climate change http://wlrn.org en Scientist To Governor: Stop Spreading Doubt About Climate Change http://wlrn.org/post/scientist-governor-stop-spreading-doubt-about-climate-change <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Gov. Rick Scott has been repeatedly quoted as saying </span><a href="http://miamiherald.typepad.com/nakedpolitics/2014/05/rick-scott-wont-say-if-he-thinks-man-made-climate-change-is-real-significant.html" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">"I'm not a scientist"</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> when asked whether he believes in man-made climate change.</span></p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:31:03 +0000 Gina Jordan 35947 at http://wlrn.org Scientist To Governor: Stop Spreading Doubt About Climate Change Climate Change: Environmental Group Asks "What's Your Plan, Gov?" http://wlrn.org/post/climate-change-environmental-group-asks-whats-your-plan-gov <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The federal government released the third&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.globalchange.gov/ncadac" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank" title="Access to the report.">National Climate Assessment</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in May.</span></p><p>The report found that global sea level rose about eight inches in the last century and is projected to rise between one and four feet this century.&nbsp;</p><p>It names Miami as one of the cities most vulnerable to severe damage from rising sea levels.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 19:47:10 +0000 Gina Jordan 35556 at http://wlrn.org Climate Change: Environmental Group Asks "What's Your Plan, Gov?" 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 Caribbean Crusader: St. Vincent PM Gonsalves On Development And Disaster http://wlrn.org/post/caribbean-crusader-st-vincent-pm-gonsalves-development-and-disaster <p> Christmas 2013 was the best and worst of times for Ralph Gonsalves.</p><p>Gonsalves, Prime Minister of the Caribbean island nation of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, met with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Dec. 19. For Gonsalves, an outspoken populist who was about to take over as chairman of the Caribbean Community, or Caricom, it was a moment of valuable political cachet: Francis has proven a champion of poor global underdogs like the small republics of the Caribbean.</p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 22:47:01 +0000 Tim Padgett 26154 at http://wlrn.org Caribbean Crusader: St. Vincent PM Gonsalves On Development And Disaster Caribbean Deluge Disaster Raises New Climate Change Warnings http://wlrn.org/post/caribbean-deluge-disaster-raises-new-climate-change-warnings <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On Christmas Eve, the islands of the eastern Caribbean were hammered by 15 inches of torrential rain. The flooding and landslides killed at least 13 people. South Florida’s Caribbean </span>diaspora<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is gathering relief supplies - and officials are sounding the climate change alarm.</span></p><p>Ralph Gonsalves, the prime minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, calls last week’s downpour “a disaster of a proportion…we have not seen in living memory.” Gonsalves himself lost a cousin killed in a landslide.</p> Thu, 02 Jan 2014 13:26:57 +0000 Tim Padgett 25859 at http://wlrn.org Caribbean Deluge Disaster Raises New Climate Change Warnings LISTEN: Sea-Level Rise In South Florida Town Hall http://wlrn.org/post/listen-sea-level-rise-south-florida-town-hall <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">WLRN-Miami Herald News hosted a coastal-communities town hall on Nov. 7 as part of our more-than-weeklong multimedia series on the effects of sea-level rise, called </span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Elevation Zero: Rising Seas in South Florida</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p> Sat, 16 Nov 2013 01:48:11 +0000 Daniel Hicks & Maria Murriel 23204 at http://wlrn.org LISTEN: Sea-Level Rise In South Florida Town Hall Sea Level Limbo In The Caribbean: How Low Can You Go? http://wlrn.org/post/sea-level-limbo-caribbean-how-low-can-you-go <p>The folks in the Bahamas hamlet of Dunmore Town seem blissfully unaware of sea level rise. One resort hotel operator I called in Dunmore, which sits on Harbour Island, dismissed it altogether.</p><p>“I was just down at our beachside bar,” she said. “I didn’t notice the sea level rising.” (Yes, she was serious.)</p> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 13:55:15 +0000 Tim Padgett 23338 at http://wlrn.org Sea Level Limbo In The Caribbean: How Low Can You Go? How South Florida Kids Learn About Sea-Level Rise http://wlrn.org/post/how-south-florida-kids-learn-about-sea-level-rise <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Standing at the water’s edge on Florida International University's Biscayne Bay campus,&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Nicholas Ogle&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">shows a crowd of teenagers what looks like a giant, rotten green bean.