Climate Change

State Senators Focus On Climate Change Issues

Dec 10, 2019
Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

Plans for a statewide office focused on rising sea levels and more electric vehicle charging stations along Florida highways are moving forward in the Senate, as Republicans have become more open to addressing climate change and emissions issues.

Climate Change Threatens 60% Of Toxic Superfund Sites, Including 5 In Jacksonville

Nov 22, 2019
The building that once housed Fairfax Street Wood Treaters was still standing in 2012, when this photograph was taken.
Dan Scanlan / The Florida Times-Union

Sixty percent of the nation's heavily polluted Superfund sites—nearly 950 of them—are at risk from the impacts of climate change, including hurricane storm surges and flooding that could spread their toxic legacies into waterways, communities and farmland, a new federal report warns.

Jacksonville City Councilman Matt Carlucci.
Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

Jacksonville City Council President Scott Wilson has announced the formation of a committee that will look to make the city more resilient to flooding, sea level rise, and severe weather.

Eagle LNG Partners' Maxville facility west of downtown Jacksonville.
Eagle LNG Partners LLC

Tax incentives for a new natural gas export facility on Jacksonville’s Northside have cleared a legislative hurdle.

BILL BORTZFIELD / WJCT NEWS

The last time the Florida building code changed, it required any new construction along the coast to elevate buildings a whole foot. Just three years later, that doesn’t look like enough. There’s a call to go up yet another foot.

Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class Hector Cortes, from Puerto Rico, prepares heaving lines on Aug. 29, 2019, at Naval Station Mayport in preparation for Hurricane Dorian.
Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Nathan T. Beard / U.S. Navy

Jacksonville’s Naval Station Mayport is among the many military bases that will have to deal with significantly hotter days, according to a new report from the Union of Concerned Scientists. Mayport has historically seen eight days a year with heat index values over 100 degrees. By 2050, that number is projected to jump to 74 days.

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

A group of scientists and academics from local universities and colleges have signed onto a letter asking Mayor Lenny Curry and the City Council to develop a plan for reducing fossil fuel emissions in Jacksonville and to start preparing the city for the impacts of climate change.

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

An official from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection told a state House subcommittee Wednesday that Florida is working to develop a statewide strategy to prepare for the impacts of climate change.

Homes being raised on Avenida Menendez in St. Augustine.
Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

The American Flood Coalition is hosting its first Florida Mayors Summit in Washington, D.C., Monday and Tuesday, where 19 current mayors, representing more than 2.6 million Floridians, will hear from experts and talk to members of Congress about flooding and sea level rise.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announcing new environmental proposals Wednesday in Jupiter.
Gov. Ron DeSantis' Twitter page

Gov. Ron DeSantis this week announced environmental proposals for the 2020 legislative session, based on recommendations from the Blue-Green Algae Task Force, that are designed to expedite water quality improvements throughout Florida.

Sen. Tom Lee (in blue, wearing glasses) and the Committee on Infrastructure and Security.
Senator Tom Lee / Facebook

Florida lawmakers Monday dug into issues involving climate change and greenhouse gas emissions, phrases mostly kept under wraps by state Republican leaders before last year’s elections.

Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried
State of Florida / Via Wikimedia Commons

Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried on Thursday plans to roll out legislative priorities focused on climate change. 

man on stretcher
Northeast Florida Regional Council

This week, the Jacksonville City Council passed a last-minute budget amendment to end the city’s annual financial contribution to be part of the Northeast Florida Regional Council.

Andrea Dutton
John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

A professor who studies sea levels and global temperatures of the past has been named a 2019 MacArthur fellow.

Climate strikers in front of Jacksonville's City Hall.
Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

About 100 people gathered at Hemming Park in Downtown Jacksonville Friday to participate in a youth-led climate strike.

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