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Trump Administration Disbands Climate-Change Advisory Panel

In yet another move that indicates the White House does not take the threat of climate change seriously, the Trump administration has disbanded a federal advisory panel that worked to translate the government’s climate data into actionable insight for policymakers and the private sector, according to a report in the Washington Post. The 15-member Advisory […]

City of Sarasota Starts Preparing for Risks Associated With Sea Level Rise

SARASOTA — Could the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall someday be at risk of being inundated by rising tides? What about a major tourist attraction such as the St. Armands Circle business district, vital thoroughfares such as U.S. 41 or waterfront homes on tidal-influenced creeks such as Whitaker Bayou? Although some residents are skeptical about […]

In Booming South Florida, Another Hurricane Andrew Could Be a $300 billion Catastrophe

MIAMI — Twenty-five years ago last month, Hurricane Andrew unleashed its Category 5 wrath on South Florida, sending a catastrophic reminder about the dangers of living in the heart of “hurricane alley.” But drive along any coastline in Florida today and you’ll find construction cranes as plentiful as palm trees as developers rush to build […]

4 Lessons From Hurricane Andrew

It’s been 25 years since Hurricane Andrew struck the coast of Florida on August 24, 1992. The state was no match for the 17-foot storm surge and high winds the category 5 storm produced. Andrew became the costliest disaster in U.S. history when it struck Florida and Louisiana, according to the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.), […]

Alaska’s Permafrost is Thawing

YUKON DELTA NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE, Alaska — The Arctic is warming about twice as fast as other parts of the planet, and even here in sub-Arctic Alaska the rate of warming is high. Sea ice and wildlife habitat are disappearing; higher sea levels threaten coastal native villages. But to the scientists from Woods Hole Research […]

Gov. Scott Declares State of Emergency to Prepare Florida for Hurricane Irma

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) — Florida, declared in a state of emergency, has also received a federal emergency declaration that allows federal authorities to lead disaster relief efforts. President Trump is also issuing that declaration for Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Florida’s Governor Rick Scott is urging people to be pro-active, calling Irma an incredibly […]

FLASH, FEMA Launch DisasterSmart – Leadership for a Resilient Future

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., May 1, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — In honor of Building Safety Month, the nonprofit Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH)® and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today announced DisasterSmart – Leadership for a Resilient Future, an initiative designed for leaders seeking to enhance community resilience before and after natural disasters. The initiative provides commentary, […]