhabitable, if sea levels continue to rise as expected. Extreme flooding events in some coastal areas of the country could double every five years, according to a study published in […]

COVID-19 and The Climate Crisis Show Us That “An Ounce of Prevention” Can Save Lives and Money.

Op-ed by Susan Glickman, The Invading Sea, April 16, 2020 Drastic times call for drastic measures, and society is making unprecedented changes to the ways we govern ourselves, school our children, shop, work, manage finances, and socialize. Constant hand-washing is the new norm and we are making individual sacrifices for the common good. We […]

Tampa Bay Are Properties At High Risk of Losing Value Due to Sea Level Rise, Report Finds

Emily L. Mahoney, Tampa Bay Times, April 29, 2020 Using a combination of climate change projections, elevation mapping, tidal gauge readings and property data, a new report concludes what many in the Tampa Bay region likely already suspected: that property value… Read More

Broward County Adopts Regulations That Require Property Owners to Fix Seawalls and Disclose Whether Property is in ‘Tidal-Flooding Area.’

Op-Ed Albert J. Slap, Coastal Risk Consulting, The Invading Sea, April 28, 2020 Broward County has passed an ordinance that sets minimum seawall and top-of-bank elevation standards in areas that are susceptible to flooding from high tides. On March 31, the county approved a model code for cities to adopt that spells out regionally […]

Emissions Declines Will Set Records This Year. But It’s Not Good News.

Brad Plumer, New York Times, April 30, 2020 Global greenhouse gas emissions are on track to plunge nearly 8 percent this year, the largest drop ever recorded, as worldwide lockdowns to fight the coronavirus have triggered an “unprecedented” decline in the use of fossil fuels, the International Energy Agency said in a new report on […]

A United Front: Community Leaders Talk Climate Change, Sea Level Rise

Chad Gillis, Fort Myers News-Press, March 10, 2020 Florida Gulf Coast University professor and researcher Mike Savarese is the university’s top resiliency and climate expert and is part of the FGCU’s Water School.  He said while the planning horizon for climate change is typically the year 2100, he and others hope nations around the […]

Trump Administration Presses Cities to Evict Homeowners From Flood Zones

Christopher Flavelle, New York Times, March 11, 2020 The federal government is giving local officials nationwide a painful choice: Agree to use eminent domain to force people out of flood-prone homes, or forfeit a shot at federal money they need to combat climate change. That choice, part of an effort by the Army Corps […]

Florida Climate Outlook

Daniel Raimi, Amelia Keyes, Resources, March 18, 2020 Climate change is affecting our world today, and these effects will become more significant in the years to come. In the United States, one state that is particularly susceptible to some of the most damaging consequences of climate change is Florida. Florida’s long coastline and low-lying […]

After A ‘Lost Decade,’ Republican-Led Florida Passed A Climate Change Bill

Alex Harris, Miami Herald, March 13, 2020 José Javier Rodríguez, a state senator from Miami, has finally achieved the slogan he’s borne on his rubber boots for three years — ActOnClimateFL. For the first time in a decade, Florida’s Republican-controlled Legislature has passed a bill that explicitly acknowledges climate change’s threats to the state […]