Elevation Zero http://wlrn.org en Rhode Island Senator Cruises South Florida's Rising Seas http://wlrn.org/post/rhode-island-senator-cruises-south-floridas-rising-seas <p>Rhode Island Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse will finish his tour of four southern coastal states with a final stop in South Florida Friday.</p><p>He has been talking with scientists, residents and business owners during his week-long trip to discuss rising seas. It’s part of an effort to get congress more engaged with the issue by relaying stories from the people and towns dealing with the issue.</p><p>The senator will be in South Florida Friday and will moderate the South Florida Climate Action rally in Pinecrest.</p><p>Hear the full story below:</p><p></p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 20:57:38 +0000 Wilson Sayre 31319 at http://wlrn.org Rhode Island Senator Cruises South Florida's Rising Seas Why Sea-Level Rise Might Hurt Poor Neighborhoods More Than Coastal Areas http://wlrn.org/post/why-sea-level-rise-might-hurt-poor-neighborhoods-more-coastal-areas <p></p><p>Keren Bolter&nbsp;is a doctoral student of geosciences at Florida Atlantic University researching what areas in South Florida are particularly threatened by rising seas. She says all methods of analysis for the risks of sea-level rise only focus on financial vulnerability -- ranking Fort Lauderdale Beach and Miami Beach as high-risk -- but to her, that's not the whole story.</p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 02:40:21 +0000 Wilson Sayre 30194 at http://wlrn.org Why Sea-Level Rise Might Hurt Poor Neighborhoods More Than Coastal Areas What If South Beach Becomes The Next Venice? http://wlrn.org/post/what-if-south-beach-becomes-next-venice <p>Structural engineers don't necessarily view rising sea levels as certain disaster. By definition, it's the job of the engineer to solve design and construction problems caused by environmental changes.</p><p>Business journalist Karen Rundlet examines some proposed solutions for sea-level rise. She interviews the University of Miami's Dr. Antonio Nanni about embracing some unusual possibilities. Click play to hear the interview.</p> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 13:08:29 +0000 Karen Rundlet 23767 at http://wlrn.org What If South Beach Becomes The Next Venice? For A Future Glimpse Of Sea-Level Rise, Check Out The King Tide http://wlrn.org/post/future-glimpse-sea-level-rise-check-out-king-tide <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Want to see the effects of sea-level rise?&nbsp; Don’t want to wait 50 years?&nbsp; Just walk to virtually any coastal area during the natural phenomenon called “King Tide.”</span></p><p>There are plenty of charts, graphs and artist renderings hinting at what South Florida will look like once sea-level rise gets a foothold. &nbsp;But experts say it’s probably Mother Nature who offers the most vivid preview of things to come.</p> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 13:05:30 +0000 Christine DiMattei 23400 at http://wlrn.org For A Future Glimpse Of Sea-Level Rise, Check Out The King Tide Sea-Level Rise Taking The Pines Out Of Big Pine Key http://wlrn.org/post/sea-level-rise-taking-pines-out-big-pine-key <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Big Pine Key takes its name from the pine forests that cover the island, about 30 miles from Key West. Rare plants and endangered animals — such as the Key deer — live in those forests.</span></p> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 21:00:19 +0000 Nancy Klingener 23774 at http://wlrn.org Sea-Level Rise Taking The Pines Out Of Big Pine Key Sea-Level Rise Will Flood South Florida. Now What? http://wlrn.org/post/sea-level-rise-will-flood-south-florida-now-what <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 20:44:32 +0000 Elaine Chen 23719 at http://wlrn.org Sea-Level Rise Will Flood South Florida. Now What? Building For Sea-Level Rise -- Without Rules http://wlrn.org/post/building-sea-level-rise-without-rules <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Miami-Dade County has recently worked out a $1.5 billion plan with the Environmental Protection Agency to fix its aging sewer system — an over-burdened network of pipes, pumps and plants that’s leaked a lot of sewage in the past years.</span></p><p>But a local environmental group says there’s a major piece missing from that agreement: climate-change planning in a consent decree.