Florida

FLORIDA

Florida’s population has tripled since 1970 closing in on 22 million people in 2021, making it the third most populous state in the US. 16 million Floridians live in coastal counties vulnerable to climate-related issues such as rising sea levels and flooding.

Already in 2016, the EPA published a report pointing out that the Florida peninsula had warmed more than one degree (F) during the last century, the sea was rising about one inch every decade (accelerating perhaps to 1-4 feet in the next century), and heavy rainstorms were becoming more severe. It predicted that rising temperatures were likely to increase storm damages, harm coral reefs, increase the frequency of unpleasantly hot days, and reduce the risk of freezing to Florida’s agriculture. And it observed, that along the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts of Florida, the land surface was also sinking, a result of sea level rise and increased precipitation, submerging wetlands and dry land, which was eroding beaches and exacerbating both coastal and inland flooding.

Florida has large biomass and solar resources, and insignificant oil and natural gas reserves, but its energy grid is primarily powered by imported fossil fuels through interstate pipelines. It is the fourth largest energy-consuming state, but due to its large population, its per-capita energy consumption ranks amongst the lowest five states. After Texas, Florida is the second-largest electricity producing state, with 75% of production powered by natural gas, 10% from coal and nuclear each, with renewables accounting for another 4% as of 2019. Florida is one of twelve states which has not implemented a renewable energy standard and is currently using a combination of state and local incentives, tax credits, and loan programs for certain renewable energy technologies. Net metering and interconnection rules are in place for investor-owned utilities and customer-cited generation facilities that qualify.

In August of 2021 the city of Tampa voted to move the city to 100% clean, renewable energy by 2035, making it the 12th Florida city to do so, despite the current governor signing prohibitive energy bills into law restricting municipalities from taking “actions which restrict or prohibit” energy sources used by utilities. They are also prohibited from banning gas stations or requiring them to install electric chargers. Tampa joins Tallahassee, Gainesville, Orlando, Satellite Beach, Dunedin, Largo, Safety Harbor, St. Petersburg, Sarasota, Cocoa & South Miami Beach.

Florida energy policy has typically favored utility companies, which have fought to prevent the direct sale of electricity from solar companies to their customers, as is permitted in 29 other states and territories, this despite Florida having the fourth-highest solar installation rate in the country. In the Spring of 2019 a lawsuit launched by eight kids called for stronger action to decarbonize the energy system in order to preserve their rights to life, liberty, property, and the pursuit of happiness. It was rejected by an appeals court in May 2021 as a three-judge panel of the 1st District Court of Appeal upheld a 2020 decision by Leon County Circuit Judge Kevin Carroll to dismiss the case. The panel did not give a detailed explanation, but cited Carroll’s conclusion that the case involved “nonjusticiable political questions.”

In June, 2021, when a Miami condo collapsed Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm suggested that climate change may have played a role. As engineers weighed whether harsher conditions from climate change – flooding, salt water intrusion, heavier rain, higher temperatures, more intense hurricanes—played a role, a final answer is not yet forthcoming.

CURRENT NEWS

DeSantis, Leading a State Menaced by Climate Change, Shrugs Off the Threat

By Nicholas Nehamas and Patricia Mazzei 09/08/23
During his 2018 run for governor, Ron DeSantis not only pledged to protect Florida’s Everglades and waterways, he also acknowledged that humans played a role in exacerbating the climate change that threatened them.
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Baby sea turtles are baking under the South Florida sun, new study suggests

By Ashley Miznazi 09/08/23
The biggest journey in a sea turtle’s life is in the first steps it takes. They face obstacles like bright street lights, hungry seabirds or raccoons and, once in the water, commercial fishing nets or…
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California and Florida grew quickly on the promise of perfect climates in the 1900s – today, they lead the country in climate change risks

By Henry Knight Lozano 09/05/23
Images of orange groves and Spanish-themed hotels with palm tree gardens filled countless pamphlets and articles promoting Southern California and Florida in the late 19th century, promising escape from winter’s reach.
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Why we all need to think like Floridians now

By Michael J. Coren 09/05/23
When I was growing up in Florida, my friend and I played a game in the backyard. We’d get shovels to dig as deep as we could. After uncovering a few inches of black soil,…
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Warmer seas – Climate change in Florida

By Ines Pohl 09/02/23
The extremely high water temperatures are a consequence of both climate change and the weather phenomenon known as El Niño. They are devastating one of the most species-rich habitats on earth, bleaching the coral reefs…
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Ron DeSantis denied human-caused climate change. Idalia wanted a word.

