Changing Climate South Florida

In-depth coverage of South Florida's changing climate and environmental issues
climate check Feb 29

How Climate Change Is Shaping the Future

With just over a month left, the bush fire season in Australia is far from over but the current situation is much improved. Almost all of the fires are out in Australia, and according to the New South...

  • climate change May 22

    Study Focuses on Link Between Animal-Based Foods and Climate Change

    In 2016, red meat and poultry consumption in America averaged out to about 130 pounds per person per year. The methane given off by beef and dairy animals, plus the additional energy required to feed animals, means that animal-based foods are a significant contributor to our warming planet. A new study co-conducted by researchers at the University ...
  • shark fin trade May 15

    FIU Scientist Leading Research of Shark Fin Trade

    The illegal sale of shark fins is a global problem, but one Miami scientist is leading research to fight it by going undercover on the other side of the world. Dr. Demian Chapman is a marine scientist at Florida International University, and he’s leading a team of DNA detectives as they try to expose the secrets of the shark...

  • BP oil spil May 15

    UM Researchers Studying Impacts 10 Years After BP Oil Spill

    The Deepwater Horizon oil spill is the worst in American history. Ten years ago, 11 workers were killed as 210 million gallons of oil spewed into the Gulf of Mexico, spanning 92,000 miles. BP, the company responsible for the accident, was fined billions. They also committed to funding ten years of research. Much of that research has been happening ...
  • water supply May 14

    Impacts of Water Usage During Coronavirus Pandemic

    The coronavirus has pushed the pause button on industries around the world ultimately improving air quality, but with more people staying at home, running the dishwasher more and doing extra loads of laundry, what has that meant for water usage? In India, they’re seeing the Himalayan Mountains from 100 miles away that they haven’t seen ...
  • climate change Apr 28

    What the US' Response to Coronavirus Can Teach Us About Climate Change

    Much of the global population was caught off guard as COVID-19 rapidly spread across the world, but scientists and health experts had been warning about the threat of a pandemic for decades. Those calls for action went largely unheard, resulting in our country and others caught unprepared for the coronavirus and its repercussions.

  • Gulf of Mexico Apr 21

    10 Years After BP Spill: Oil Drilled Deeper; Rules Relaxed

    Ten years ago, an oil rig explosion killed 11 workers and unleashed an environmental nightmare in the Gulf of Mexico

  • Changing Climate Feb 27

    The Devastating Wildlife Loss of Australia's Wildfires

    In the midst of the unprecedented wildfire devastation in Australia, an unfathomable wildlife catastrophe occurred. The fires overtook 27 million acres of landscape and with it the animals that live there. Scientists estimate more than a billion individual animals have been lost on the Australian continent during the 2019-2020 bushfire season. “We’...
  • Changing Climate Feb 6

    Conservationists Buy Florida Lake With Gulf Oil Spill Funds

    The Nature Conservancy has acquired a 20,161 acre piece of land in the Florida Panhandle, calling it one of the largest conservation wins in over a decade

  • climate change Jan 25

    Miami Recommits to Reducing Emissions by 2050

    With sea level rise already lapping at its door, the city of Miami made its first significant commitment to address the root cause of climate change, not just the symptoms. The city government plans to go carbon neutral by 2050, a pledge that will change everything from what city employees drive to how the city builds and how it powers…...
  • climate change Jan 22

    The Politics of Climate Change After Australian Bushfires

    On our last day here in Australia, we traveled to the country’s capital city of Canberra.  This city is home to Parliament House and Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who has been facing intense criticism for his handling of the bush fires that have been scorching the country and his views on climate change. Twelve days ago, tens of thousands......
  • Australia Wildfires Jan 21

    A Cautionary Tale: What Climate Change in Australia Signals for Us

    Welcome to Ground Zero for climate change. Australia is burning at an unprecedented rate thanks to extreme heat and drought.  And scientists saw it coming. In a 2008 report, Australian climate experts warned of a massive increase in the extent and severity of bush fires if the country and global community didn’t reduce carbon emissions. “They ...
  • Florida Jan 21

    Flooding Risks Could Devalue Florida Real Estate: Report

    Flooding due to climate change-related sea level rising, the erosion of natural barriers and long-periods of rain pose substantial economic risks to Florida, particularly to the value of South Florida real estate, according to two new reports released last week. Estimates based on past trends suggest that losses from flooding in Florida could deval...
  • Miami-Dade Dec 23, 2019

    Miami-Dade City Starts Resilience Fund for Climate Change

    A small ocean-side town in South Florida has created a “resilience fund” that will be used to help residents adopt to climate change in a first-of-its-kind effort. The town of Surfside’s fund will be used for buyouts of residents’ homes, among other projects. It also will give residents an assessment of the risks of living where they ar...
  • Donald Trump Dec 13, 2019

    Florida GOP Facing Pressure Over Climate Change

    Since taking office in January, Florida’s Republican governor has appointed a science officer, established a climate change czar and pledged to spend billions of dollars to restore the Everglades and combat the pollutants that spawn blue-green algae and red tides.

  • Florida Everglades Dec 13, 2019

    Guardians Fight Time, Climate to Save Florida Everglades

    Grabbing a clump of vegetation to steady herself, Tiffany Troxler gingerly slides her feet along the makeshift boardwalk as she ventures out into the marsh. The boards sag, dipping her up to her knees in the tea-colored water. “This is the treacherous part,” the Florida International University researcher says. “The water levels are up.” To a layma...
  • Changing Climate Dec 13, 2019

    Faster Rising Seas Forecast in South Florida in New Projection

    New scientific projections released Wednesday predict that ocean levels will rise even faster than previously forecast over the next four decades in low-lying southeastern Florida, which is already prone to frequent flooding even on sunny days. Compared with estimates made in 2015, the new prediction is for about 5 inches in additional sea level ri...
  • Changing Climate Dec 13, 2019

    Officials Want $100M for Reef Restoration in Florida Keys

    Federal officials announced plans Monday to raise $100 million to fund projects to restore seven significant coral reef sites in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. “Mission: Iconic Reefs” calls for restoring nearly 70 acres (28 hectares) of the Florida Reef Tract, one of the largest strategies ever proposed for coral restoration, the Natio...
  • Changing Climate Dec 13, 2019

    The Town of Surfside Declares Climate Emergency

    During a commission meeting Tuesday night, Surfside became the third South Florida city to recognize the growing threat climate change poses, as it declared a climate emergency. In a resolution signed by Surfside Mayor Daniel Dietch, the town joined Miami Beach and the City of Miami in urging the state of Florida and the federal government to colla...
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