climate change

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott doesn't talk about climate change.

Florida Center for Environmental Studies

An ugly moment at a meeting of Miami's sea-level rise committee last week has prompted controversy over one of its members and a discussion over the committee's mission.

Lieutenant Elizabeth Crapo, NOAA Corps / via Wikimedia Commons

South Florida’s future looks wet, salty and, unless you’re a mermaid, maybe a bit apocalyptic.

No more computer models or projections. Finally – concrete data.

A scientific paper published in February may pave the way for a new conversation about rising sea levels using data instead of projections.

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Guests for Sundial on Monday, March 12 2018:

Jeff Goodell is a climate reporter and author. He recently wrote  "The Water Will Come: Rising Seas, Sinking Cities and the Remaking of the Civilized World." Goodell  joined the program from WAMC in Albany, New York, to discuss what the future of living with rising seas will look like. 

Oscar-winning director Michel Hazanavicius has a new film, "Godard Mon Amour," showing at this year's Miami Film Festival. Hazanavicius spoke about the film, his career and the French cinema industry. 

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The story of the Lake Worth Lagoon is a tale of survival.

Over the past 100  years, urbanization has imperiled the intracoastal area between Palm Beach County’s barrier islands and the mainland. Settlers and developers dug inlets that introduced saltwater into the freshwater lagoon, making it brackish. Species from oysters and sea turtles to mangroves and seagrasses suffered.

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Scientists have long known that climate change is threatening the Everglades. But outdoor enthusiasts and environmental advocates have often looked at the two as separate issues.

About 10 miles off the Alabama coast, Ben Raines gently falls backward from a boat into the Gulf of Mexico, a scuba tank strapped to his back and handsaw on his belt. He's on a mission to collect cypress samples from 60 feet below.

"We're going to cut some pieces as if we were in a forest on land," says Raines, an environmental reporter with AL.com.

Leonardo Sagnotti / via Flickr

If you own a house in South Florida, you might want to start thinking hard about sea level rise.

The ocean here could rise a foot or more in the next 30 years -- the amount of time in a mortgage cycle -- according to University of Miami professor Harold Wanless and other researchers.  That means if you buy a house today, and rising seas put your house at risk for flooding, your property value might decrease... but your mortgage payments won’t.

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South Florida could see two feet or more of sea level rise in the next forty years, according to a joint projection by Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe counties.

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Maybe you're wondering how bad the threat is.

Maybe you're curious if you're going to see serious sea-level rise in your lifetime.

Maybe you just want to know: Is climate change a real thing?

WLRN

A state senator and congressional candidate says it’s time for Florida to have a unified strategy for sea-level rise.

To make his point this legislative session, he’s wearing rain boots in the Senate.

Last summer, Zac Peterson was on the adventure of a lifetime.

The 25-year-old teacher was helping archaeologists excavate an 800-year-old log cabin, high above the Arctic Circle on the northern coast of Alaska.

They had pitched tents right on the beach. Over the course of a month, Peterson watched a gigantic pod of beluga whales swim along the beach, came face-to-face with a hungry polar bear invading their campsite and helped dig out the skull of a rare type of polar bear.

But the most memorable thing happened right at the end of the trip.

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