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 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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