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Tampa Bay Times, other news organizations awarded climate-change grants

The organizations will explore the impact of climate change on Florida.
Recent sunny day flooding in Shore Acres, a St. Petersburg neighborhood vulnerable to rising sea levels. [Times] [Susan Taylor Martin]
Published Oct. 11

The Pulitzer Center has awarded grants to a group of 17 Florida news organizations to support in-depth reporting on the impact of climate change on the state, among the most vulnerable to rising sea levels.

The Tampa Bay Times will lead a science-based assessment of how climate change has affected Florida already. The Miami Herald will spearhead an effort to identify what communities and places in Florida are most vulnerable to rising seas and other effects of climate change.

The grants were awarded to the Florida Climate Reporting Network, a multi-newsroom effort founded by the Times, the Herald, the South Florida Sun Sentinel, The Palm Beach Post, the Orlando Sentinel and WLRN Public Media. It has since been joined by several other newsrooms throughout Florida.

The grants were among 16 awarded across the United States as part of the Pulitzer Center’s Connected Coastlines program, which supports news organizations and independent journalists using "rigorous science reporting to document and explain the local effects of climate change on U.S. coastal populations.

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