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Author: Audrey Seaman

21 Jun

The Paris Agreement in Southeast Florida

Southeast Florida, along with the nation, is seeing multiple impacts of climate change firsthand, such as sunny-day flooding, extreme rain events, and record-breaking temperatures as sea levels rise by a projected 6-12 inches in the next 15 years. In response to the federal administration’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement, elected officials across Southeast Florida […]

6 Feb

19th century lessons from Seattle could help Miami cope with sea level rise: ULI event

Read the full story here: At the end of the 19th century, Seattle’s massive fire required citizens to dig in and devote decades to the long effort to rebuild and re-shape their city. Lessons from Seattle’s experience may help Miamian’s understand what their fight to preserve Miami from sea level rise might look like.

28 Jan

Miami Beach to begin new $100 million flood prevention project in face of sea level rise

Read the full Miami Herald story here: The City of Miami Beach is embarking on a $100 million project to raise roads, install pumps and water mains, and redo sewer connections over the next two years across a swath of homes in the La Gorce and Lakeview neighborhoods. The project area includes about 800 homes.

16 Jan

How to buy a home in Miami, the sinking city

Read the full article here. Thousands of people call Miami home and even more continue to settle in the city, despite the threats of sea level rise. Writer Mario Ariza stresses the importance of purchasing flood insurance and the other risks to be aware of when buying a home in Miami.

10 Jan

Planning for sea level rise II: Redirecting Development

Read the full story here: This is the second of a series of posts that examines strategies used in the U.S. to reshape development patterns in response to risks posed by rising sea levels and a changing climate. It presents practical and tested adaptation and mitigation approaches that New Jersey communities can use.

16 Dec

As Trump Signals Climate Action Pullback, Local Leaders Push Forward

Read the full article from The New York Times here: As the incoming Trump administration appears determined to reverse a great deal of climate and environmental policy, local leaders are equally determined to continue the policies and plans already adopted to address climate change and related environmental damage, regardless of action taken from Washington. Miami-Beach is […]

15 Dec

3 Ways the Federal Government Can Support Local Climate Resilience to Protect Communities and the Economy

Read the full blog from the World Resources Institute here: A new World Resources Institute paper on climate resilience highlights the fact that Miami is not alone in facing the immediate impacts of climate change. No matter where these impacts occur, their ramifications ripple throughout the nation and are often felt hardest by communities. The […]

2 Dec

How to trump group-think in a post-truth world

Read the full article from Nature here:  Dan Kahan, who studies how social factors can influence people’s perceptions, speaks to Nature about the real-world consequences of group affinity and cognitive bias surrounding the 2016 U.S. election. He cites the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact as a good example of being able to break through biases. […]

2 Dec

Op-Ed: Is Florida’s climate change model – denial at the Capitol, frantic action at the beach – in store for the U.S. under Trump?

Read the full editorial from LA Times here: This editorial suggests there is a disconnect between Florida’s urgent need to address climate change challenges and the newly elected federal and state officials who are openly climate change dodgers. Despite this disconnect, this piece cites the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact as one effort in […]

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