Happy Earth Day, Florida!
In the spirit of the holiday that recognizes our planet’s clean air, water and land, here are 11 stories the Tampa Bay Times has published about how climate change affects the Sunshine State.
1. The Florida keys have to elevate their roads — costing millions of dollars — before they’re underwater.
2. A report by 60 scientists found “large numbers of cities, roads, railways, ports, airports, oil and gas facilities and water supplies” in Florida are vulnerable to sea level rise.
3. Hurricane flooding risk along the Gulf of Mexico is twice as bad as it was in the 1990s.
4. Egmont Key was named to a historic preservation list — because its sand is washing away. “We see this as a new threat,” the preservation group’s president said.
5. Florida has more private property at risk from climate change-related flooding than any other state.
6. Fine, this one isn’t really a story. But it is many stories! Read every PolitiFact fact check about climate change here.
7. The three hottest years in recorded Florida history? 2015, 2016, 2017.
8. St. Petersburg and other Florida cities are shifting their focus from sustainability to resiliency — preparing to bounce back from climate-related disasters.
9. The architects building St. Petersburg’s new pier are bracing for the worst case climate scenario.
10. It floods during sunny days in Miami.
11. And finally a story of hope: Florida scientists are on the front lines of the fight to save coral reefs from the ravages of climate change.