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Sea level rise is accelerating in Florida, scientists warn

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Clay Henderson has lived on the same block along the Indian River in New Smyrna Beach for 34 years. Living in a storm-prone state like Florida, you expect to see a river top its bank on occasion, but only in the past two years has Henderson seen it happen on sunny days. He hears similar stories almost everywhere he travels in Florida. In dozens of locations along the state’s 1,350-mile coastline, sea level rise is no longer an esoteric discussion…

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St. Pete receives grant to help update climate action plan

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St. Petersburg has received a $20,000 grant from the Urban Land Institute to help refine the city’s climate action plan to help handle coastal vulnerabilities and the threat of sea level rise. The grant comes from the ULI’s Urban Resilience Program, which enhances the long-term sustainability and livability of communities by helping them better withstand the detrimental impacts of climate change, including the ability to quickly and safely recover from severe weather-related events. The Urban Resilience Program is part of ULI’s Center for Sustainability,…

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Jerry Brown to Rick Scott: “Start doing something about climate change”

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California Gov. Jerry Brown is calling on Gov. Rick Scott to stop the “silly political stunts and start doing something about climate change.” Scott is in California this week as part of a trade mission to Los Angeles, San Jose and San Francisco. The Associated Press reported that Scott is scheduled to meet with 13 companies. He also participated in a panel discussion being hosted by the Milken Institute. In his letter to Scott, Brown welcomed the Naples Republican back…

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As Florida Keys flood, property worries seep in

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Extreme high tides have turned streets into canal-like swamps in the Florida Keys, with armies of mosquitoes and the stench of stagnating water filling the air, and residents worried rising sea levels will put a damper on property values in the island chain. On Key Largo, a tropical isle famous for snorkeling and fishing, the floods began in late September. While people expected high tides due to the season and the influence of a super moon, they were taken by…

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Environmentalists to converge on Marco Rubio’s Tampa office wearing life vests to emphasize sea level rise

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Things are going to look a little silly outside of U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio’s Tampa office Wednesday evening as folks are winding up their work day. Environmental groups and supporters are gathering at 5 p.m. in life vests and pool floaties to demand that Rubio be a climate leader, not denier. The event is planned in coordination with 135 cities on a national day of action demanding action on climate change. Florida is ground zero for sea-level rise associated with…

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Pinellas County officials looking for solutions to rising sea level

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Some of Pinellas’ show-runners have decided sea level rise is a subject worth exploring. County Commissioner Ken Welch, director of Pinellas County Economic Development Mike Meidel, Pinellas County Natural Resources division manager Kelli Hammer Levy, and Libby Carnahan, a UF/IFAS Florida Sea Grant Extension agent, will all be attending a sea level rise conference at St. Petersburg College in early October. “The goal of the conference is to come up with strategies for either mitigating the effects of sea level…

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Miami’s Freedom Tower under water by 2060? Unlikely, scientist says

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Could the Freedom Tower in Miami, where U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio on Monday announced his bid for president, be underwater by 2060? Before Rubio announced on Monday that he was running for president in 2016, NextGen Climate suggested the building could be underwater by 2060. The political action committee said Florida is on the front line of climate change and called on the Republican senator from Miami to take a stronger stance on climate change. “Florida’s rising sea levels jeopardize the…

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