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Global Warming Has Florida in its Sights

Hanging on...

As the international forum on climate change heats up in Paris this week, it's placing a spotlight on places such as Florida - which could be Ground Zero for rising sea levels in the United States.

One computer model has the Florida Keys completely under water in a little over a century - if greenhouse-causing carbon emissions aren't curtailed.

WUSF's Steve Newborn talks about the implications for Florida with Jack Payne,  senior vice president for agriculture and natural resources at the University of Florida. Payne recalls one night in September during a blue moon - the second full moon of the month - when a severe high tide nearly took out the seawall of his home in Cedar Key.

Read a story from Climate Central, a group of scientists and independent journalists, that shows the impact of sea level rise on global icons here.


Steve Newborn is a WUSF reporter and producer at WUSF covering environmental issues and politics in the Tampa Bay area.
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