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Study Finds Florida's Military Bases Vulnerable To Sea Level Rise

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Climate researchers say Florida’s military bases are vulnerable to sea level rise.

By 2050, the naval bases at Key West and Jacksonville could lose 20%  of their land to changing tides. That’s according to a new study conducted by the Union of Concerned Scientists. The researchers analyzed the future effects of sea level rise, storm surge and flood events at 18 military installations along the East Coast and Gulf of Mexico. Astrid Caldas co-wrote the study, and she says the military is actively planning for climate change.

“They’re being very proactive from what we have seen and what we heard in our conversations with points of contact. Many of these bases have protections in place, which need to be updated for future conditions, as we state in our report,” she said.

The military recognizes climate change as a national security issue, and is working with environmental researchers to prepare vulnerable bases around the world.

As a Tallahassee native, Kate Payne grew up listening to WFSU. She loves being part of a station that had such an impact on her. Kate is a graduate of the Florida State University College of Motion Picture Arts. With a background in documentary and narrative filmmaking, Kate has a broad range of multimedia experience. When she’s not working, you can find her rock climbing, cooking or hanging out with her cat.