By Jarvis DeBerry 08/31/23
Of the eight Republicans who stood on the stage at Milwaukee’s FiServ Forum during last week's primary debate, three were past or current governors of states that have been hit by devastating hurricanes. No hurricane…
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Biden Says Climate Change Is Undeniable After Cat. 3 Hurricane Idalia Lashes Florida

By Martina Igini 08/31/23
Hurricane Idalia made landfall near Keaton Beach in Florida’s Big Bend region on Wednesday morning with maximum sustained winds of about 125 mph (201 kph) and torrential rains, before weakening and moving toward southeastern Georgia,…
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Hurricane Idalia could become 2023’s costliest climate disaster for the US

By Richard Luscombe 08/31/23
Hurricane Idalia could become the costliest climate disaster to hit the US this year, analysts say, with massive implications for the insurance and risk management industries.
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Insurers brace for Idalia claims, UBS estimates $9.36 billion cost in Florida

By Noor Zainab Hussain and Others 08/31/23
Insurers were expected to face claims for billions of dollars from Hurricane Idalia which made landfall in Florida on Wednesday, adding to a challenging year for the industry that could result in higher premiums for…
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What’s the connection between climate change and hurricanes?

By Alejandra Borunda 08/30/23
Makatla Ritchter and her mother, Keiphra Line, wade through flood waters after evacuating their home in Tarpon Springs, Florida. Flood waters from Hurricane Idalia inundated it on August 30, 2023. Climate change is making storm…
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DeSantis tells Biden: Keep your IRA money

By Jennifer Haberkorn 08/30/23
President Joe Biden is offering one of his White House challengers hundreds of millions of dollars to spend in his state. The only problem: that opponent is refusing to take it.
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Tropical Storm Idalia Storm and Tide Inundate South Carolina Coast

By Victoria Kim 08/30/23
Idalia was making its way through South Carolina overnight on Thursday, dumping heavy rains, flooding streets and imperiling coastal communities with the double threat of storm surge and high tides.
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PLANS TO ACCELERATE RENEWABLES

Mining and Renewable Energy: A Symbiotic Relationship on the Path to Net Zero

09/18/23
Renewable energy and mining may seem like polar opposites, but they actually have a symbiotic relationship that is crucial for achieving a net-zero future. As the world shifts towards cleaner…

Florida tops in US for solar installations so far in 2023, new report says

09/10/23
Florida topped all other U.S. states for solar energy installations during the first half of 2023 and is on track to upend California and Texas, the top solar installers of 2021 and 2022, for solar…

Duke Energy Florida’s New Renewable Energy Certificates Program Offers Customers, Businesses More Options To Reach Their Sustainability Goals

09/08/23
Duke Energy Florida announced Clean Energy Impact, its newest renewable energy certificates (RECs) program, is now available to customers looking to achieve their sustainability goals and support local, renewable energy.

USF Awarded $50,000 For Clean Energy Project By Department Of Energy

09/07/23
On Thursday, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Electricity announced that the University of South Florida is among the four winners of the American-Made High-Voltage Direct Current Prize.

Duke Energy : Florida’s new renewable energy certificates program offers customers, businesses more options to reach their sustainability goals

08/22/23
Aims to reduce rates for all customers by generating revenue through the sale of the RECs ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Duke Energy Florida today announced Clean Energy Impact , its newest renewable energy certificates (RECs)…

Florida raises eyebrows with decision on $377 million of crucial federal funding: ‘Negative implications for Florida residents’

08/20/23
Last month, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis rejected $377 million in federal energy-efficiency funding despite the Sunshine State experiencing record-setting heat.

