Climate Change

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

In the days after Hurricane Irma tore up the center of Florida in September 2017, 14 residents at a South Florida nursing home died after the facility lost power to its air-conditioning system.

Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

Yet more research shows Florida – and especially Jacksonville – has an expensive road ahead in dealing with rising seas.

City Councilman Jim Love (a new member of the AAA Working Group) looks at a floodzone map of downtown Jacksonville.
Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

Jacksonville’s sea level rise work group voted unanimously Friday to expand its boundaries to include areas that have been impacted by flooding in recent hurricanes.

Florida's new Chief Science Officer Tom Frazer.
IFAS News / University of Florida

In a call with reporters from across the state on Friday, Florida Chief Science Officer Tom Frazer said he recognizes Florida’s ongoing struggle with harmful algal blooms and will make water quality issues his priority moving forward.

These proposed additions to the red book would go through the Subdivision Standards and Policy Advisory Committee established via section 654.142 of the city charter.
Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

Jacksonville’s storm resiliency committee looks poised to recommend several changes to city development rules that members hope will improve drainage and reduce flooding.

Flooding in Jacksonville during Hurricane Irma.
Robert Torbert

After two months of fact finding meetings, Jacksonville’s Adaptation Action Area Working Group is ready to move to the next step.

The first order of business: expanding the group’s area of focus beyond the coastal areas mapped out when it was first established.

Jacksonville City Hall
Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

Councilmembers Lori Boyer and Jim Love have filed a bill they hope will better prepare Jacksonville for sea-level rise and flooding.

The Castillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine.
Castillo de San Marcos National Monument

An international conference on climate change and sea level rise and the threat they pose to historic resources in coastal and river communities is coming to St. Augustine.

Davide Tanasi taking 3D digital images at Tolomato Cemetery in St. Augustine.
Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

In coastal cities like St. Augustine, historic sites are facing modern threats - climate change and sea level rise. Now historians and preservationists are turning to technologies like 3D imaging as they look to protect those cultural resources for future generations.

Welcome to Atlantic Beach sign.
Davide Santoriello / Flickr.com

The City of Atlantic Beach is trying to become Florida’s first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified city under a new U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) pilot program.

Jacksonville City Hall
Steven Martin / Flickr.com

More than two months after its first meeting, members of Jacksonville’s Storm Resiliency and Infrastructure Development Review Committee are beginning to spend less time learning and listening and more time putting together proposals they think will help prepare the city for sea level rise and flooding.

Congressman John Rutherford
Bruce Lipsky / Florida Times-Union

Many Democrats in Washington D.C. have come out in support of the Green New Deal, a congressional resolution that lays out a sweeping plan for addressing climate change, but the legislation is facing stiff opposition from some Florida lawmakers.

How A Green New Deal Could Affect Storms, Floods & Heat In Jacksonville

Feb 20, 2019
Florida National Guard soldiers going door to door in the Jacksonville area around Ortega Island following Hurricane Irma, Sept. 11, 2017.
The National Guard / Flickr.com

When Hurricane Irma destroyed the house that Tom Davitt was renting on Jacksonville’s Westside, it also wrecked tens of thousands of dollars worth of his uninsured possessions and forced him to find a new home. “I rolled out of bed because I thought it was my alarm and it was a tornado warning - and I stepped into a foot and a half of water,” the yacht broker said. “I'm basically starting all over at my age, and I'm 56 years old.”

Flooding in Jacksonville after Hurricane Irma.
Robert Torbert

According to a new report from Climate Central and Zillow, 2,659 homes (at a value of $871.9 million) in Duval County are at risk of coastal flooding by the year 2050 under an unchecked pollution scenario and 19,121 ($7.2 billion) could be underwater by 2100.

Denise Smith Amos / The Florida Times-Union

Jacksonville saw a high of 83 degrees on January 1, 2019 - the city’s hottest New Year’s Day on record.

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