sea level rise

An aerial view of Jacksonville.
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Homes facing high flood risks are selling for nearly 14% more than the typical home with low flood risk, according to a new report from Redfin.

A recently purchased JTA electric bus.
JTA

Jacksonville’s city-owned utility and its transportation agency are in talks that could lead to the electrification of the city’s entire bus fleet.

Downtown Jacksonville
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Warming appears to be the new normal in Jacksonville and across much of the U.S., according to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration data that was updated this week.

Marshes on Amelia Island.
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A group of military and government officials has agreed to move forward with a plan to conserve 1 million acres of salt marsh stretching from North Carolina to Northeast Florida.

Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried
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Florida’s lone statewide elected Democrat is urging Gov. Ron DeSantis to veto a handful of bills sent to him by the state Legislature.

UNF students build crab pots to restore oyster reefs.
UNF

Students in the University of North Florida’s Coastal and Marine Biology Program are working on a living shoreline restoration project with the St. Mary’s Riverkeeper to help rebuild oyster reefs on the Amelia River’s shoreline, near Old Town Fernandina.

JEA workers connect a home to a sewer line in 2014.
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Jacksonville could get $6 million from the state to help pay for septic tank phase outs if the Legislature and Gov. Ron DeSantis sign off on this year’s state budget, as it’s proposed.

Picture of Jacksonville City Hall
Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

The Jacksonville City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to formally accept the final report from the Special Committee on Resiliency, which lays out dozens of policy recommendations that would help the River City deal with the causes and effects of climate change

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks Tuesday, March 2, 2021, during his State of the State address at the Capitol in Tallahassee.
Phil Sears / Associated Press

The Sierra Club of Florida has sent a letter to Gov. Ron DeSantis urging him to veto twelve bills, including some that would make it harder for local governments to reduce fossil fuel emissions, the leading driver of climate change.

Climate Change In Fla. Is Forcing A Response From Republican Politicians

Apr 23, 2021
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks Tuesday, March 2, 2021, during his State of the State address at the Capitol in Tallahassee.
Phil Sears / Associated Press

Florida has long been known as an environmental contradiction. It’s mostly a peninsula at risk from the severe impacts of climate change, including rising seas, warming temperatures, and worsening extreme-weather events; yet it’s also a state governed by Republican leaders who have refused to even publicly utter the words “climate change.”

The U.S. Reptile Most At Risk From Rising Seas? The Florida Reef Gecko

Apr 21, 2021
Clements and principal investigator Christopher Searcy were surprised to spot this Florida reef gecko at Deering Estate in Miami, Florida, between hardwood hammock and pine rockland habitat on Dec. 8, 2019.
Stephanie Clements

  • The Florida reef gecko is the most vulnerable reptile to sea level rise in the U.S, according to biologists at the University of Miami.

Jacksonville Beach flooding is pictured on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016 after Hurricane Matthew passed through.
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In a letter this month, the local climate advocacy organization Resilient Jax praised Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis for supporting the funding of projects to address sea level rise and urged him to start addressing the fossil fuel emissions that are driving climate change.

Five Culinary Winners And Losers Of Climate Change

Apr 19, 2021
Wine and fruits
Helena Yankovska / Unsplash

From wines in Canada to mushrooms in the Czech Republic, some foods will fare better than others on a hot planet.

Legislation Would Undermine Local Goals On Clean Energy

Apr 19, 2021
Rooftop solar panels
Pujanak / Wikimedia Commons

A bill advancing in the Florida Legislature would prohibit local governments from setting limits on energy sources powering homes and businesses within their jurisdictions. 

On Climate Change, DeSantis Focuses On Infrastructure While Ignoring Heat-Causing Emissions

Apr 15, 2021
Anticipating significant impacts associated with sea level rise by 2040, Satellite Beach is moving its public works building to higher ground.
Amy Green / WMFE

Brick by brick, the stucco shell of a new, flood-resilient public works building is taking shape blocks from the beach, the most visible sign yet of this small community’s enormous task of staving off the rising sea. 

Flooding in Flagler County.
Flagler County Emergency Services


With less than three weeks left in the legislative session, a key Senate panel Wednesday supported providing a tax break to property owners who elevate homes to address potential flooding, part of a House plan to combat rising sea levels.

