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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. The new St. Pete Pier is shown under construction in late 2019.
  2. Portions of Tamiami Trail are being raised on extensive bridging to allow more of Shark River Slough to flow into Everglades National Park. But old, original portions of Tamiami Trail roadbed must still be removed to allow more slough water to flow into the park. Armando Vilaboy, government-relations representative for the South Florida Water Management District, visited areas where slough water is escaping across the old roadbed as a preview of a much larger flow to come. [Kevin Spear | Orlando Sentinel]
  3. Erik Stabenau, on left and leaning forward, and Damon Rondeau, driving the park service airpboat, are supervisory hydrologists with Everglades National Park. The provided a tour of Shark River Slough, observing Tamiami Trail bridging and water-monitoring stations. [Kevin Spear | Orlando Sentinel]
  4. Inspecting a boat ramp at the Ocklawaha River’s Rodman Reservoir are Jennifer Carr, president of the Florida Defenders of the Environment, and her daughter, Carmen, and the group’s executive director Jim Gross. Rodman Reservoir is plagued by a chronic growth of muck and floating weeds, as seen here at the boat ramp. Weeds have engulfed the ramp and dock. [Kevin Spear | Orlando Sentinel.]
  5. Georgia Ackerman, director of the Apalachicola Riverkeeper group, ventures into the river’s final section near Apalachicola Bay. [Kevin Spear | Orlando Sentinel]
  6. Jennifer Carr, president of the Florida Defenders of the Environment, stands at Rodman Dam along the Ocklawaha River with her daughter, Carmen. [Kevin Spear | Orlando Sentinel]
  7. Lemay Acosta and his daughter Layla, 2, take a boat ride in his flooded neighborhood in Plantation a day after Tropical Storm Eta made landfall in the Florida Keys and flooded parts of South Florida on Monday.
  8. "Melting Panthers," a biodegradable wax sculpture out to melt at Zoo Tampa to highlight the threat of climate change and raise awareness, on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020 in Tampa.
  9. Fish swim in a reef at Pearl and Hermes Atoll on Sept. 6, 2017, in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. A decade-long effort by the world to save the planet’s disappearing species and declining ecosystems has so far mostly failed, with fragile ecosystems like coral reefs and tropical forests in even more trouble than ever, according to a United Nations biodiversity report released on Sept. 15.
  10. A woman jumps over water that runs down a street on Aug. 17 in Harare, Zimbabwe. An estimated 45 million people in Southern Africa are food insecure. Zimbabwe is the worst affected country, with its number of food insecure people expected to reach 8.6 million by the end of this year.
  11. Clint Moore, 62, walks away from the ruins of his family-owned shrimping business in Simmons Bayou, Florida, eight days after Hurricane Michael devastated the area, leaving hundreds of thousands without shelter, power and food.
  12. Traffic moves through some street flooding near Edison Ave and Bayshore Blvd. as severe storms reach the area in April 2019.
  13. The Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and surrounding area before sunset.
  14. These marine mammals were named "right whales" because they were considered by whalers to be "the right ones to hunt."
  15. 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.
  16. Flooding from an October king tide in Miami Shores fills streets, sidewalks and driveways at its peak.
  17. 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.
  18. 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]
  19. This is a king tide at the Key Largo Kampground & Marina in Key Largo. (Photo by Nancy Snyder)
  20. Water from heavy rain floods a driveway in August on Snell Isle Boulevard NE in St. Petersburg.  ALLIE GOULDING   |   Times
  21. 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)
  22. 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.
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