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Florida in Focus: Climate Change

A network of newsrooms across the state, including the Tampa Bay Times, have banded together to track the impacts of climate change.

  1. Sea rise is pushing inland and amplifying the threats from hurricanes, wiping out one of the rarest forests on the planet in the Florida Keys. [MATIAS J. OCNER  |  mocner@miamiherald.com]
    A recent study has found that the Gulf Coast has lost 57 square miles of forest over just more than a century.
  2. Flooding from an October king tide in Miami Shores fills streets, sidewalks and driveways at its peak. [Miami Herald]
    And it could lose up to 35 percent of its value by 2050, according to a new report.
  3. Daryle Prager, 81, stands at the highest point this year’s King Tides reached in her waterfront yard in Surfside. She said she doesn’t have much time before the water reaches her home, so she’s forced to sell the house. [ALEX HARRIS  |  Miami Herald]
    A fund for potential buyouts is part of the town’s new comprehensive plan to address all aspects of climate change.
  4. Motorists head north of Key Largo on U.S. 1, in anticipation of Hurricane Irma on Sept. 6, 2017.  Keys officials announced a mandatory evacuation Wednesday for visitors, with residents being told to leave the next day. [Associated Press]
    Elevating less than 3 miles of Old State Road 4A by 2025 could cost $75 million.
  5. This is a king tide at the Key Largo Kampground & Marina in Key Largo. (Photo by Nancy Snyder) [NANCY SNYDER  |  Photo by Nancy Snyder]
    Monroe County is asking for $150 million to raise roads, elevate homes and even move critical buildings to higher ground.
  6. Water from heavy rain floods a driveway in August on Snell Isle Boulevard NE in St. Petersburg.  ALLIE GOULDING   |   Times [ALLIE GOULDING  |  Tampa Bay Times]
    Texas now requires sellers to disclose past flooding when marketing their house. Florida has no such law.
  7. Oil Sands mining operations at the Syncrude Canada Oil Sands project near Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada, on June 13, 2017. (Photo by Larry MacDougal, © Imago via ZUMA Press) [IMAGO  |  ZUMAPRESS.com]
    The New York attorney general says Exxon used two sets of books and misled investors by downplaying the potential costs of carbon emissions.
  8. Researchers from the University of Central Florida and International innovation company, Imec have developed a camera that uses specific wavelength of light to easily find pythons in habitat where they are typically well camouflaged. 
 [Imec]
    University of Central Florida researchers worked with Imec to develop the cameras.
  9. Golfers practice at the Miami Beach Golf Club at 2301 Alton Road, on Sept.18. [PEDRO PORTAL  |  Miami Herald]
    The city is exploring more nature-based solutions in an effort to keep the city dry.
  10. Waves crash in front of an American flag that is planted on a jetty during a high surf from the Atlantic Ocean, in advance of the potential arrival of Hurricane Dorian, in Vero Beach on Sept. 2. [GERALD HERBERT  |  AP]
    Their efforts underscore the risks of a warming planet for the state’s future.
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