WJCT
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The Local Media Association has announced 22 news outlets from across the country, including Jacksonville’s own WJCT News 89.9 and WJCT News partner News4Jax, that will be participating in its new Covering Climate Collaborative. WJCT produces ADAPT, a digital magazine focused on how climate change is impacting Northeast Florida and what’s being done about it, and the ADAPT Newsletter. 

'The Guardian' Asks: Will Florida Be Lost Forever To The Climate Crisis?

Apr 13, 2021
Ellis Rua / Associated Press

Few places on the planet are more at risk from the climate crisis than south Florida, where more than 8 million residents are affected by the convergence of almost every modern environmental challenge – from rising seas to contaminated drinking water, more frequent and powerful hurricanes, coastal erosion, flooding and vanishing wildlife and habitat.

A man wades through flood water as he check out damage from Hurricane Matthew Friday, Oct. 7, 2016, in St. Augustine , Fla.
John Bazemore / Associated Press


Tens of millions of dollars a year would go to fight the effects of rising sea levels under bills passed by the Florida House and Senate this week.

Residents walk a flooded street to reach their homes, Monday, Nov. 9, 2020 in Fort Lauderdale, where Tropical Storm Eta caused severe flooding in areas already saturated from previous downpours.
Marta Lavandier / Associated Press

Gov. Ron DeSantis would get more than he requested for Everglades restoration and water projects in the coming year under an initial Senate budget proposal that also would set up a grant program to address sea-level rise.

Plan Emerges In Fla. Legislature For Sea-Level Rise, Wastewater Funding

Mar 24, 2021
A Jeep drives through a flooded street in St. Augustine.
Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

Senate President Wilton Simpson and House Speaker Chris Sprowls late Tuesday released a plan to tap into a type of real-estate taxes to pay for projects to address the effects of sea-level rise and upgrade sewage treatment. 

A patient is evacuated by boat from the St. Vincent's Medical Center after floodwaters from Hurricane Irma covered the first floor of the hospital in Jacksonville on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017.
John Raoux / Associated Press


If some state lawmakers have their way, local governments like Jacksonville could lose their ability to address climate change and its impacts independent of the Florida Legislature.

A man paddles a kayak near a flooded home after storm surge from Hurricane Irma pushed water into the low lying area.
Chris O'Meara / Associated Press

The Jacksonville City Council’s Special Committee on Resiliency has unanimously approved its final report. The recommendations in that report will serve as the foundation for the work that will be undertaken by the city’s future Chief Resiliency Officer.

Camden County Georgia has launched a new tool to help residents understand the risks posed by flooding and sea level rise.

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

During a meeting hosted by the North Florida Green Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, Jacksonville City Councilwoman Randy DeFoor gave a preview of some of the recommendations the Special Committee on Resiliency, which she chairs, is scheduled to vote on this week and said the city will need to spend billions of dollars to defend against the impacts of climate change.

Residents walk a flooded street to reach their homes, Monday, Nov. 9, 2020 in Fort Lauderdale, where Tropical Storm Eta caused severe flooding in areas already saturated from previous downpours.
Marta Lavandier / Associated Press

From local planning councils to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, different agencies are making their own sea-level rise projections. But they’re not all the same. 

Flooding in Jacksonville during Hurricane Irma.
Robert Torbert


The city of Jacksonville plans to put on a series of public engagement workshops on sea level rise and coastal flooding.

Jacksonville Beach flooding is pictured on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016 after Hurricane Matthew passed through.
Charlie Riedel / Associated Press


Several prominent local organizations are praising the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s decision to support a market-based approach to accelerate fossil fuel emissions reduction to address climate change, which may give more momentum to calls for the oil and gas industry to pay a carbon tax.

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection says local governments need to know their risk for sea-level rise. Some agencies are already making their own projections. The Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact estimates by 2040; seas will rise in some South Florida communities by more than three feet.

This 2017 file photo shows a flooded San Marco street during Hurricane Irma.
Jessica Palombo / WJCT News


The city of Jacksonville has begun its search for a Chief Resiliency Officer, posting the position on its list of current job openings.

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