climate change

Politics
6:32 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

Pres. Obama Emphasizes Effects Of Climate Change But Some Demand More Action

President Barack Obama spoke about the risks the Everglades faces because of climate change. The president quoted Marjory Stoneman Douglas: "There is no other Everglades in the world."
Credit Daniel Ducassi

President Barack Obama visited the Everglades last week to commemorate Earth Day and to talk about the risks climate change poses to South Florida, the nation, and the world. 

"If we don't act, there may not be an Everglades as we know it," the president said.

The president also used the opportunity to chide Governor Rick Scott for his administration’s unofficial ban of the phrase "climate change."

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Climate Change
12:48 am
Mon April 27, 2015

Chalk And Rising Seas Combine In Delray Beach

Volunteers begin to draw the chalk line along Frog Alley in Delray Beach.
Credit Lisann Ramos

If you took a stroll through Delray Beach this weekend, you may have noticed a white chalk line on certain sidewalks and roads.

Along three neighborhoods in Delray Beach a group of volunteers pushed a field marker to release three lines of chalk. Each line spans three miles.

The chalk was drawn on the line where scientists project floodwaters will reach in the next major storm. In Delray Beach that’s four feet above sea level.

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Environment
1:09 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Community Talks The Future Of Turkey Point In Public Meeting

A view of Turkey Point Nuclear Plant from Biscayne National Park.
Credit fcir.org

Florida Power And Light wants to build two new power reactors at Turkey Point in south Miami-Dade.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission met with the public Wednesday at Florida International University to discuss concerns raised by the recent FPL proposal.

Florida Representative José Javier Rodriguez was one of those who spoke out against the idea.

“Basically, the application is seeking approval for two new units on a low peninsula into a shallow bay that’s already highly vulnerable to storm surge,” Rodriguez said.

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Politics
4:31 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

President Obama Visits The Florida Everglades

Credit Jenny Staletovich / Miami Herald / Twitter

EVERGLADES--This was President Obama's first trip to the Everglades. In a speech that lasted about 15 minutes, the president reiterated his administration's stance on preserving fresh water and reducing carbon emissions.

Seemingly in response to Florida Gov. Rick Scott's purported ban on the phrase "climate change," the president said, "(climate change) can't be edited out." Gov. Scott has denied any such ban exists.

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Environment
1:58 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

State Environmental Official Utters "Climate Change" Repeatedly In Senate Committee

Sept. 21, 2013 - Activists on Miami Beach protest the state's lack of plans to deal with sea level rise caused by climate change.
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Disputing reports that state agencies are prohibited from using the words "climate change," top environmental official Jonathan Steverson repeatedly uttered the phrase during a confirmation hearing Wednesday.

Steverson, who was appointed in December by Gov. Rick Scott as secretary of Florida Department of Environmental Protection, told the Senate Environmental Preservation and Conservation Committee his agency has no policy against "climate change."

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News
4:52 pm
Fri April 3, 2015

Study Says Coral Bleaching Will Start Sooner Than Expected Because Of Climate Change

A NOAA study found that corals like these near the Dry Tortugas off the South Florida coast are likely to see widespread bleaching by the year 2030.
Credit Greenpeace USA/flickr

A study on the effects of climate change forecasts the widespread bleaching of coral reefs sooner than expected. Corals in the Dry Tortugas are among those at risk. 

Any change in normal conditions, like unusually warm water, can cause corals to release algae from their tissues. These algae give corals their color and provide their primary source of food.

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Sea-Level Rise
9:15 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

An Idea To Mitigate Rising Seas In Miami Beach: Lift The Entire City

Miami Beach Public Works director Eric Carpenter stands next to Purdy Ave. where workers are installing a piece of the city's expansive pump system.
Credit Kenny Malone

One way Miami Beach might prepare for the threat of rising sea levels is to elevate the whole city.

“The only tried and true solution to combating rising sea levels is to raise with it,” says Eric Carpenter, public works director for the City of Miami Beach.

