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Plastic straws.
Kevin Rheese / Flickr.com

What started as an effort to prevent local governments from regulating plastic straws morphed Monday into a push for a study on the issue, lumped in with an attempt to prohibit cities and counties from banning certain sunscreens.

Trees in downtown Jacksonville.
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With a grant from the U.S. Forest Service, Jacksonville has hired a Virginia-based nonprofit to study the city’s trees and how they can be better utilized to address the problems of urban stormwater runoff, among other things.

Rooftop solar panels.
Pujanak / Wikimedia Commons

Solar United Neighborhoods, the League of Women Voters of Florida and Earthjustice have together filed a motion for summary judgement regarding their lawsuit against Jacksonville’s municipal utility, JEA, and its decision to rollback a nearly decade-old net metering program.

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 And 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.”

Storm Resiliency and Infrastructure Development Review Committee members met for the first time Friday.
Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

Jacksonville’s new Storm Resiliency and Infrastructure Development Review Committee met for the first time Friday afternoon and members agreed their first order of business will be to take a look at the rules and regulations surrounding new developments in the city and how to retrofit existing infrastructure.

JEA

Florida is seeing strong job growth in the solar sector.

Flooding in San Marco during Hurricane Irma.
Jessica Palombo / WJCT News

Local environmental advocates and policy experts say they’re cautiously optimistic about two recently announced committees designed to address sea level rise and flooding in Jacksonville.

Flooding in St. Augustine.
City of St. Augustine

The City of St. Augustine, with help from allies on Capitol Hill, is asking the federal government to help pay for a $3 million U.S. Army Corps of Engineers study on sea level rise and flooding.

With clear skies and breezy winds, Florida Atlantic University (FAU) revealed its newest invention Tuesday at Pahokee Marina, in the southern half of Lake Okeechobee: a solar powered sailboat that will monitor and test for harmful algal blooms.

The Nav2 is the first autonomous vessel to be used for in-land algae monitoring. It’s the brainchild of FAU and the company Navocean. The two had an early version of the vessel monitor red tide on the west coast of Florida in December 2017 before making the official launch in Lake Okeechobee.

Flooding at Atlantic Blvd. in Atlantic Beach during Hurricane Irma.
City of Atlantic Beach

The City of Atlantic Beach is proactively addressing sea level rise and climate adaptation by developing a coastal vulnerability assessment and adaptation plan. 

St. Augustine residents and leaders discuss strategies for addressing sea level rise at a workshop Thursday.
Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

The City of St. Augustine and Flagler College hosted a workshop Thursday focused on resilience, sea level rise and the future impact of flooding on historic places where the results of a recently conducted survey on the same topics were presented.

Left to right, with Mayor Lenny Curry front and center: Bill Gulliford, Ellen Glasser, Rory Diamond, Elaine Brown and Charlie Latham.
Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry said Wednesday he’s putting together a committee on sea-level rise, shortly after he announced the renourishment project to repair Jacksonville-area beaches damaged by recent hurricanes is complete.

DeSantis Seeks $625 Million For Water Protection Efforts

Jan 30, 2019
Gov. Ron DeSantis' office

Water protection and restoration projects, including the fight against red tide and the continued cleanup of the Everglades, will account for $625 million of a proposed budget that Gov. Ron DeSantis said he will roll out Friday for state lawmakers to consider.

Flooding at Atlantic Blvd. in Atlantic Beach during Hurricane Irma.
City of Atlantic Beach

At Monday’s meeting, the Atlantic Beach City Commission took steps to acknowledge the threat of sea level rise and to begin exploring coastal resiliency strategies.

Bathers at American Beach.
Courtesy of the Amelia Island Museum of History

The Nassau Board of County Commissioners has made historic American Beach’s conversion from septic tanks to general sewer a priority and they’re lobbying the state government for financial aid.

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.

Four Fathers Distillery owner Tim Daniels smelling a batch of his Black Copper Rum.
Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

A steam-boiler powered by new solar technology manufactured in Jacksonville is now being used to make whiskey, bourbon, vodka and rum at a local distillery.

Local Developer Plans 102 Single-Family 'Green' North Jacksonville Homes

Jan 16, 2019
Via Jacksonville Daily Record

The husband-and-wife team behind TerraWise Homes plans to build a community called Bradley Pond with 102 single-family environmentally friendly homes in North Jacksonville.

View from inside the courtyard of Flagler College in St. Augustine, FL.
Tim Trick / Creative Commons

The City of St. Augustine is collaborating with Flagler College to get input from the community ahead of an upcoming workshop on resilience, sea level rise and the future impact of flooding on historic places.

Abukar Adan / WJCT News

On Monday’s First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross,  At-Large Jacksonville City Councilwoman and mayoral candidate Anna Lopez Brosche  said Mayor Lenny Curry has failed on issues of public safety, open government and others.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.
News Service of Florida

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis followed up on a campaign promise Thursday by signing an executive order designed to address the environmental issues that have been plaguing the state.

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

During a presentation on nutrient loads caused by septic systems before the Florida Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Environment and General Government, Dr. Brian E. Lapointe, a research professor at Florida Atlantic University, said septic tanks are a major factor behind a recent spike in harmful algal blooms. A problem that, in his opinion, is “the most important and urgent issue facing our state.”

Clay County To Test Recycling Water Around Its Expressway Ponds

Jan 9, 2019
Florida Times-Union file photo

Clay County’s water utility is starting work on a test project to recycle rainwater running off the First Coast Expressway to nurture lawns in neighborhoods growing fast around the highway.

Carbon dioxide emissions in the U.S. are on the rise again after several years of decline, and a booming economy is the cause.

That's according to a report out today from the Rhodium Group, an independent research firm that tracks CO2 emissions in the U.S.

If this unusually warm winter weather has you thinking about climate change, you’re not alone.

Peter Haden / WJCT News

Amid concerns that leaky septic systems are polluting waterways, a Florida Republican senator filed legislation Wednesday  that would require the Florida Department of Health to identify all septic systems in the state by Jan. 1, 2021 and provide a map of the systems.

Andrew Cooper and Alex Schulze, two millenials and keen surfers, celebrated their graduation from Florida Atlantic University business school with a holiday in Bali in 2015. They were horrified by the amount of plastic washing up on the beaches and decided to do something about it, putting their brand new business degrees to work.

The result is 4ocean, a cleanup company that, in less than two years, has cleaned up over two million pounds of plastics from coastlines around the globe.

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.

Climate Central

It’s that time of year when children start to ask, “Are we going to have a white Christmas?” In Jacksonville this year, the answer is a pretty resounding no.

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