1. Florida

People are using FaceApp to talk about climate change in Florida

How will you look in 40 years? How about how will the Earth look in 40 years? People took to social media to discuss this week.
Hartmut Liebel , 49, from St. Petersburg, walks his dog Pete (named for St. Pete) as water laps at the sea wall at Demens Landing in St. Petersburg. DIRK SHADD | Times (2012)
Published Jul. 19

If you’ve been on the Internet at all this week, you’ve probably seen FaceApp, a mobile app that offers a glimpse at what you might look like in old age.

But talk on social media quickly turned to the future of our planet. What will the Earth look like in 40 years? And, perhaps more presciently, how much of it will be underwater?

Sea level rise projections show that the Tampa Bay area could see between 1.9 and 8.5 feet of sea level rise by 2100, according to a presentation from the Tampa Bay Climate Science Advisory Panel.

In St. Petersburg, $7 billion worth of property is under 5 feet above sea level, including more than 27,000 homes, 31 medical facilities, 12 government buildings and five schools. In Tampa, that number is $4.9 billion, threatening 8,300 homes, 10 medical facilities and four houses of worship.

A new report indicates that Florida may have to spend more than any other state in the country to build protective seawalls guarding against sea level rise. The state could stand to spend as much as $76 billion by 2040. That’s probably young by FaceApp’s standards.

In Florida cities with small populations and a high threat of sea level rise, like Islamorada and St. George Island, seawall construction comes out to almost $1 billion per person.

Some organizations, like the United Nations’ Climate Change, are already using FaceApp as a way to remind followers about the impending impacts of climate change.

At the Tampa Bay Times, we have joined with a group of Florida newsrooms to cover climate change through a partnership.

“Florida is ground zero for the effects of sea rise,” wrote our executive editor Mark Katches in a column introducing the initiative. “It may be the most important subject of our time. Our new partnership represents just one creative way we can keep readers better informed on topics that matter.”

Some on Twitter took a more nihilistic tone. After all, some of them asked, will we even be here long enough to see ourselves look this old?


  1. West Palm Beach police spokeswoman Molly Anderson said during a news conference on Tuesday that Department of Homeland Security agents arrested Rudelmiro Santizo Perez on Monday in Houston as he tried to flee to Guatemala. West Palm Beach Police Department/Facebook
    Police began investigating on Oct. 3 when a hidden camera was found inside an employee bathroom at St. Mary’s Medical Center.
  2. This Monday, Oct. 21, 2019, photo shows the graded dirt surface where sod will be placed in November inside what will be the stadium for David Beckham’s Inter Miami MLS soccer team that opens its inaugural season in 2020 at the site of the former Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. TIM REYNOLDS  |  AP
    Construction is on schedule, with all signals pointing toward everything being ready for the team’s first home match that’s likely to come in March.
  3. FILE - In this March 15, 2018, file photo, emergency personnel respond after a new pedestrian bridge collapsed onto a highway at Florida International University in Miami. Federal transportation officials say that Louis Berger Group, Inc., the firm charged with reviewing the design of the FIU bridge that collapsed and killed six people, was not properly qualified by the state. PEDRO PORTAL  |  AP
    National Transportation Safety Board members concluded Tuesday the design firm FIGG Bridge Engineers, Inc. underestimated the load of the bridge.
  4. Brummit has been a prep cook at the Aloft Hotel. Now he's being held without bond. Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida/Facebook
    Johnny Brummit became involved in an Oct. 17 dispute between a girlfriend and a bus station security officer, Orange County Sheriff’s officials say.
  5. The sign for Tyrone Square Mall. JAY CONNNER  |  Tampa Bay Times
    The story behind the ever-present name involves St. Pete’s first airport and a bootlegging mogul.
  6. Broward Sheriff's Sgt. Donald Prichard tells the South Florida SunSentinel that 39-year-old Christopher Randazzo was killed early Saturday morning. His body was found at the Southern Seas Resort in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea. Coral Springs Fire Department/Facebook
    Christopher Randazzo had worked for the Coral Springs-Parkland Fire Department since March. Division Chief Mike Moser says funeral arrangements are pending.
  7. Melvin Morris is seen in this undated photo by Nick Del Calzo. NICK DEL CALZO  |  Photo by
    Some were born in Florida. Others joined up here. All received the nation’s highest award for valor in action against an enemy force.
  8. Among the speakers at Big Brothers, Big Sisters news conference in Tampa on Monday were police Officer Joel McKee and his Bigs in Blue match Princeton, a student at Pizzo Elementary. TONY MARRERO  |  Tony Marrero
    The money will help the non-profit create more mentoring matches across the country and here in Tampa Bay.
  9. Miami-Dade school superintendent Alberto Carvalho offered condolences to the teen's family in a tweet posted on Sunday, and asked that anyone with information about Saturday night's shooting contact investigators. Miami-Dade Police Department/ Facebook
    Neighbors told detectives that teens dove to the ground when the gunshots rang out.
  10. Investigators counted 95 mice, 60 rats, 23 baby rats, 14 birds, 12 rabbits, 10 flying opossums, nine guinea pigs, seven bearded dragons, four dogs, four hamsters, two cats, two geckos, a tortoise, and a hedgehog. Another guinea pig was dead. City Of Edgewater Police Department/Facebook
    Officers said the children, ages 8, 9, and 10, were living with three adults amid rotting food, animal feces, and urine.