As the city celebrates its centennial, the top-level engineer and Miami Beach resident spoke with WLRN about how sea-level rise will affect the city’s next 100 years.

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Environment
12:53 am
Tue March 17, 2015

General To Congress: Climate Change Will Threaten Our National Security

Credit FL Center for Environmental Studies

A leader must possess imagination. -- Omar Nelson Bradley, Army General, World War II, Korean War

Military leaders depend on imagination. Conflict can spring up anywhere in the world, so leaders must be thinking about every possible scenario, every consequence on action taken or not taken. And that's what a group of retired admirals and generals are asking of political leaders: Have imagination. Consider all the possible consequences of climate change and its impact on the national security of the United States.

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Newscast
6:52 am
Mon March 16, 2015

March 16, 2015: Fallout Continues After Investigation Into Scott's Climate Change 'ban'

Today on WLRN-Miami Herald News, you heard:

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Florida Roundup
11:31 am
Fri March 13, 2015

Florida Roundup: The DEP Ban On 'Climate Change'

Florida Gov. Rick Scott speaks to reporters outside Hialeah’s Casa Maiz restaurant Monday.
Credit Patti Mazzei / Miami Herald

Gov. Rick Scott's office is continuing to deny that the administration unofficially banned the use of the terms "climate change" and "global warming" after former state employees said they were told not to use those words. 

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Environment
1:42 am
Mon March 9, 2015

In Florida, Officials Ban Term "Climate Change"

Jim Harper, formerly DEP: We were told not to use the term climate change.
Credit FCIR

The state of Florida is the region most susceptible to the effects of global warming in this country, according to scientists. Sea-level rise alone threatens 30 percent of the state’s beaches over the next 85 years.

But you would not know that by talking to officials at the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the state agency on the front lines of studying and planning for these changes.

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Environment
1:56 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

South Florida Researcher To Sit With Michelle Obama For SOTU Speech

Nicole Hernandez Hammer, Florida Field Manager for Moms Clean Air Force
Credit whitehouse.gov

A South Florida sea-level rise researcher will have one of the best seats in the house for the President’s State of the Union address Tuesday night.

Nicole Hernandez Hammer of Boca Raton will be one of First Lady Michelle Obama’s invited guests.

Hernandez Hammer says her research shows that cities and regions most vulnerable to the effects of climate change and sea-level rise also have large Hispanic populations.

“Most people don’t know about our vulnerability. That was really eye-opening and encouraged me to go into advocacy,” she says.

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Coral
3:02 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Study Shows South Florida Soft Corals May Withstand Climate Change

Researchers at the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science are studying how coral grow under different conditions of climate change.
Credit Jenny Staletovich / Miami Herald Staff

As the oceans absorb more carbon on a planet increasingly choked by greenhouse gases, scientists worry its reefs — the great storm-deflecting rampart for much of the tropics — will crumble and fall.

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Politics
4:24 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Jobs, Education, Tax Cuts Top Priorities In Gov. Rick Scott's Second Term

Gov. Rick Scott greets supporters at a campaign event at Orlando Harley-Davidson in November.
Credit Scott For Florida

Gov. Rick Scott’s inauguration is less than a month away. Scott is only the second Republican governor in Florida history to win reelection. Jeb Bush was the first.

Scott told reporters at the Capitol this week he'll focus on education and tax cuts, as well as growing jobs during his second term. 

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Environment
6:13 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Climate Change Worsens Coastal Flooding From High Tides

Cindy Minnix waits for a bus in a flooded street on Oct. 18, 2012, in Miami Beach. A changing climate is making floods related to high tides more frequent, scientists say.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

Originally published on Thu October 9, 2014 9:58 am

A wave of high tides is expected to hit much of the East Coast this week. These special tides — king tides — occur a few times a year when the moon's orbit brings it close to the Earth.

But scientists say that lately, even normal tides throughout the year are pushing water higher up onto land. And that's causing headaches for people who live along coastlines.

As Bob Dylan might have put it, the tides, they are a changin'.

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