Tampa Electric wants to lower rates for green energy electricity program

08/17/23
One of Florida’s largest utilities is asking regulators for permission to lower rates for those who purchase some or all of their electricity from a solar facility to increase participation in the program.

Hillsborough County solar project tries to lower startup costs for residents

08/15/23
When Doug Nelson first bought his home after moving to Tampa Bay, he knew exactly where he’d put his solar panels.

That time Ron DeSantis Rejected Federal Funds for Clean Energy and Cost Florida $350,000,000

08/06/23
Tampa Bay area Democratic Congresswoman Kathy Castor remains livid that Gov. Ron DeSantis turned down $354 million for energy-efficient measures provided through federal legislation signed into law by President Joe Biden.

Energy companies were behind some successful bills in Tallahassee this year

07/19/23
The fossil fuel industry was a big player in Florida's recent legislative session, especially when it came to newer projects involving buzzwords like "renewable” natural gas and "green” hydrogen.

NREL Partners With Black Farmers’ Collaborative To Plan Solar Panels for Florida Farms and Churches

07/13/23
On Cetta Barnhart's demonstration farm in Monticello, Florida, she grows citrus trees, leafy greens, and other produce that often goes to the community-supported agriculture project she founded, Seed Time Harvest Farms. Soon, there will be…

Tampa’s climate plan will enhance and preserve community’s quality of life | Column

07/11/23
On an early Saturday morning in June, I stood at the tip of the South Tampa peninsula in Picnic Island Park admiring the activity. The wetlands here are home to spoonbills, waders, gulls and terns.

JEA agrees to 20-year solar power deal

07/05/23
JEA will enter into a $400.8 million, 20-year agreement to buy solar power from the Florida Municipal Power Agency and receive it via Florida Power & Light Co. transmission lines.

Tampa becomes the latest Florida city to unveil a climate action plan

06/17/23
Approximately two years in the making, Tampa officials on Friday unveiled a 156-page “Climate Action and Equity Plan, becoming the latest local government in Florida to lay out a path to transition to renewable energy…

Hillsborough County’s Plan for Tampa Calls for 100% Clean Energy By 2035

06/08/23
This week, the Hillsborough County-City Planning Commission introduced the Environmental and Mobility sections updates of the Tampa Comprehensive Plan in a series of three public meetings. The County’s plan includes language from a Tampa City…

Florida Crystals Corp. Expands Renewable Energy Production

06/07/23
Florida Crystals Corp., which owns Florida's only rice mill, is now converting sunlight to renewable energy for its operations via its 900-panel solar array and the first Tesla Megapack battery in operation in the state…

Duke Energy Florida celebrates renewable energy landmark

05/25/23
Duke Energy Florida celebrated their milestone of surpassing 1 Gigawatt of clean, renewable energy at the High Springs Renewable Energy Center on Wednesday morning.

Ahead of Earth Day, Rep. Castor Introduces Package of 3 Clean Energy Bills

04/20/23
Today, U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (FL14), former chair of the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, reintroduced a package of three clean energy bills to boost access to solar energy and help Americans power their…

William McQuilkin: New legislation good for Florida business, energy costs, jobs and more

04/16/23
As Floridians, we have a real opportunity to take advantage of the Inflation Reduction Act to accelerate our transition to clean, renewable energy. We can do this while also providing much needed jobs and growth…

Fracked Gas at Center of Tampa Electric’s New 10-Year Plan

04/10/23
On Friday, Tampa Electric filed their 10-year plan with the state, outlining the utility’s power needs and power generation plans for the next decade. Under the plan, the utility will not be moving off fracked…

McKay Bay Waste to Energy Facility powers thousands of Tampa homes using renewable energy

04/03/23
Waste to energy facilities are a growing alternative to landfills, essentially recycling residential and commercial trash and converting it into renewable energy.

Florida utility bills could rise to pay for new natural gas technology

03/30/23
Floridians could see their electric bills increase again in the next two years so that utility companies can build infrastructure that captures methane emitted from solid waste and turns it into natural gas under a…

Duke Energy to build Florida floating solar array

03/17/23
Duke Energy Florida today announced that its first floating solar array pilot will begin construction later this month in Polk County.

