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Climate Change
6:00 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Broward County Mayor Leads Local Response To Sea Level Rise

Broward County Mayor Kristin Jacobs
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Even before last year's coastal calamity caused by superstorm Sandy, Broward County Mayor Kristin Jacobs was trying to get everyone's attention about sea-level rise and it's impact on South Florida.

She's one of the founding members of the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact, a multi-county effort to help local governments plan ahead. Jacobs is a longtime county commissioner serving a second one-year term as mayor, a largely ceremonial role.

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Earth Day
1:53 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Al Gore: How Six Trends Will Impact Florida, The World

Al Gore
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Today is Earth Day. 

And here in low-lying, hurricane prone Florida, the day has special meaning.

Sea-level rise is no longer something so incremental that we don't notice.

It's real and visible, and planning for a future of rising oceans has become a top priority for local towns, cities and counties across the state.

For some perspective, WLRN turned to former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, who has become one of world's foremost thinkers on the consequences of global warming and climate change.

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Science
7:01 am
Tue April 16, 2013

2 Million Floridians Threatened By Sea Level Rise, But New Study Says It Can Be Slowed

Parts of Miami will be under water if sea level rise projections are correct.
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If sea level rise continues unabated, sections of South Florida -- and Miami in particular -- will be under water in a matter of decades. But a new study suggests that swift reductions in "short-lived climate pollutants" and carbon dioxide levels could help to slow the rise.  

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Everglades Restoration and Climate Change
7:02 am
Wed April 3, 2013

Why Everglades Restoration Really Needs To Be About Adapting To Climate Change

Robert Johnson, with the Department of Interior, talks to members of the National Academies about how projected sea level rise will impact the Everglades.
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When the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) was approved in 2000, it was a historic move to "restore, protect and preserve" water resources in central and south Florida. The 30-year framework was designed with the ultimate goal of restoring historic water-flows to a "dying ecosystem." Project leaders and scientists are now focused on incorporating climate change adaptation into the plans and acknowledging that the Everglades will likely never look the way it once did. 

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Science
7:02 am
Mon March 25, 2013

Impact Of Tamiami Trail Bridge 'Will Be Huge,' Says Conservationalist

The Tamiami Trail bridging seeks to restore historic water flows to the Everglades.
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State officials, local dignitaries, and conservationalists gathered last Tuesday to celebrate the completion of the first phase of the Tamiami Trail bridge project. The plan took more than two decades to achieve and is part of a larger effort to restore fresh water flow to the Everglades.

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Climate Change and Coral Reefs
7:01 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Climate Change Could Ruin Snorkeling And Fishing In Florida

Ocean warming and acidification are causing a decline in Florida's coral reefs, which are popular with fish and humans alike.
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The future of some of Florida's smallest and most seldom seen inhabitants is under threat from climate change, and that could spell big trouble further up the food chain, scientists say. South Florida's coral and algae populations are declining as ocean temperatures rise and there's an economic factor to consider, according to researchers who study the coastal underwater ecosystems. 

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Climate Change In Florida Schools
11:02 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Florida Not Among States Expected To Teach Students About Climate Change

Florida isn't on the list of 26 states expected to adopt new science education standards that include lessons on climate change.
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More than two dozen states are expected to adopt new national science education standards that include teaching children as young as elementary school about the effects of climate change. Florida was not among the 26 states that helped to "provide leadership" during the development stage of the Next Generation Science Standards, and it is unclear if it is among the roughly 15 states "that have indicated they may accept them," according to Inside Climate News

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Humidity and Worker Productivity
7:31 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Humidity Will Worsen With Climate Change And With It, Worker Productivity

As temperatures around the country rise, worker productivity will take a dive.
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Anyone who has tried to tend a garden or walk the dog in the height of a South Florida summer understands the energy-zapping qualities of a heat and humidity combo. A recently released study reports that climate change will mean an increase in those sticky, sweaty days.

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Florida Property Insurance Rates
7:00 am
Wed February 27, 2013

How Will The Florida Legislature Tackle Property Insurance Rates? Good Question, Says Senator

Property insurance costs are high and on the rise in Florida.
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Getting a handle on property insurance rates is a top priority in the upcoming Florida Legislature 2013 regular session, but it's no easy task, according to popular consensus at Monday night's Town Hall session hosted by WLRN and the Miami Herald

"The legislature is in a terrible box," said Mary Ellen Klas, the capital bureau chief for the Miami Herald and a panelist at Monday's event. "This is one of the tough issues they have to grapple with."

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Miami Sea Level Rise
8:01 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Miami Among "Most At Risk" For Sea Level Rise, Federal Climate Change Report Says

Coastal flooding will worsen in Miami if climate change patterns continue, according to a federal draft report.
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Florida -- and Miami in particular -- should prepare for habitat destruction, loss of cropland, increased salt-water intrusion, worsening coastal flooding, and a host of related disasters if climate change and sea level rise patterns continue, according to findings in a federal "draft climate report."

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Sea walls in Palm Beach County
8:29 am
Tue February 19, 2013

Sea Walls Designed To Save Beaches May Actually Speed Up Erosion

Hurricane Sandy and seasonal high tides destroyed much of Fort Lauderdale's beach.
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The beach is emblematic of Florida life, so it computes that waterside residents in Palm Beach County are scrambling to find ways to keep the beach from crumbling into the ocean. Unfortunately, proposed sea walls -- meant to slow the beach erosion widely seen throughout South Florida -- actually hasten the problem, according to some environmental groups and government officials. 

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Sea Level Rise Maps
2:00 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Interactive Maps Paint A Picture Of Sea Level Rise In Florida

This map, from 1917, shows Florida before the issue of sea level rise was on the mind of many a coastal resident.
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 A new study from a German research institute identifies urban areas most threatened by sea level rise and indicates that although sea level rise has been occurring for more than a century, it's not happening at a steady rate around the globe. This is due to regional variances in temperature, circulation, and ocean density.

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Climate Change State of the Union
3:00 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

The State Of The Union Of Climate Change: How Will Obama Address Global Warming?

Climate change watchdogs want to know how Obama will weigh in on the issue of global warming.
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On Tuesday night, President Barack Obama will give the first State of the Union address of his second term. Among the many issues that impact South Floridians -- jobs, immigration reform, Medicare -- climate change is one of the hot-button topics expected to make the agenda. 

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Florida Forever Coalition
10:00 am
Sat February 9, 2013

What Gov. Rick Scott's $74.2 Billion Budget Would Mean For South Florida Environmental Projects

Gov. Rick Scott is proposing big boosts for environmental projects in his 2013-2014 budget.
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 If Gov. Rick Scott's proposed $74.2 billion budget passes the Legislature intact, it would include $75 million for conservation land projects spearheaded by the Florida Forever Coalition. The 2013-2014 budget also includes $60 million for Everglades restoration and $6.5 million for restoring springs.  

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The Florida Roundup
12:00 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

How The Dolphins Stadium Won State GOP Votes

A bill that would allow public money to help fund renovation for the Sun Life stadium unanimously passed a state Senate committee.
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On the Florida Roundup: The Dolphins jump the first hurdles in their quest for public money to upgrade Sun Life Stadium.  

Rising tides on your street - how sea level rise could cost our region millions

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