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Audubon Florida Climate and Energy News Roundup
This week we share news about Florida leading the Southeast in solar energy, how the Southwest Florida coast is teaming up to fight climate change, a Juneteenth event about climate justice, and more!
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‘Florida Is Now The Solar Leader Of The Southeast,’ New Report Finds
From USF Public Media

“As distributed solar adoption slowed across the Southeast due to the coronavirus pandemic, utility-scale solar made significant gains. Meanwhile, the state of Florida became the region’s leader in installed solar capacity. During a virtual event Wednesday where the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE), a regional nonprofit focused on the transition to clean energy, shared details on their fourth annual“Solar in the Southeast” report, lead author and SACE’s Solar Program Director Bryan Jacob announced that the Sunshine State had surpassed North Carolina to become the region’s ‘solar leader.’”
On Climate Change: We Don't Need a New Report to Know it's Time to Act
From The Hill

“The record-breaking heat and intensifying drought engulfing the western U.S. right now are a stark reminder of how climate change is loading the weather dice against us. It’s making heatwaves hotter and longer, and droughts stronger. Yet, what we see today is just a fraction of what’s anticipated unless serious and immediate actions are taken to reduce carbon emissions.”
 
How Coastal Communities are Teaming Up to Fight Climate Change
From NBC-2 News Ft. Myers

“After a three-year effort spearheaded in part by Savarese, there’s a new partnership to help the entire region combat climate change, including impacts like sea level rise and increased storm intensity. It’s called the Southwest Florida Regional Resiliency Compact. All three coastal counties — Collier, Lee, and Charlotte — have agreed to join the compact, as have each of the incorporated cities, towns, and villages within them. Fourteen jurisdictions make up the compact. The last remaining jurisdiction was signed two months ago.”
Juneteenth Tampa Event Highlights Racial Disparities, Including Climate Change Effects
From USF Public Media

“Juneteenth, a day to commemorate the emancipation of enslaved people in the United States, was recognized Saturday as a federal holiday for the first time... It took place where the "Tampa Heritage Initiative Community Garden" will soon grow. The “Love Feast” event was also used as a platform to educate the neighborhood about how climate change disproportionately affects communities of color. It was hosted by two local organizations: Urban Progress Alliance and Tampa Bay Disaster Resiliency Initiative.”
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