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Audubon Florida Climate and Energy News Roundup
Today we share news about a rational approach to a green economy, why we need to cut emissions drastically, a sea-level rise toolkit, and more.
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When They Ran the Math, Researchers Landed on Some Surprising Bets for Climate Action
From Anthropocene Magazine

“Immediately starting a transition to a green economy is a rational approach even if the chances of achieving that transition are small, according to a new study. The findings lend a startling clarity to climate decision-making even as the world hurtles toward the 1.5° C warming benchmark: doing the right thing is still the right thing... Climate change is precisely such a condition of uncertainty because we don’t know exactly how close the world is to climate tipping points. Meanwhile, climate policy is diffuse and unpredictable.”
Drastic Emissions Cuts Needed to Avert Multi-century Sea Level Rise, Study Finds
From Axios

“Only by limiting human-caused global warming to 1.5°C or less, which many scientists don't consider feasible, can a multi-century melting of the globe's ice sheets and increase in sea levels be averted, a new study finds. Why it matters: Along with extreme weather events, sea level rise is a climate change impact that is already being felt in coastal communities. This comes in the form of so-called sunny day or nuisance flooding during astronomical high tides, as well as greater coastal flooding during storm events.”
South Florida Cities Score Most of $275 Million State Money for Sea Level Rise Projects
From the Miami Herald

“South Florida is getting more than $180 million of bigger pipes, stronger stormwater pumps and higher canals to deal with rising sea levels — the majority of this year’s state funds. Gov. Ron DeSantis announced the latest round of Resilient Florida grants Monday afternoon. South Florida cities, which face the highest risk to life and property value from the two feet of sea level rise expected in the state by 2060, took home most of the $275 million pot…The cash will fund 75 projects ranging from raising the banks of the C-8 canal in North Miami-Dade to potentially turning a Miami Beach golf course into a park that holds floodwater to elevating roads in the Florida Keys.”
Sea-Level Toolkit: New Guide Helps Planners Prepare

“Rising sea levels pose challenges for resource managers and planners in coastal regions around the country. These communities face threats such as the potential inundation of tidal wetlands, or damage to wastewater management systems and other infrastructure. Planners working at the city or county level are tasked with redesigning, building, and protecting these valuable coastal assets. And they need tools and guidance to make wise choices….To help coastal resource managers answer these questions, scientists have been working to make their findings more useful and accessible.”
Million of Americans Are Fleeing Their Homes Because of Extreme Weather
From CBS News

“In the 14 years he's been living on Florida's Pine Island, fishing captain Troy Creasy has evacuated just once, when Hurricane Ian slammed Cape Coral, Fort Myers and Pine Island in September. Creasy and his wife, Shelly, were gone for four months. They spent the winter in their home in upstate New York, then returned in mid-January to tear down the remains of their destroyed house and scrap Creasy's fishing boat — their main source of income... The couple is living in a camper while they rebuild — a process Creasy expects to take years. Still, he considers himself lucky.”
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