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A group of young plaintiffs say they are not dropping a lawsuit against the state and Gov. Ron DeSantis over climate change.

A recent poll from Florida Atlantic University finds that the coronavirus pandemic has not significantly changed the way Floridians feel about climate change.

Lake Hancock solar facility
Steve Newborn / WUSF Public Media

Duke Energy recently announced plans for three new solar power plants in Florida -- two of which are in the greater Tampa Bay region.

Eight Florida youths standing together on a beach.
Robin Loznak / Our Children's Trust

A group of young people from Florida had their lawsuit against the state over climate change dismissed by a circuit judge in Leon County on Monday, and the kids plan to appeal.

Kathy Castor at podium
U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ryan C. Grossklag

U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (D-Tampa) has been appointed to one of five task forces established by presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and chief rival Sen. Bernie Sanders in an effort to unify the party.

Heat-Related Illness Rising With Temperatures

May 5, 2020

Sixteen-year-old Zach Martin was propped up against his football coach and moaning incoherently when his mom got to the field. Around him, other boys were frantically taking off their shirts, plunging them in the cooler and dripping the icy water on their teammate to try and bring him relief. But it wasn’t enough.

Heat Policies In Florida May Overlook Most Vulnerable

May 4, 2020
men unloading tomatoes off truck
AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File

Florida Gators football fans need only take a few steps to find relief from soaring stadium temperatures. Chilly misting stations, free all-you-can-drink ice water and specially designed air-conditioned “cooling buses” are available during the hottest home games at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Athletic officials note that heat-related problems are a real danger and a common predicament on game days.

flooded street
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Florida’s first-ever — and short-lived — climate change czar set a clear priority for the state: Protect the real estate market.

 Alexia Fodere
Miami Herald / WLRN

It came a week after the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, but a virtual roundtable on climate change and its effects on Florida took place Monday.

The League of Conservation Voters event was held in conjunction with the Joe Biden for President Campaign and spoke about how the former vice president would address the issue if elected. The LCV endorsed the presumptive Democratic nominee last week.

Florida’s Climate Change Efforts 'Disjointed,' Former State Resilience Officer Found

Apr 23, 2020
Aerial view of Redington Beach
LUIS SANTANA/Tampa Bay Times

Florida’s first chief resilience officer was in the job only a few months before she determined the state lacked a strategy for dealing with climate change.

Fort Lauderdale's Polluted Waterways Need Help: Here Come The Oysters

Mar 15, 2020
Two men deploying oyster traps
Mike Stocker/South Florida Sun Sentinel

As broken sewage pipes foul Fort Lauderdale’s waterways, a group of conservationists has begun deploying one of the world’s most formidable filtration systems.

FREEPORT, GRAND BAHAMA — A few days after Hurricane Dorian, Amanda Kellowan rummaged through what was left. She had just spent 36 hours in the attic of her home, fleeing from the 30-foot storm surge that swept over her island home of Grand Bahama last September.

Walking the trails around the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse area, it’s easy to see why the site’s manager describes the role as his dream job.

He's been working there for six years, and remembers its individual plants in precise detail. 

"I remember when this mangrove used to sit on the fringe, and now it's 10, 11 feet out there on its own little clump," he says, gesturing. Further down the trail, he points out sand pine scrub and hardwood hammock ecosystems that he's seen flourish over the years. 

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) has announced that he has joined the bipartisan Senate Climate Solutions Caucus. It’s the first caucus he has become a member of since taking office in 2011.

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Julia Nesheiwat, hired by Gov. Ron DeSantis in August as Florida's first chief resilience officer, is reportedly going back to the federal government.

CARL JUSTE/MIAMI HERALD

A decade ago, if a Floridian wanted extra cash to replace a roof, install solar panels or a brand new air conditioner, the most common choice was a bank loan. But for the last few years, homeowners also have had a controversial new option.

Coping with storm surge fueled by rising seas in the Keys means elevating homes, buyouts in vulnerable areas, protecting important places like hospitals and wastewater plants and stabilizing parts of the Overseas Highway that could get washed out in storms.

Winters are warming faster than other seasons across much of the United States. While that may sound like a welcome change for those bundled in scarves and hats, it's causing a cascade of unpredictable impacts in communities across the country.

Temperatures continue to steadily rise around the globe, but that trend isn't spread evenly across the map or even the yearly calendar.

In love, timing is everything, the saying goes. The same is true for fruit and nut orchards in California's Central Valley, which depend on a synchronized springtime bloom for pollination. But as winters warm with climate change, that seasonal cycle is being thrown off.

Cold is a crucial ingredient for California's walnuts, cherries, peaches, pears and pistachios, which ultimately head to store shelves around the country. The state grows around 99% of the country's walnut and pistachio crop.

A right whale emerging from the water.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

North Atlantic right whales – already the most endangered large whale species in the world – are becoming even more at risk as rising sea temperatures make it harder to find food or safe waters.

Why Are Californians Asking About Florida Cow Poop? It's All About Climate Change

Feb 13, 2020

A California company has arrived in Florida for a kind of reverse gold rush, but it's not seeking precious metal -- it wants manure.

Two colossal oyster shells on a person's hand. The top shell is two-thirds the size of the bottom shell.
Jessica Meszaros

Colossal oysters, which once thrived in Florida's northern Gulf Coast, are shrinking in size and in numbers. Scientists at the University of South Florida published a study in the journal Biology Letters on Feb. 5 that examines this loss. 

Climate change threatens to dramatically alter the coastal landscape of Miami-Dade in coming decades — one way or another.

Updated Feb. 11 at 10:04 a.m. ET

On the front lines of climate change, warming temperatures and thawing permafrost are making it harder to get an accurate count for the 2020 census in some of the most remote communities of Alaska.

Forget Hurricanes And Sea Rise. This Bill Could Lead To A Building Boom In The Keys

Feb 7, 2020
AL DIAZ/ASSOCIATED PRESS

The Florida Keys has been battered by hurricanes, flooded by sea level rise and is gentrifying quickly. But one state lawmaker from Naples wants to add thousands more homes to the island chain, a place many local leaders believe is already built to capacity.

Experts are once again telling Miami Beach to raise its roads against the threat of rising seas, this time even higher. And once again, residents are pushing back hard.

Jose Melendez, who lives in San Francisco, was visiting Miami about a week before the Super Bowl. He said he’s planning to cheer on his team from afar.

“I’m not going. I can’t afford it. It’s too expensive,” he said with a laugh, wearing a bright red 49ers jersey at the Super Bowl LIVE Experience, a free festival that the local host committee organized.

 

Our Region’s Greatest Threat Is Also The No. 1 Threat To Future Super Bowls In Miami

Jan 30, 2020

The Super Bowl is at Hard Rock Stadium, but the real party is 15 miles south at Bayfront Park.

That popular stretch of green space that abuts the bay is the home of Super Bowl Live, where concerts, food festivals and water shows will entertain the hundreds of thousands of tourists who will soon pack our hotels.

Increasing sea rise is going to water down the value of some of the most coveted and expensive real estate in Florida, and insurance rates will go up too.

Environmentalists rejoiced when city commissioners voted unanimously to power every home and business here with 100 percent clean energy by 2050. Two and a half years later city leaders say they still aren’t sure how they are going to do it.

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