Sunuso Energy becomes the Most Trusted Provider of Solar Energy Solutions in Florida

03/13/23
Sunuso Energy provides eco-friendly and energy-efficient solar energy solutions in Florida and is a top provider of affordable, high-quality solar panel installation services for homeowners.

Rate hikes approved for Tampa Electric, Duke Energy Florida, and Florida Power and Light

03/08/23
The Florida Public Service Commission, which regulates private utilities, approved rate increases for three electric companies that serve the state during its Tuesday meeting.

Origis Energy acquires Florida solar projects from Dominion Energy subsidiary

02/28/23
Miami-based solar and energy storage developer Origis Energy has acquired two solar projects from Birdseye Renewable Energy, a subsidiary of Dominion Energy Inc. The projects are in Florida. Once completed, they will add a combined…

From cow manure to clean energy — how one Florida dairy farm is cutting carbon emissions

02/27/23
On an average day, Greg Watts and his team at Full Circle Dairy produce more than 30,000 gallons of high-quality milk from more than 3,000 cows at their farm.

Clean energy advocates educate Floridians about electric rate hikes ahead of campaign launch

02/23/23
On March 7, the Florida Public Service Commission is expected to decide whether or not to approve rate hikes from Tampa Electric and Duke Energy Florida because of rising natural gas costs and expensive storm…

Leaders approve large-scale solar farm project in Florida

02/20/23
The City Commission unanimously approved a contract amendment to the FL Solar 6 project, a 75-megawatt solar plant about 15 miles west of downtown Gainesville in 2024.

Toolkit Helps Tallahassee Ready for Clean Energy Implementation

02/08/23
While it makes a big splash when large communities like Los Angeles and New York embrace the clean energy transition, success depends on communities of all sizes mapping a pathway to their goals along with…

Tampa Bay officials release plan for dealing with climate change

01/17/23
Florida’s sandy beaches and beautiful coastlines helped make it the fastest-growing state in the country last year.

Clearwater becomes 13th Florida city to commit to 100% clean and renewable energy by 2040

12/16/22
Clearwater has become the 13th Florida city to commit to 100% clean and renewable energy in its city operations by 2040 and citywide by 2050, with unanimous City Council approval of a resolution stating its…

Florida Transit Agency Buys 60 Electric Buses

01/03/22
A Florida transit agency, the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) of Pinellas County, recently ordered 60 full-electric buses. Pinellas County is the large county just west of Tampa that includes St. Petersburg, Clearwater, and Palm…

Tampa is holding listening sessions for residents at the frontline of climate change

12/17/21
The city also announced a $1 million investment into renewable energy solar panels and electric vehicle charging stations at the City Center at Hanna municipal building in East Tampa.

Federal government invests $815K in renewable energy projects in rural Florida

12/08/21
The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced it is making nearly 800 investments into renewable energy projects aimed at making rural communities in Florida more independent and resilient to the impacts of climate change.

City of Tampa Begins Development of Climate Action & Equity Plan

11/08/21
The City of Tampa is now developing the city’s first Climate Action & Equity Plan. The plan advances one of Mayor Castor’s major campaign commitments and is part of the Resilient Tampa Roadmap, released in…

Washington County officials approve a solar power plant

09/16/21
Washington County is closer to having energy independence after Thursday night’s commission meeting.

Reports: Florida is on track to become a regional leader in solar energy

09/08/21
 While climate scientists are sounding the alarm on rising global temperatures, a recent federal report is saying the U.S. is at least heading in the right direction in terms of using one form of renewable…

Tampa Commits To 100% Clean, Renewable Energy By 2035

08/06/21
Tampa's city council voted Thursday in favor of moving the city to 100% clean, renewable energy by 2035, making it the 12th Florida city to do so. This latest passage comes after Gov. Ron DeSantis signed…

Tampa City Council Adopts 100% Renewable Energy Resolution

08/05/21
Today, the Tampa City Council voted 6-1 to adopt a renewable energy resolution that demonstrates the Council’s support for transitioning to 100% clean, renewable energy sources community-wide by 2035. The resolution is the first of…

Duke Energy Florida announces 4 new solar sites

07/21/21
Duke Energy Florida today announced the locations of its four newest solar power plants – the latest move in the company’s program to expand its renewable generation portfolio.

