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Audubon Florida Climate and Energy News Roundup
This week we are featuring news about hybrid vehicles, flood risks to low-income homes, how Coronavirus relief plans can combat climate change, and more!
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Florida's Transportation Agency Brainstorms How To Make Electric, Hybrid Vehicles More Accessible
From WUSF News

“As of July 2020, less than 1% of Floridians were driving hybrid or electric cars. That's according to the Florida Department of Transportation's in-house consultant Tanner Martin. He says there are many reasons people forego hybrid or electric vehicles—like the high cost and lack of available models. Martin also says a shortage of charging stations in rural areas means people could be afraid to drive long distances… Martin says that if the state creates more infrastructure to support electric and hybrid vehicles, it could encourage more people to buy them.”
Low-income Homes to Face Triple Flood Risks by 2050 — Study
From Scientific American

“The risk of coastal floods damaging or destroying low-income homes will triple over the next 30 years as rising tides and storm surges encroach on low-lying developed areas, according to new findings from the nonprofits Climate Central and National Housing Trust. By 2050, researchers say, more than 25,000 affordable housing units are expected to see coastal flooding at least once in a typical year — up from 7,700 just 20 years ago…The study, published in Environmental Research Letters, is described as the first nationwide assessment of coastal flood risks facing affordable housing, and it adds to a growing body of research showing the disproportionate impacts climate change is having on low-income, disadvantaged and minority communities across the country.”
Historic Hurricane Season Technically Ending, But Storms Can Form in December
From Spectrum News 13 Orlando

“The 2020 hurricane season will go down as the most active season in history, with the most recent storms happening just a few weeks ago. Of the 30 named storms, six turned into major hurricanes, and 12 storms made landfall in the United States… Even as the official season comes to a close, hurricane experts say a December storm remains a possibility. ”
Coronavirus Relief Funds Could Pay to Stop the Worst of Climate Change while rebooting economies
From Quartz

“As of late summer, governments around the world had pledged $12.2 trillion of relief in response to the coronavirus pandemic. That’s around 15% of global GDP, three times larger than government spending put forward during and after the 2008-2009 global financial crisis and enough for every adult in the world to receive a $2,000 check. A good chunk of initial Covid-19 aid funding is being used—quite rightly—to support healthcare systems, preserve people’s livelihoods and stabilize employment. But much is slated for investment into infrastructure and economies. Whether those are climate-friendly investments or not still remains to be seen.”
Republican Leaders In Florida House, Senate Look At Climate Change Plans
From CBS Miami

“Planning work to address flooding from rising sea levels, similar to how the state maps out road and bridge projects for five years, is being considered by the new Republican leaders of the Florida House and Senate. House Speaker Chris Sprowls, R-Palm Harbor, and Senate President Wilton Simpson, R-Trilby, expressed a desire Tuesday to establish work programs that would address the increased impacts of rising sea levels in coastal communities… But environmentalists said the GOP leaders are not going far enough.”
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