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Audubon Florida Climate and Energy News Roundup
This has been a big week for climate planning in Florida! Everglades City and Punta Gorda joined Sanibel, Marco Island, and Charlotte County in approving the Southwest Florida Regional Resiliency Compact. Their leadership and care for climate issues is an important step in amplifying Southwest Florida’s ability to protect its natural resources and bolster its resilience in our changing climate.

This week we are featuring news about electric vehicles, measuring hurricanes, how Generation Z approaches climate change, and how sea level rise deepens the social divide in Miami.
American Redstart. Photo by Donald Phillips/Audubon Photography Awards.
City of Orlando and OUC launch incentive program for electric vehicles
From Bungalower

“The City of Orlando and OUC are launching a new program to incentivize electric vehicles. Through the Electrified Dealers Program, dealerships will receive incentives for selling electric vehicles, (EV) as part of OUC’s ongoing effort to reaching net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. OUC customers who purchase an Electric Vehicle are eligible to get a $200 rebate via a program that they’ve already been offering but qualifying dealerships can now get a sales incentive of $50 per vehicle sold.”
Here's what's wrong with the way we measure hurricanes — and how we could do better
From Business Insider

“Water is deadlier than wind when it comes to hurricanes. In fact, water causes 90% of the loss of life related to powerful storms, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. But the way we classify hurricanes doesn't always take that into account, leading to a public misconception of how dangerous certain hurricanes actually are.”  
For Gen Z, climate change is a clear and present danger to our planet
From USA Today

“In America, climate change is often portrayed as a ticking time bomb of far-off devastation through videos of dying polar bears, melting ice caps and rising flood waters. Rarely do we confront the cost that climate change is already having on lives across the globe, especially in marginalized communities.”
As Miami keeps building, rising seas deepen its social divide
From Yale Environment 360

“There is an inescapable truth about life in South Florida: This low-lying region is set to be swallowed by the sea… And low-income communities, which during Miami’s initial expansion were shunted away from prime waterfront property and often segregated onto the region’s high ground, now face a fight to hold onto that elevated land as developers covet property situated away from rising seas.”
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