</p> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 17:57:18 +0000 Arianna Prothero 22978 at http://wlrn.org Building For Sea-Level Rise -- Without Rules Special Programming: 'Rising Seas In South Florida' http://wlrn.org/post/special-programming-rising-seas-south-florida <p>Starting Nov. 7, the&nbsp;WLRN-Miami Herald News staff brought you feature coverage of the effects sea-level rise has on our coastal communities.</p><p>Reporting fellow Wilson Sayre&nbsp;produced an hour-long special including the past weeks' feature programming and previously unaired content. The program, "Rising Seas in South Florida," was hosted by&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">WLRN&nbsp;vice-president of news Tom Hudson and aired at noon on Thursday, Nov. 14.</span></p><p>Listen to it here:</p> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 17:11:22 +0000 Wilson Sayre, Tom Hudson & Maria Murriel 23751 at http://wlrn.org Special Programming: 'Rising Seas In South Florida' Outdated Miami Canals Too Weak For Sea-Level Rise http://wlrn.org/post/outdated-miami-canals-too-weak-sea-level-rise <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>It’s been more than half a century since flood-control structures such as dams and canals were constructed throughout Florida. Now, with the impact of sea-level rise on the horizon, many of these structures are becoming fragile barriers to keep floodwaters and tidal surge safely away.</p> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 20:24:37 +0000 Patricia Sagastume 23657 at http://wlrn.org Outdated Miami Canals Too Weak For Sea-Level Rise Underwater Real Estate http://wlrn.org/post/underwater-real-estate <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 12:54:19 +0000 Tom Hudson 23500 at http://wlrn.org Underwater Real Estate Fort Lauderdale Ahead Of The State When It Comes To Sea-Level Rise Protection http://wlrn.org/post/fort-lauderdale-ahead-state-when-it-comes-sea-level-rise-protection <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If not for its patchwork of different shades of asphalt, you would never imagine the stretch of State Road </span>A1A<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> along Fort Lauderdale Beach was all underwater a year ago.</span></p> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 12:53:59 +0000 Wilson Sayre 23529 at http://wlrn.org Fort Lauderdale Ahead Of The State When It Comes To Sea-Level Rise Protection What To Make Of All Those Sea-Level Rise Projections http://wlrn.org/post/what-make-all-those-sea-level-rise-projections <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Climate scientists largely agree that sea level is rising. The extent of the change is a far more complicated matter.</span></p><p class="p2"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“Probably two feet. Three feet, possibly,” said David Enfield, a climatologist with the University of Miami and the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration. “As an extreme -- if for example we see an unexpected acceleration of the melting ice in Greenland and Antarctica, something else we’re not observing -- we could be seeing six feet by the end of the century.”</span></p> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 12:00:23 +0000 Kenny Malone 23430 at http://wlrn.org What To Make Of All Those Sea-Level Rise Projections Key West Awash With Plans For Rising Sea Level http://wlrn.org/post/key-west-awash-plans-rising-sea-level Florida — especially South Florida — is very flat and very low, and in places like Miami Beach and Key West, buildings are just 3 feet above sea level. Scientists now say there may be a 3-foot rise in the world's oceans by the end of the century.<p>Under ordinances recently adopted in Key West, all new buildings will have to be raised at least a foot and a half higher than the old standard, use green building codes, and have large, freshwater cisterns. The water will be used in gardens, swimming pools and toilets. Tue, 12 Nov 2013 08:06:00 +0000 Greg Allen 23532 at http://wlrn.org Key West Awash With Plans For Rising Sea Level Wild Money: Crocs, Cash And Sea-Level Rise http://wlrn.org/post/wild-money-crocs-cash-and-sea-level-rise <p>As water levels rise in the Everglades, are prolific pythons and their iguana cousins going to come slithering out, seeking higher ground and pushing out our local crocs? The very idea makes most of us want to relocate.<br /><br />It turns out wildlife biologists and other scientists have been studying for the past few years what might happen to more than 20 Everglades species. One conclusion: Soon, we all may be scrambling for a higher perch.<br /> Fri, 08 Nov 2013 23:46:16 +0000 Laura Coburn 23431 at http://wlrn.org Wild Money: Crocs, Cash And Sea-Level Rise