Florida in Focus: Climate Change News

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

  1. St. Petersburg Fire and Rescue responds to a call of a fire in a house on a  flooded street in Shore Acres in the aftermath of Hurricane Idalia on Aug. 31 in St. Petersburg.
  2. Archaeologist Neil Puckett swims with a mastodon bone he dug up from the bottom of the Aucilla River.
  3. This satellite imagery from earlier this hurricane season reveals that tropical Storms Philippe and Rina are less than 500 miles from each other. A new study finds that hurricanes are strengthening earlier in the hurricane season than in previous decades.
  4. The first drone photos of Florida's Horseshoe Beach in the Big Bend area show it was inundated.
  5. Sherri Mullis, left, the head of Tampa's Tree-mendous program, and Sirlewis Bailey, of Pine Lakes Nursery & Landscape, plant a Florida maple tree near the 3400 block of West Cherokee Avenue on Aug. 23 in Tampa.
  6. An aerial view on West Gray Street near North Archer Street looking west toward North Himes Avenue, where there are very few large shade trees on July 6 in Tampa. At right, Benjamin Brown heads back to his home after taking his recycling bin out to the curb.
  7. Aerial view of a wildfire in the Indian Lake Estate subdivision near Lake Wales in April 2017. Dozens of firefighters battled the 700+ acre wildfire saving dozens of homes with fire approaching within feet of the houses. Fire officials evacuated the hundreds of residents in the subdivision but lifted the evacuation order. LUIS SANTANA   |   Times
  8. Jane Gilbert, pictured, is the first chief heat officer in the world and focuses on reducing the stress of extreme heat on vulnerable communities in Miami-Dade County. The position was created in 2021, after Miami-Dade received a grant offer from the Adrienne Arsht-Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center.
  9. An aerial drone view of the Gulf of Mexico looking north on Treasure Island Beach on Tuesday in Pinellas County. Water temperatures in the Gulf of Mexico, including in the Tampa Bay area, are hotter than any time in recorded history.
  10. Doug Nelson, a self-proclaimed "solar nerd," poses for a portrait in front of solar panels that were installed at his residence in Valrico.
  11. Downtown Tampa is pictured from the Hillsborough River during testing of sites on the Hillsborough River as part of the Nutrient Fingerprint Project to trace the origins of nutrient pollution.
  12. The new St. Pete Pier is shown under construction in late 2019.
  13. 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]
  14. 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]
  15. 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.]
  16. Georgia Ackerman, director of the Apalachicola Riverkeeper group, ventures into the river’s final section near Apalachicola Bay. [Kevin Spear | Orlando Sentinel]
  17. 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]
  18. 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.
  19. "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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. Traffic moves through some street flooding near Edison Ave and Bayshore Blvd. as severe storms reach the area in April 2019.