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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 […]

UM Offering Master of Professional Science in Urban Sustainability & Resilience

University of Miami Press Release, Feb. 7, 2020 The Master of Professional Science in Urban Sustainability and Resilience is designed for students interested in acquiring the knowledge, skills and hands-on practical engagement necessary for contributing to the urban challenges confronting cities on the front lines of climate change. Focusing on challenges such as health, […]

Bill to Create Statewide Resiliency Office Ready For the Senate Floor

A.G. Gancarksi, Florida Politics, Feb. 5, 2020 On Wednesday, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved legislation to create a Statewide Office of Resiliency in the Governor’s office and create a Statewide Sea-Level Rise Task Force. SPB 7016 was the Senate Infrastructure and Security Committee committee bill. The legislation continues a recent environmental tack toward acknowledging […]

Miami Forever Climate Ready

City of Miami, Feb. 7, 2020  City of Miami has always been vulnerable to hurricanes, storm surge, and flooding, and we have a strong history of thriving in the face of adversity. However, over the past decade Miami’s acceptance and response to climate change has emerged as a new factor influencing the growth, and […]

Florida’s Chief Science Officer Doesn’t Mince Words on Climate Change, Says Humans Need to Reduce Carbon Emissions

Zac Anderson, Herald Tribune, Feb. 4, 2020  Florida’s new chief science officer spoke about the need to reduce nutrient pollution that is contributing to water quality problems and reduce carbon emissions that are warming the planet during a swing through Sarasota Tuesday. Gov. Ron DeSantis created the position of chief science officer shortly after […]

Report: Florida Will See Noticeable Climate Change Impacts in 20 Years

Don Jergler, Insurance News, Feb. 6, 2020  When scientists talk about climate change effects like sea level rise and extreme temperatures, they’re typically referring to things predicted to start noticeably occurring as soon as, say 2050, or into the next century. But the impacts of climate change may not be so far in the […]

We Need Task Force, Money to Begin Addressing Effects of Rising Seas

Miami Herald Editorial Board, Palm Beach Post, January 10, 2020 Talk is cheap, and time is running out for Florida to get on with the difficult and expensive task of protecting its citizens from rising seas along its 1,197-mile coastline. So, it’s welcome news that lawmakers are getting behind Gov. Ron DeSantis’ pledge to […]