sea level rise

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.

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Gov. Ron DeSantis said this week he'd be "raising Cain" if national plans for oil drilling include Florida waters, particularly in the Gulf of Mexico. The story broke just as Jack Davis, a professor of environmental history at the University of Florida, came to Tallahassee to discuss his book on the world's tenth-largest body of water.

Davis won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for History for "The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea." On Sunday, he spoke at the Word of South literary and music festival in Tallahassee, where he was introduced by distinguished environmental writer Diane Roberts.

Lush Florida River On A Cloudy Day At Dusk
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As the legislative session continues in the Florida Capitol, advocates question if lawmakers are making climate change a priority. 

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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.

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New photos from the United States Geological Survey illustrate the damage Hurricane Matthew dealt to Florida’s Atlantic Coast.

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

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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.

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For the past 60 years, South Florida has been wanting to separate from North Florida. On October 2014, the City of South Miami approved a resolution advocating to split Florida into two separate states. South Miami Vice-Mayor Walter Harris says there are major differences between both parts of Florida.

“North Florida is rural, as you know, South Florida is urban. North Florida is very conservative. South Florida is considered very liberal,” Harris says.

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Florida labor unions are urging Gov. Rick Scott to release a plan for addressing climate change. When the federal government proposed a carbon-reduction timeline for power plants last month, it asked states to come up with their own proposals for helping achieve the goal: 30 percent less carbon emissions over 15 years. 

Capital Report: 01-17-2014

Jan 17, 2014

Former House Majority Leader Carlos Lopez-Cantera has been hailed as a person who can help get Governor Rick Scott’s 2014 legislative agenda off the ground as Scott’s new second-In-command. But, as Sascha Cordner reports, it’s the fact he’ll be Florida’s first Hispanic Lieutenant Governor that has all sides talking.

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Archeologists working on an island just off Miami believe they’ve found a unique stone Indian burial mound. But with part of the site underwater, the team is battling a rising sea that threatens to cover the East Coast’s low-lying areas within the century.

It’s not easy to get to the dig site.

First, a 40-minute ride in a National Park Service boat ironically nicknamed Speedy.

Then, just off Totten Key, archeologist Josh Marano navigates the boat through a manmade channel cut from rocks that have shipwrecked lesser captains.

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Climate change is changing the way local Florida governments are planning for the future. And with the final presidential debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney coming up on Monday in Boca Raton, local Florida leaders and scientists are asking the next U.S. President to keep climate change on the national agenda as well.