Category: Articles

Where Miami Might Undo Development to Deal with Sea-Level Rise

Mike Seemuth, The Real Deal, 6/10/2017 Shorecrest might become the first neighborhood in Miami where efforts to deal with sea-level rise would include demolishing structures in areas prone to flooding and returning the land to nature. Scientists and government officials who participate in the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact have considered alternatives to installing […]

Mainland Miami Ponders Returning Neighborhoods to Nature in Order to Survive Rising Seas

David Smiley, Miami Herald, 6/9/2017 On mainland Miami, miles away from the pumps that keep Biscayne Bay from slowly swallowing South Beach, the neighborhood around Ray Chasser’s riverfront house sometimes seems like it’s drowning one high tide at a time. When the moon is full and the bay bloated, a salty soup comes seeping forth […]

Local Governments, More or Less, Tackling Effects of Climate Change

Hannah Morse, Bradenton Herald, 6/9/2017 MANATEE – In the future, Holmes Beach City Hall may be reachable only by boat. Predictions from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration show seaside cities gradually taking on water like a weather-worn ship. Granted, these aren’t immediate changes — the median prediction of sea level rise will reach up […]

This is a Huge Mistake: Florida Politicians React to Trump’s Exit from Climate Deal

Patricia Mazzei, Miami Herald, 6/1/2017 In South Florida, one of the regions in the country most threatened by rising seas, President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw Thursday from the Paris climate-change accord was not popular among politicians — even some from the president’s Republican Party. Some Republicans, including Sen. Marco Rubio and Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, […]

Monroe County Commissioner Carruthers Testifies at Inaugural Meeting of House Climate Solutions Caucus in D.C.

Editor, Konk Life, 5/28/2017 WASHINGTON – On Wednesday, Monroe County Commissioner Heather Carruthers testified at the inaugural public meeting of the U.S. House of Representatives’ House Climate Solutions Caucus in Washington, D.C. Her remarks emphasized the reality that many local governments already are being forced to take expensive action to prepare for the negative impacts […]

The Hidden Costs of Sea Level Rise

Excerpt from Timothy H. Dixon’s book Curbing Catastrophe: Natural Hazards and Risk Reduction in the Modern World (Cambridge University Press, 2017), posted on Alternet, 6/28/2016 GRACE [The Gravity Recovery And Climate Experiment, a joint satellite mission of NASA and the German Aerospace Center] makes a map of the Earth’s gravitational field roughly once month, giving […]

U.S. Coastal Cities Will Flood More Often and More Severely, Study Warns

Georgina Gustin, Inside Climate News 6/7/2017 Cities lining the U.S. coasts should brace for a lot more flooding — from “nuisance” floods that shut down streets during high tides to deluges that take lives and wipe out infrastructure. In a new study published Wednesday, researchers from Princeton and Rutgers universities warn that the current flooding […]