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Audubon Florida Climate and Energy News Roundup
This week we share news about the new infrastructure bill, stronger hurricanes, electric vehicles in Florida, and more!
A Wood Stork family. Photo: RJ Wiley
Will Hurricanes and Typhoons Get Stronger in the Near Future?
From Science Times

“Hurricanes and typhoons are no laughing matter… No one can forget the destructive power of Hurricane Michael in 2018 that wreaked havoc in coastal and tourist communities before plowing into Georgia with more than 100 mph winds. There have been really strong typhoons and hurricanes in the past; however, a recent study shows that as climate change worsens, tropical cyclones such as hurricanes will become more dangerous in the near future.”
OPINION: Electric Vehicles Will Boost Florida
From Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Florida is positioning itself to take proactive measures to reduce the effects of climate change that threaten the state’s future success. Gov. Ron DeSantis recently released his preliminary budget for the state – and it included an allocation of $1 billion for “Climate Change Resilient Infrastructure." Meanwhile, Florida House Speaker Chris Sprowls is pushing an agenda that calls for aggressive flooding and sea level rise mitigation. Clearly leadership in Florida is sending a message to other elected officials – and to the residents who call Florida home – that action is necessary to protect and preserve our state’s prosperity.”
 
Community Voices: Regional Resiliency Action Plan in Development
From St. Pete Catalyst

“Making St. Petersburg and Pinellas County resilient is more important than ever, whether it’s working to mitigate flooding in low-lying areas, or to help our economy be able to withstand major negative events like the Covid-19 pandemic. But we can’t take on this challenge alone. Municipalities and companies around west-central Florida need to work together to reach resiliency goals, which is why Pinellas County, the city of St. Petersburg and 14 other cities in Pinellas County are members of the Tampa Bay Regional Resiliency Coalition.”
 
Biden Infrastructure Proposal Presents a Unique Opportunity for a Cleaner Future for Birds and People
From National Audubon Society

“In anticipation of the announcement of President Biden’s sweeping infrastructure proposal, Sarah Greenberger, senior vice president of conservation policy at the National Audubon Society, made the following statement… Among the priorities that align with Audubon’s vision of a cleaner future for both birds and people are: modernizing our electric sector by generating 100% clean electricity by 2035 and expanding the transmission system needed to deliver it, spurring job growth in economically distressed communities and reducing emissions in the process.”
 
Surprising Environmental Lessons Have Come Out of the Pandemic
From Today Show

“All through April, TODAY Goes Green, a special series in honor of Earth Month, will focus on the environment, the climate and changes you can make to help. NBC’s Kerry Sanders kicks the series off from a bird sanctuary in Florida.”
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