climate http://blog.wlrn.org en LISTEN: Sea-Level Rise In South Florida Town Hall http://blog.wlrn.org/post/listen-sea-level-rise-south-florida-town-hall <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">WLRN-Miami Herald News hosted a coastal-communities town hall on Nov. 7 as part of our more-than-weeklong multimedia series on the effects of sea-level rise, called </span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Elevation Zero: Rising Seas in South Florida</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p> Sat, 16 Nov 2013 01:48:11 +0000 Daniel Hicks & Maria Murriel 23204 at http://blog.wlrn.org LISTEN: Sea-Level Rise In South Florida Town Hall Sea Level Limbo In The Caribbean: How Low Can You Go? http://blog.wlrn.org/post/sea-level-limbo-caribbean-how-low-can-you-go <p>The folks in the Bahamas hamlet of Dunmore Town seem blissfully unaware of sea level rise. One resort hotel operator I called in Dunmore, which sits on Harbour Island, dismissed it altogether.</p><p>“I was just down at our beachside bar,” she said. “I didn’t notice the sea level rising.” (Yes, she was serious.)</p> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 13:55:15 +0000 Tim Padgett 23338 at http://blog.wlrn.org Sea Level Limbo In The Caribbean: How Low Can You Go? How South Florida Kids Learn About Sea-Level Rise http://blog.wlrn.org/post/how-south-florida-kids-learn-about-sea-level-rise <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Standing at the water’s edge on Florida International University's Biscayne Bay campus,&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Nicholas Ogle&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">shows a crowd of teenagers what looks like a giant, rotten green bean.</span></p><p>“We don’t want any mushiness anywhere, especially at the top,” he says, then chucks the specimen to the side.</p> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 12:01:15 +0000 Sammy Mack 23318 at http://blog.wlrn.org How South Florida Kids Learn About Sea-Level Rise RFK Jr.: Where The Feds Have Failed On The Environment, Carbon http://blog.wlrn.org/post/rfk-jr-where-feds-have-failed-environment-carbon <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Robert F. Kennedy, </span>Jr<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. is no stranger to stirring up controversy. As the </span>50th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> anniversary of his uncle's assassination approaches, his previously secret diaries have brought forth more private revelations about him and his famous family.</span></p><p></p><p></p><p>But he may be more comfortable poking at the fossil fuel industry (which he calls “criminal”) while also acting as a green technology entrepreneur.</p> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 12:13:44 +0000 Tom Hudson 23331 at http://blog.wlrn.org RFK Jr.: Where The Feds Have Failed On The Environment, Carbon Why Modern Human Beings Aren't Built To Grasp Climate Change http://blog.wlrn.org/post/why-modern-human-beings-arent-built-grasp-climate-change <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A decade ago, sea-level rise from climate change was a political argument with very little external reality in the minds of most people.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But University of Miami professor Kenny Broad might have said then what he says right now.</span></p><p>"This isn't some future generation problem," Broad said. "It’s in our lap right now and we don’t have a lot of time to make some clear decisions."</p> Thu, 07 Nov 2013 21:18:35 +0000 Rick Stone 23297 at http://blog.wlrn.org Why Modern Human Beings Aren't Built To Grasp Climate Change Will South Florida’s Real Estate Market Prices Plunge As The Seas Rise? http://blog.wlrn.org/post/will-south-florida-s-real-estate-market-prices-plunge-seas-rise <p>Plenty of local realtors will describe South Florida’s housing market as recharged.&nbsp; The latest reading from the popular&nbsp;Case-Shiller&nbsp;Index showed sales of single-family homes up 13.5 percent from a year ago in August.</p><p>There is continued demand for waterfront properties, fueled in large part by international cash buyers from countries like Canada and Brazil. In Miami-Dade County, for instance, the category of luxury properties selling at price points above $600,000 and below $1 million, saw growth in sales of almost 68 percent.</p><p>However, the question remains. If you add the threat of rising sea levels to the real estate investment equation in South Florida, are rooms with an ocean view actually a terrible place to put your money?</p><p> Thu, 07 Nov 2013 21:18:01 +0000 John Dorschner 23351 at http://blog.wlrn.org Will South Florida’s Real Estate Market Prices Plunge As The Seas Rise? Meet The Miami Man Spearheading Climate-Change Research http://blog.wlrn.org/post/meet-miami-man-spearheading-climate-change-research <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Growing up in landlocked Iowa may be precisely the reason that the lure of the ocean was so strong for Brian </span>Soden<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It pulled him from the cornfields to the waters around the University of Miami with designs on perhaps being the next Jacques </span>Cousteau<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p>Except for one pesky problem. He didn't care all that much for biology. No fish fetish here.</p> Thu, 07 Nov 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Kelley Mitchell 23268 at http://blog.wlrn.org Meet The Miami Man Spearheading Climate-Change Research Exclusive: See Meta Impact Of Sea-Level Rise On South Florida http://blog.wlrn.org/post/exclusive-see-meta-impact-sea-level-rise-south-florida <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Global warming has raised global sea level about 8 inches since 1880 while rising seas dramatically increase the odds of damaging floods from storm surges. In fact, a Climate Central </span><a href="http://sealevel.climatecentral.org/research/reports/surging-seas/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">analysis</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> found that the odds of worse floods occurring by 2030 are on track to double or more for widespread areas of the U.S.