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22 Nov 2017

Solar-Powered Traffic Lights Could Be Part of Miami Storm Resilience

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Miami-Dade County Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava has written a resolution asking the county mayor’s office to look into how much it would cost to install solar-powered traffic lights, or even backup generators for signals.

14 Nov 2017

Can cities get smarter about extreme weather?

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Outdated knowledge systems have exacerbated recent disasters and contributed to growing financial losses from extreme weather. Cities need new ways of knowing, evaluating, and anticipating risk by updating their information systems. Cities need to better anticipate what would happen in the […]

10 Nov 2017

Accepting the Challenge for Climate Action

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After the U.S. pulled out of the Paris Climate Accord, nearly 2,600 cities, states, companies, and campuses pledged to take action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This is part of a history of local action leading the way in the […]

10 Nov 2017

Study: North Carolina’s coastal policies among worst in nation on climate change

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The Surfrider Foundation’s 2017 State of the Beach Report Card grades states for their sediment management, coastal armoring, development, and sea level rise policies. Florida, New Jersey, Georgia, and North Carolina were the worst performing states, all earning a D […]

8 Nov 2017

King tides wash away South Florida’s climate change skepticism

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Businesses in South Florida towns are taking steps to prepare for flooding even on days with no rain. Unless buildings are equipped for king tide flooding, they’re vulnerable to water damage. A recent assessment of sea level risk issued by […]

26 Oct 2017

Post-Irma: What Does It Mean To Be A “Resilient” Community?

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At a post-Irma summit in South Florida, officials said the key to preparing the region for future storms goes beyond dealing with sea level rise—it requires addressing chronic issues like low wages, aging infrastructure, and high housing costs. Irma had […]

26 Oct 2017

Actually, This Devastating Hurricane Season Is Exactly the Right Time to Talk About Climate Change

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The author, a professor at the University of Miami, describes her and her family’s experiences preparing for, weathering, and recovering from Hurricane Irma.

25 Oct 2017

MAP: How Much Climate Change Will Cost Each U.S. County

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Researchers have calculated the potential economic impact climate change will have in each U.S. county. The study, published in the journal Science, linked climate projections with economic effects like mortality, labor productivity, energy demand, and crop yields. The […]

11 Oct 2017

May We Improve Your Hurricane Experience? Officials Seek Public Input On Climate Action Plan

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Officials from Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe counties are requesting the public’s help to update their Regional Climate Action Plan. The plan came out in 2012 and provides local officials with guidance on problems like sea-level rise, hurricanes, Zika and income […]

11 Oct 2017

From Glades to suburbs, South Florida historically soaked

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Heavy rains and strong hurricanes have made this the wettest year in South Florida in 86 years. Water levels are unusually high in the region’s three conservation areas—such as the wetlands west of Miami-Dade and Broward counties—that normally help ease […]