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Audubon Florida Climate and Energy News Roundup
This week we share news about energy jobs in Northwest Florida, impacts from rising sea levels, how allergy sufferers might be affected by warming temperatures, and more. 
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New Gulf Power Developments Will Bring Hundreds of Jobs to Northwest Florida
From WJHG-FM

“Gulf Power is working to give Northwest Florida cleaner energy by building Solar Energy Centers… Not only do these centers reduce the same amount of carbon as taking 26,000 cars off the road, but they also are expected to bring in about 250 jobs during peak construction.”
How to Save Saltwater Wetlands From Rising Seas
From the Revelator

“America’s coastal saltwater wetlands are on a course toward functional extinction in the coming decades. Their demise will come at the hands of steadily accelerating sea-level rise and relentless coastal development. As these wetlands disappear, they will take with them habitat, storm buffering and carbon sequestration benefits of tremendous value. Fortunately, there is still time to change course.”
The Damage in Florida From Rising Sea Levels Already is Here | Commentary
From Orlando Sentinel

“Rising seas haven’t flooded us out yet, but they’re already wreaking havoc in a batch of ways — on flood insurance, property insurance, mortgages, property values, beach health and more...  For years, flood insurance from FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program has been priced artificially low and heavily subsidized by the Treasury Department. Now, after innumerable worsening flood disasters, FEMA is instituting “Risk Rating 2.0,” which for the first time looks at individual properties’ flood risks and prices policies accordingly.”
Achoo! Climate Change Lengthening Pollen Season in U.S., Study Shows
From The New York Times

“Among the many disasters climate change is wreaking around the world, scientists have now identified a more personal one: It’s making allergy season worse. That is the message of a new study in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences published on Monday… According to the new paper, the combination of warming air and higher levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has caused North American pollen seasons since 1990 to start some 20 days earlier, on average, and to have 21 percent more pollen.”
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