</span></p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 23:14:36 +0000 Daniel Hicks 23215 at http://blog.wlrn.org Exclusive: See Meta Impact Of Sea-Level Rise On South Florida WLRN Special Report: Sea-Level Rise In South Florida http://blog.wlrn.org/post/wlrn-special-report-sea-level-rise-south-florida <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When it comes to climate change, one thing is certain: our oceans are rising. And South Florida is expected to be among the first regions on Earth to experience the impact</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. In fact, some <a href="http://wlrn.org/post/regional-plan-prepares-south-florida-consequences-climate-change" target="_blank">initial&nbsp;preparations are already underway</a></span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 19:35:20 +0000 Daniel Hicks 22982 at http://blog.wlrn.org WLRN Special Report: Sea-Level Rise In South Florida Is Rebuilding Storm-Struck Coastlines Worth The Cost? http://blog.wlrn.org/post/rebuilding-storm-struck-coastlines-worth-cost One year ago Tuesday, Hurricane Sandy bore down on the East Coast, devastating shoreline communities from Florida to Maine.<p>Many of these areas have been rebuilt, including the Long Beach boardwalk, about 30 miles outside New York City. Officials held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new boardwalk Friday.<p>Ninety percent of the funding for the restoration came from the federal government. The Federal Emergency Management Agency paid $44 million to repair the devastation.<p>Jack and Roseanne Vanderbeck love the new boardwalk. Mon, 28 Oct 2013 11:14:43 +0000 Rachel Martin 22741 at http://blog.wlrn.org Is Rebuilding Storm-Struck Coastlines Worth The Cost? What South Florida's Spring Tide (Or King Tide) Looks Like http://blog.wlrn.org/post/what-south-floridas-spring-tide-or-king-tide-looks <p></p><p>The high tide that floods South Florida streets this time of year are known within the scientific community as a spring tide, although another popular term is king tide, which is not tied to any particular season.</p><p>A spring tide lasts several days and happens a few times a year when the moon, sun and Earth align.</p> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 19:44:21 +0000 Arianna Prothero 22344 at http://blog.wlrn.org What South Florida's Spring Tide (Or King Tide) Looks Like It's Clear Humans Are Changing World's Climate, Panel Says http://blog.wlrn.org/post/its-clear-humans-are-changing-worlds-climate-panel-says Declaring that "human influence on the climate system is clear," a U.N.-assembled panel of scientists <a href="http://www.ipcc.ch/news_and_events/docs/ar5/press_release_ar5_wgi_en.pdf" target="_blank">reported Friday that</a> "it is extremely likely that human influence has been the dominant cause of the observed warming since the mid-20th century."<p>The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which brings together hundreds of researchers from around the world, adds that "warming in the climate system is unequivocal and since 1950 many changes have been observed throughout the climate syst Fri, 27 Sep 2013 11:52:36 +0000 Mark Memmott 21266 at http://blog.wlrn.org It's Clear Humans Are Changing World's Climate, Panel Says How Many Scientists Does It Take To Write A Climate Report? http://blog.wlrn.org/post/how-many-scientists-does-it-take-write-climate-report Scientists and government representatives are meeting in Stockholm this week to produce the latest high-level review of climate change. It's thousands of pages of material, and if it's done right, it should harbor very few surprises.<p>That's because it's supposed to compile what scientists know — and what they don't — about climate change. Tue, 24 Sep 2013 11:31:31 +0000 Richard Harris 21073 at http://blog.wlrn.org How Many Scientists Does It Take To Write A Climate Report? Why There's A Boom In Noah's Ark Construction In Miami And Around The World http://blog.wlrn.org/post/why-theres-boom-noahs-ark-construction-miami-and-around-world <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">With almost exactly forty days and forty nights left in South Florida’s rainy season, now might be a good moment to consider the options.</span></p><p class="p2"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Globally, four Noah’s Arks have been either completed or started in the last few years.</span></p><p class="p2">As of last March, one-tenth of a life-sized ark -- 150-feet worth -- sat just outside Hialeah, part of the $1.5 million <a href="http://wlrn.org/post/group-building-noahs-ark-outside-hialeah">Hidden Ark project</a>. (An update on that later.)</p> Fri, 20 Sep 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Kenny Malone 20879 at http://blog.wlrn.org Why There's A Boom In Noah's Ark Construction In Miami And Around The World What The Dutch Can Teach Us About Sea Level Rise http://blog.wlrn.org/post/what-dutch-can-teach-us-about-sea-level-rise <p>American scientists and engineers have been comparing notes with Dutch counterparts over the problem they both have: how to protect their low lands from rising sea levels.</p><p>In the U.S., it’s treated as a new problem. But the Dutch stopped panicking about sea level rise about 800 years ago and began to address it systematically.</p><p>Dikes and levies are a big part of the plan. But the Netherlands has also learned to pick its fights, and even let the water win sometimes.</p> Thu, 19 Sep 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Rick Stone 20825 at http://blog.wlrn.org What The Dutch Can Teach Us About Sea Level Rise