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Audubon Florida Climate and Energy News Roundup
Climate change is arguably the biggest threat facing birds and people, and Florida is squarely in the crosshairs of its impacts, from storm surge and sea-level rise to heatwaves, wildfires, drought, and habitat loss. Now, more than ever, residents, visitors, and wildlife alike find themselves adapting to a new “normal” of climate emergencies, fueled by human activities.

Audubon is working with Florida decisionmakers to tackle these threats and build resiliency for people and wildlife. This newsletter is a one-stop shop for Floridians of essential media coverage of climate and progress towards a resilient, clean energy future.

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City of Marco Island Joins Southwest Florida Regional Resiliency Compact
From Audubon Florida

Climate change knows no boundaries; when it comes to resilience, we know that we are stronger when we work together. Counties and cities that join the Compact commit to jointly identifying and addressing the effects of climate change, such as sea-level rise, intensifying hurricanes, and erosion.
Utilities lobby to change Florida’s solar net metering rule
From The Center Square

“Florida is one of 47 states that allows residential and commercial customers who generate their own electricity from solar power to sell the electricity they aren’t using back into the grid... more than 60,000 Florida homes and businesses – about one-half a percent of all state energy users – participate in rooftop solar net metering programs, compared with 37,800 in 2018.” If any changes are considered, Public Services Commission Commissioner Art Graham said they’ll include consideration for those who’ve already installed solar panels.
Here's how electric vehicles can keep us on the road to Paris
From World Economic Forum

Electric vehicle battery costs have dropped some 90% in the last decade, and more than 600 zero-emission models are on track for launch by 2025. “Three winning solutions could usher in smart and rapid electrification: we must double down on charging infrastructure; EV investments should be focused on high-impact segments; and public-private efforts are needed to create a sustainable, circular electric vehicle market.”
Florida Legislature’s GOP leaders outline 2021 sea-level-mitigation priorities
From The Center Square

Florida lawmakers reviewed several bills related to rising sea levels during the 2020 legislative session. Adopted unanimously by both chambers, Senate Bill 178 prohibits local governments and the state from building a coastal structure without a sea-level impact projection (SLIP) study approved by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and funded by the new Florida Resilient Coastline Initiative (FRCI). A bill adopted by the Senate to create a Florida Office of Resiliency and a nine-member sea level task force, however, failed to gain traction in the House.

The 2021 Legislature’s GOP leaders said lawmakers will continue to develop sea-level mitigation strategies in the upcoming session. 
Climate Change Inspires Roseate Spoonbills to Relocate
From WGCU-FM

A variety of factors influence wading bird nesting. As we are learning from our colleague, Jerry Lorenz, Ph.D., at Audubon's Everglades Science Center, sea-level rise in Florida Bay is a key reason why Roseate Spoonbills are choosing to nest farther north.  
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