</span></p><p>“We don’t want any mushiness anywhere, especially at the top,” he says, then chucks the specimen to the side.</p> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 12:01:15 +0000 Sammy Mack 23318 at http://wlrn.org How South Florida Kids Learn About Sea-Level Rise 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 RFK Jr.: Where The Feds Have Failed On The Environment, Carbon http://wlrn.org/post/rfk-jr-where-feds-have-failed-environment-carbon <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Robert F. Kennedy, </span>Jr<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. is no stranger to stirring up controversy. As the </span>50th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> anniversary of his uncle's assassination approaches, his previously secret diaries have brought forth more private revelations about him and his famous family.</span></p><p></p><p></p><p>But he may be more comfortable poking at the fossil fuel industry (which he calls “criminal”) while also acting as a green technology entrepreneur.</p> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 12:13:44 +0000 Tom Hudson 23331 at http://wlrn.org RFK Jr.: Where The Feds Have Failed On The Environment, Carbon 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 Why Modern Human Beings Aren't Built To Grasp Climate Change http://wlrn.org/post/why-modern-human-beings-arent-built-grasp-climate-change <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A decade ago, sea-level rise from climate change was a political argument with very little external reality in the minds of most people.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But University of Miami professor Kenny Broad might have said then what he says right now.</span></p><p>"This isn't some future generation problem," Broad said. "It’s in our lap right now and we don’t have a lot of time to make some clear decisions."</p> Thu, 07 Nov 2013 21:18:35 +0000 Rick Stone 23297 at http://wlrn.org Why Modern Human Beings Aren't Built To Grasp Climate Change Will South Florida’s Real Estate Market Prices Plunge As The Seas Rise? http://wlrn.org/post/will-south-florida-s-real-estate-market-prices-plunge-seas-rise <p>Plenty of local realtors will describe South Florida’s housing market as recharged.&nbsp; The latest reading from the popular&nbsp;Case-Shiller&nbsp;Index showed sales of single-family homes up 13.5 percent from a year ago in August.</p><p>There is continued demand for waterfront properties, fueled in large part by international cash buyers from countries like Canada and Brazil. In Miami-Dade County, for instance, the category of luxury properties selling at price points above $600,000 and below $1 million, saw growth in sales of almost 68 percent.</p><p>However, the question remains. If you add the threat of rising sea levels to the real estate investment equation in South Florida, are rooms with an ocean view actually a terrible place to put your money?</p><p> Thu, 07 Nov 2013 21:18:01 +0000 John Dorschner 23351 at http://wlrn.org Will South Florida’s Real Estate Market Prices Plunge As The Seas Rise? Meet The Miami Man Spearheading Climate-Change Research http://wlrn.org/post/meet-miami-man-spearheading-climate-change-research <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Growing up in landlocked Iowa may be precisely the reason that the lure of the ocean was so strong for Brian </span>Soden<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It pulled him from the cornfields to the waters around the University of Miami with designs on perhaps being the next Jacques </span>Cousteau<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p>Except for one pesky problem. He didn't care all that much for biology. No fish fetish here.</p> Thu, 07 Nov 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Kelley Mitchell 23268 at http://wlrn.org Meet The Miami Man Spearheading Climate-Change Research Exclusive: See Meta Impact Of Sea-Level Rise On South Florida http://wlrn.org/post/exclusive-see-meta-impact-sea-level-rise-south-florida <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Global warming has raised global sea level about 8 inches since 1880 while rising seas dramatically increase the odds of damaging floods from storm surges. In fact, a Climate Central </span><a href="http://sealevel.climatecentral.org/research/reports/surging-seas/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">analysis</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> found that the odds of worse floods occurring by 2030 are on track to double or more for widespread areas of the U.S.</span></p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 23:14:36 +0000 Daniel Hicks 23215 at http://wlrn.org Exclusive: See Meta Impact Of Sea-Level Rise On South Florida