Orange County’s Future Shines Brighter Together … Connecting Residents with Affordable Solar

06/25/21
Orange County is excited to announce another opportunity to help residents “go solar” by joining with the City of Orlando and Solar United Neighbors to provide another Solar Co-op.  

Homeowners Across Florida Are Switching To Solar Power Through Group Purchases

06/25/21
More than 60,000 homes, businesses and billboards are powered by solar energy across Florida right now, and one nonprofit is trying to increase that number by getting residents to purchase through multiple groups.

Florida Resilient Coastlines Program

06/25/21
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is committed to marshaling resources to prepare Florida’s coastal communities and habitats for the effects of climate change, especially rising sea levels.

CS/CS/SB 1954 — Statewide Flooding and Sea Level Rise Resilience

06/25/21
The bill establishes statewide programs for adaptation to flooding and sea level rise. The programs are intended to address flooding all across the state. The bill creates: The Resilient Florida Grant Program within the Department…

Point of View: Home insurance rates soaring with the heat

By Carlos Gimenez 05/25/21
Homeowners are the ones who incur the hefty costs when extreme weather strikes, especially those who live in low-lying coastal areas. Now is the time for all levels of government, in conjunction with the innovations…

Preparing for Climate Change in Florida

08/30/20
This page provides an overview of the steps the state is taking to prepare for the impacts of climate change.

Miami-Dade County Regional Climate Action Plan

03/20/19
Florida is considered one of the most vulnerable areas to climate change, with Southeast Florida especially susceptible to impacts such as rising sea levels. Miami-Dade County has been on the forefront of these issues for…

Southeast Florida Regional Climate Action Plan

03/20/19
The Regional Climate Action Plan (RCAP) is the Compact's guiding tool for coordinated climate action in Southeast Florida to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and build climate resilience. The RCAP provides a set of recommendations, guidelines…

Florida State Energy & Climate Action Plan

03/20/19
During the past 14 months, the Governor’s Action Team on Energy and Climate Change (Action Team) worked diligently to develop the Florida Energy and Climate Change Action Plan (Action Plan).  In keeping with the guidance provided…

KEY RESOURCES

Improved Prediction of Managed Water Flow into Everglades National Park Using Empirical Dynamic Modeling

09/16/22
Alteration of natural surface flow paths across South Florida has been detrimental to the environmental health and sustainability of the Everglades and surrounding ecosystems. As part of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP), predicting flows…

Florida State Profile and Energy Estimates

09/24/21
The Florida peninsula extends almost 450 miles south from the Georgia border to the Florida Keys in the Gulf of Mexico. The state's northern boundary stretches about 360 miles from the Atlantic Ocean across the…

Energy State Bill Tracking Database

09/10/21
The searchable Energy Storage Legislation Database displays information in interactive maps and charts, tracking state activity from 2017 to the present.

CAN I POWER MY HOME WITH SOLAR PANELS IN FLORIDA?

07/07/21
The short answer to this question is that solar panels are not illegal in Florida. However, you may have come across this question while researching solar power options in Florida. If you’re wondering why people are…

Rigorously Valuing the Role of U.S. Coral Reefs in Coastal Hazard Risk Reduction

04/30/21
The degradation of coastal habitats, particularly coral reefs, raises risks by increasing the exposure of coastal communities to flooding hazards. The protective services of these natural defenses are not assessed in the same rigorous economic…

The First National Flood Risk Assessment

10/06/20
The First Street Foundation Flood Model represents the culmination of decades of research and development made possible by building upon existing knowledge and frameworks regularly referenced in the identification of flood risk.

The State of Climate Adaptation in Public Health An Assessment of 16 U.S. States

10/06/20
EcoAdaptpartnered with the Natural Resources Defense Council to assess the state of climate adaptation planning and implementation for climate-related threats to public health in 16 U.S. states.

