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Audubon Florida Climate and Energy News Roundup
Today we share news about a “fly-in” meeting in D.C. attended by Audubon Florida’s Senior Director of Policy, new sea level rise legislation, stronger hurricanes predicted for Florida, and more.
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Audubon Policy Staff From Across the Country "Fly-In" to Capitol Hill
From the National Audubon Society

“Earlier this month, more than 50 policy, communications, and engagement staff from around the country gathered in Washington, DC to meet with elected officials and the Biden Administration to talk about several legislative issues affecting birds and communities. It was the first in-person advocacy “fly-in” for policy staff since 2019, so staff were just as eager to see each other as they were to see their members of Congress.”
Sea-level Rise Study Legislation Heading to House Floor
From Florida Politics

“Legislation that expands sea-level rise studies and grants passed its last committee this week in the House…The bill (HB 111) directs the Resilient Florida Grant Program to provide money for local governments to conduct feasibility studies and cover permitting costs for nature-based solutions to the impact of flooding and sea-level rise. It also expands funding to cover water management districts’ efforts supporting local government adaptation planning.”
Florida and Gulf Coasts Could See More Hurricane Strikes as Planet Warms, New Study Finds
From WLRN

“Even before Hurricane Ian plowed across southwest Florida last year, six insurance companies in the state facing rising reinsurance rates and increasing claims had become insolvent. With so much risk, reinsurers — the handful of global companies that insure the insurers — are tightening the reins. Now a new study has found that Florida and the Gulf Coast are expected to face increasingly dire odds of getting hit by hurricanes as the planet warms and atmospheric winds that steer the powerful storms shift toward the southeast U.S. coast.”
Seas Have Drastically Risen Along Southern U.S. Coast in Past Decade
From The Washington Post

“Our sea levels will remain elevated for thousands of years. Scientists around the world agreed on that in last week's U.N. report about climate change, which found it is ‘unavoidable for centuries to millennia due to continuing deep ocean warming and ice sheet melt, and sea levels will remain elevated for thousands of years.’ One of the problems with sea level rise is that it happens slowly, a tiny bit each year, making it a threat that people have an easy time ignoring. We do that at our own peril, according to Mark Merrifield, director of the Scripps Center for Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation.”
Use Nature as Infrastructure
From Scientific American

“Coastal cities worldwide are squeezed by two opposing forces: urban sprawl and the rising sea. This struggle is intensely visible in the flatlands of South Florida, where burgeoning neighborhoods routinely flood and saltwater inundation damages the estuaries that protect communities from the worst of our climate crisis.”
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