Climate Change

The "Advancing the Quality and Understanding of American Aquaculture", or AQUAA Act, would clear the way for the Department of Commerce to regulate newly created aquaculture opportunity areas.

Florida International University researchers say nutrient-laden water caused by human activity is making it harder for corals to fight off infections and climate change.

A recent study by FIU says corals living in high concentrations of these nutrients are having a harder time dealing with the normal wear and tear of reef life because their immune systems are weakened. The findings were published in the journal Frontiers in Marine Science.

Climate Change Inspires Roseate Spoonbills to Relocate

Sep 28, 2020

The Roseate Spoonbill is a beautiful pink bird that, at a distance, can sometimes be mistaken for a flamingo. While spoonbills traditionally call Southwest Florida home, they’ve never been known to leave the tropical and subtropical climate zone north and south of the Equator. So why are they nesting as far north as Arkansas and Georgia—and wandering even further north in Minnesota and Maine—and Québec?

Wetland Preserve
North Florida Land Trust

The Jacksonville City Council’s Special Committee on Resiliency is weighing the costs and benefits of pursuing nature-based solutions as members explore how best to defend the city against flooding, sea level rise, and other effects of climate change.

Miami Dade County Chief Resiliency Officer James Murley.
The University of Miami

Miami Dade County’s Chief Resilience Officer says the best thing Jacksonville can do as it starts trying to deal with climate change is to appoint someone who will spearhead the city’s efforts.

Blue green algae in the St. Johns River.
Edie Widder / St. Johns Riverkeeper

A new study finds that Florida has spent close to $20 million trying to deal with algae blooms over the past 10 years.

Florida National Guard soldiers going door to door in the Jacksonville area around Ortega Island following Hurricane Irma, Sept. 11, 2017.
The National Guard

The Democratic candidate for Florida House District 16, a seat currently held by Republican Jason Fischer, says Jacksonville needs to invest more in its infrastructure to prepare for future sea level rise, and it needs funding from the state to do so.

A Facebook logo
Thibault Camus / Associated Press

Facebook is apologizing for mistakenly taking down the page of a local climate advocacy organization.

An iPhone displays a Facebook page.
Jenny Kane / Associated Press

Update on August 21, 2020: Facebook has since apologized for taking down the Jacksonville chapter's page.  Original story below:

The Facebook pages of several local chapters of a national climate change advocacy nonprofit, including Jacksonville’s, have been suspended with no warning or explanation.

Flooding in downtown Jacksonville from Hurricane Irma.
Bob Self / The Florida Times-Union

This month is Jacksonville Climate Month, which state and local advocacy organizations are using to raise awareness around issues related to climate change and sea level rise in Northeast Florida.

Aerial shot of cargo ship approaching JAXPORT
JAXPORT

The Jacksonville City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved $75 million in funding for the ongoing St. Johns River dredging project.

A Florida black bear
Kelly O'Connor / North Florida Land Trust

The North Florida Land Trust (NFLT) is getting a $450,000 grant from the Houston-based EJK Foundation to support efforts in the Ocala to Osceola Wildlife Corridor.

Electric power transmission lines
Penn State

A nonprofit advocacy organization is calling on state utility regulators to solicit public input before rewriting Florida’s energy efficiency rules.

Flooding on Ken Knight Drive during Hurricane Irma in 2017.
Cherisse Lamb

A Florida House candidate from Northwest Jacksonville is calling on local environmental activists to highlight issues in her community.

Warming Brings Muggier Weather to Jacksonville, Threatening Most Vulnerable

Jul 8, 2020
An airman assigned to the 557th Expeditionary RED HORSE drinks water while working on a construction site.
Senior Airman Damon Kasberg / U.S. Air Force

Diallo-Sekou Seabrooks was working a job as a concrete finisher last summer when he started feeling dizzy and lay down in the bed of a truck before heading home. The next day, the same thing happened.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis
Gov. Ron DeSantis Transition Team

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has signed a bill that would require state-financed coastal developments to account for sea level rise and storm surge.

Rep. John Rutherford, R-Fla., speaks during a House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, May 28, 2020.
Anna Moneymaker / The New York Times via AP, Pool

Local advocates recently met with Jacksonville Representative John Rutherford to talk about climate change and a national carbon pricing bill.

The coal-fired Plant Scherer, one of the nation's top carbon dioxide emitters, stands in the distance in Juliette, GA.
Branden Camp / Associated Press

The JEA Board of Directors unanimously approved a transaction on Friday that will lead to the closure of one unit at the coal-fired Scherer power plant in Georgia, which is one of the single largest point sources of carbon emissions in the country. 

Climate strikers gather in front of Jacksonville City Hall in September of 2019.
Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

A recent poll from Florida Atlantic University finds that the coronavirus pandemic has not significantly changed the way Floridians feel about climate change.

Flooding in Jacksonville on Sunday, June 7.
Riverside Avondale Preservation

Heavy rains over the weekend, attributed partly to Tropical Storm Cristobal, which made landfall in Louisiana on Sunday night, led to flooding in several areas of Jacksonville.

Andrew Kennedy, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Jacksonville, said the highest recorded rainfall amount was 7.02 inches over a 24-hour period from Saturday to Sunday.

A group of young people from Florida had their lawsuit against the state over climate change dismissed by a circuit judge in Leon County on Monday, and the kids plan to appeal.

Flooding on Ken Knight Drive during Hurricane Irma in 2017.
Cherisse Lamb

The Jacksonville Resiliency and Climate Change Coalition, a newly formed advocacy group working to raise awareness of the local impacts of climate change and sea level rise, is looking to better engage minority communities.

Jacksonville City Hall
Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

During Thursday’s meeting, the first since February, Jacksonville’s Special Committee on Resiliency voted to establish three new subcommittees, which residents are being encouraged to join.

Jacksonville City Councilman Matt Carlucci.
Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

The Chair of Jacksonville’s Special Committee on Resiliency, tasked with helping the city prepare for the impacts of sea level rise, is proposing three new subcommittees to better engage the public ahead of the committee’s first meeting since the coronavirus pandemic took hold in Florida.

A snook lies dead due to red tide in Bradenton Beach, Florida.
Chris O'Meara / Associated Press

A team led by University of Florida researchers is receiving nearly $280,000 to study the social and economic costs of harmful algal blooms.

The Florida Legislature
The News Service of Florida


As Florida’s 2020 legislative session comes to a close, lawmakers can celebrate the bills they passed. But hundreds of other proposals died along the way, including a bill that would have established a state-wide office of resiliency.

Flooding in Jacksonville after Hurricane Irma.
Robert Torbert

A new coalition of organizations and community members is working to increase public awareness of the local impacts of climate change and sea level rise, advocate for local climate action, and support Jacksonville’s new Special Committee on Resiliency.

Aidan Chau at the Great Wall of China.
Aidan Chau

Aidan Chau is a junior at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, where he majors in clarinet performance. Like many teens across the globe, he’s worried about what climate change could mean for the future.

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., speaks during a news conference to discuss hurricane relief efforts for Puerto Rico on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais / Associated Press

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) has announced that he has joined the bipartisan Senate Climate Solutions Caucus. It’s the first caucus he has become a member of since taking office in 2011.

Julia Nesheiwat
Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

Florida’s first-ever chief resilience officer, Julia Nesheiwat, has been hired as President Donald Trump’s new homeland security adviser.

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