Climate change

This is a stretch of Fort Lauderdale beach with water, sand, chairs with umbrellas, palm trees, and a road nearby with motorists. This beach may look very different in the coming year due to sea level rise.
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More evidence of a shift in thinking arose this week among Florida’s Republican leaders when it comes to climate change.

A Senate committee held a panel discussion focused on climate change forecasts and how state agencies should prepare.

Three words that were largely kept under wraps by legislative leadership before the last election quickly emerged during the meeting: sea level rise.

Three children stand together. The middle child is yelling into a megaphone and the other two are holding climate change-related signs.
Robbie Gaffney / WFSU

Florida Republicans are beginning to lend their voice to traditionally liberal issues like climate change and LGBTQ rights.

Florida State University

Tallahassee's Backwoods Bistro is again the scene for a free series of public policy forums this year, sponsored by the FSU College of Social Science and Public Policy.

A child lays in a fountain with water spurting around him.
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Forecasters are warning of scorching heat across a wide stretch of the U.S. South and Midwest, where the heat index will feel as high as 117 degrees (47 Celsius) in some spots. Parts of 13 states on Monday will be under heat advisories, from Texas, Louisiana and Florida in the South to Missouri and Illinois in the Midwest, the National Weather Service reported.

In Satellite Beach homes perch atop a sand dune, left exposed after a series of storms and hurricanes washed away a sea wall (April 2019)
Amy Green / WMFE News

A ban in Florida on the words “climate change” appears to be ending. The DeSantis administration is showing new leadership where state government has been absent in the past.

Lush Florida River On A Cloudy Day At Dusk
The Nature Conservancy

As the legislative session continues in the Florida Capitol, advocates question if lawmakers are making climate change a priority. 

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A Tallahassee eighth grade student is calling for a Leon County school strike tomorrow (Friday, 1/18). That student, Charlotte Stuart-Tilley, wants to focus more attention on the issue of climate change.

Rasmus Bøgeskov Larsen via Flickr

Governor-elect Ron Desantis’s environmental transition team is focusing on water quality and supply. But when climate change didn’t come up in the team’s discussions, advocates for environmental protection took action.

The Florida Channel

The Florida Legislature is on track to make raising taxes more difficult. A measure proposing a boost in requirements for increasing taxes is on its way to the Senate floor.

NOAA

Some have claimed that storms like Hurricane Harvey are the result of global climate change, which is likely to mean more dangerous weather events in the future. So we checked in with the State of Florida’s climatologist to get his take on that argument.

For Our Future

Progressive political and environmental groups rallied in front of the Old Florida Capitol on Saturday (8/26). It was part of a statewide effort to send a message to the state's governor and Republican U-S Senator.

Outraged over President Donald Trump’s unilateral withdraw from the Paris Accords, St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman is vowing to take up the slack.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson just left an Arctic Council meeting in Anchorage without saying whether the U.S. will pull out of the Paris accords. Meanwhile, climate change activists say Florida should pay attention to the council's latest report.

Jason Tereska / WFSU News

Earlier this month, a U.S. Supreme Court-appointed lawyer ruled against Florida in its decades-long water war with Georgia. As the court prepares to make its final decision, lawmakers are going back to the legislative drawing board. WFSU News went to the coast to see what the ruling means for the struggling Apalachicola Bay and its world famous oysters.

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Mangroves are quintessentially tropical and take root along the coast of the Everglades and the Keys where they are home to colorful fish and crabs. But these plants are not marooned in South Florida anymore. WFSU went searching for mangroves along the state’s Gulf Coast.

azaleas; Maclay Gardens
Kate Payne

Observant local residents may be noticing it’s looking a lot like springtime in Tallahassee. Walking down the red brick path at Maclay Gardens State Park in Northeast Tallahassee, flowers are everywhere. Thirty foot high Japanese magnolias tower above rows of camellias. Soft pink and deep fuchsia petals dust the ground. And then there’s the rows and rows of azaleas...in February.

Wakulla Springs
Rachel Kramer via Flickr

A sinkhole opened up Friday underneath a fertilizer factory in central Florida, dumping millions of gallons of contaminated water into the Floridan Aquifer. This is the latest in a string of issues that has scientists worried about the health of the state’s primary water source.

Kate Payne/ WFSU

Climate change in Florida is already taking its toll, in the form of rising temperatures, extreme weather events and shifting tides. The changes are sending archaeologists scrambling to protect the state’s historical resources. WFSU traveled to the country’s oldest city to tell this story.

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The endangered ghost orchid is making a comeback in the Everglades, thanks to a team of Florida scientists.

Eric Corriel via flickr / https://www.flickr.com/photos/eric_corriel/

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

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https://www.flickr.com/photos/bobjagendorf/

A new report card released by Florida's civil engineers shows the state's infrastructure is mediocre, but making some gains.

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Florida architects are planning for three feet of sea level rise. Here's a look at the new policy.

Stephen Melkisethian/ flickr / https://www.flickr.com/photos/stephenmelkisethian/

Two Florida Congressmen went head to head Monday, in the first debate for an open US Senate seat.

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The future is bright for a proposed solar power plant in the capital of the Sunshine State.

Tallahassee Kicks Off Sustainability Conference

Mar 22, 2016
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Community leaders, researchers and business owners are converging on Tallahassee this week for a conference on sustainable living.

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