Global Warming

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. 

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.

The Main Street Bridge in Downtown Jacksonville
Blake Allen

When it comes to clean energy policies, Jacksonville is one of the worst cities in the nation, according to a new report.

Hurricane Dorian slows to a crawl over Grand Bahama on September 2, 2019.
NOAA

Hurricane Dorian left at least 20 people dead in the Bahamas before making its way up the east coast of Florida and the U.S.

Scientists have said the catastrophic storm was made worse by rising global temperatures.

Winn-Dixie
DROBER24 / Wikimedia Commons

The U.S. Department of Justice and Environmental Protection Agency have agreed to a settlement worth about $4.5 million with the Jacksonville-based company that owns Winn-Dixie and Harveys Supermarkets over allegations that the grocery chains violated the Clean Air Act by failing to repair and maintain equipment that was leaking ozone-depleting substances.

JEA's downtown Jacksonville headquarters.
Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

During hearings in Tallahassee, the state’s major utilities asked the Florida Public Service Commission to lower their energy efficiency goals to near zero, and in JEA’s case zero, over the next decade.

A 2010 Volkswagen Golf TDI displaying "Clean Diesel" at the Detroit Auto Show.
Mario Roberto Duran Ortiz / Wikimedia Commons

The Department of Environmental Protection is looking for public feedback on its draft plan outlining how Florida will spend settlement funds from the Volkswagen emission scandal to reduce vehicle emissions statewide.

Jacksonville City Hall
Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

Jacksonville’s sea level rise task force has voted in favor of several more recommendations to submit to City Council before the temporary committee disbands later this month.

JEA's Downtown Jacksonville headquarters
Bill


Ahead of hearings that will set energy efficiency standards for Florida’s utilities over the next decade, environmentalists and consumer advocates are raising questions about utility companies’ proposed goals, which are considerably less ambitious than in years past. 

Downtown Jacksonville
Ryan Ketterman / Visit Jacksonville

Gobally, June 2019 was the hottest June on record, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the World Meteorological Organization believes this past July may have been the hottest month on record

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.

Future Farmers of America picking tomatoes in Palmetto, Florida.
State Library and Archives of Florida / Wikimedia Commons

A new report shows that people who work outdoors in all 67 Florida counties frequently work in dangerously hot conditions as climate change leads to hotter days and more of them.

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