The Impacts of Climate Change and the Trump Administration’s Anti-Environmental Agenda in Florida

09/19/20
Between 2017 and 2019, Florida experienced three tropical cyclones, three severe storms, and one freeze. The damages of each event led to losses of at least $1 billion.

State-by-State: Climate Change in Florida

07/31/20
Florida is extremely vulnerable to impacts of climate change that threaten the state’s agriculture, energy and tourism industries

mySolarCost

01/24/20
mySolarCost is a free service that allows you to quickly and easily compare prices, features, and products from top solar providers and brands. Whether you are trying to save on your electric bill or increase…

Clean Energy Florida

01/24/20
Clean Energy Florida works to catalyze clean energy growth, adoption, and investment across the state of Florida. The state is well positioned to become a leading and innovative clean and renewable energy hub, and businesses…

Florida Solar

01/24/20
Florida’s solar policies have lagged behind other states: it has no renewable portfolio standard and does not allow power purchase agreements, two policies that have driven investments in solar in other states.

MORE NEWS

Climate change, Florida’s insurance crisis: What homeowners should know for hurricane season

By Lianna Norman   08/29/23  
There are many contributors to Florida’s insurance crisis. One of the biggest contributors are huge insurance payouts attached to yearly storm damage following hurricane season, exacerbated by climate change.
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Hurricane Idalia Storm Gaining Strength as It Advances on Florida Coast

By Abigail Geiger and Others   08/29/23  
Hurricane Idalia continued to power toward Florida on Wednesday morning with wind speeds of about 120 miles per hour, as its rain bands lashed Florida’s west coast. The storm, expected to intensify further and become…
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Florida’s already-volatile insurance industry is bracing for Hurricane Idalia

By Eva Rothenberg   08/29/23  
As it churns toward the disaster-prone Sunshine State, Hurricane Idalia could be a litmus test for Florida’s increasingly volatile and expensive insurance landscape.
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Ron DeSantis Gets Good News for Florida’s Insurance Crisis

By Nick Mordowanec   08/28/23  
Floridians experiencing spiked insurance premiums and limited options to deal with them have received some government assistance that may alleviate some of their financial woes and give some respite to Governor Ron DeSantis.
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Biden signs state of emergency order for Florida as Tropical Storm Idalia approaches

By Emma Kinery   08/28/23  
President Joe Biden approved an emergency declaration for Florida as Tropical Storm Idalia approaches and strengthens. Idalia is projected to grow to a Category 3 hurricane as it approaches the Florida coast, Florida Gov. Ron…
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Tropical Storm Idalia is a feared Gulf intensification scenario

By Andrew Freedman   08/28/23  
Tropical Storm Idalia may be following the path of many previous storms, but it is about to encounter Gulf of Mexico waters that are record warm for this time of year — the equivalent of…
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Florida researchers are exploring how climate change makes health disparities worse along the Gulf

By Jessica Meszaros   08/23/23  
Florida researchers have received $1.5 million from the Gulf Research Program of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to map climate change health burdens.
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When will Florida be completely underwater? A look at the future of sea level rise

By C.A.Bridges   08/23/23  
Florida will not be going the way of Atlantis any time soon, at least by human time scales.
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Amid record heat, Florida agencies give EPA climate change rules a cold shoulder

By Craig Pittman   08/17/23  
Ooooooo-wee, have you noticed how hot it’s been this summer? Feels-like temperatures are up around 115 degrees, even a heat index of 120 in Pensacola in June. Repeated “excessive heat warnings” from the National Weather…
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Miami-Dade adds 20 new electric school buses to fleet ahead of new school year

By Amanda Plasencia   08/15/23  
Miami-Dade County Public Schools is cutting out carbon emissions as they move full speed ahead with a new fleet of electric school buses this school year.
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Feds urge judge to reject flood insurance program challenge by Florida, other states

By Jim Saunders   08/10/23  
The Biden administration this week urged a federal judge to reject a challenge by Florida and other states to an overhaul of the National Flood Insurance Program that has led to higher premiums for many…
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High ocean temperatures are harming the Florida coral reef. Rescue crews are racing to help

By Daniel Kozin and Others   08/09/23  
Steps away from the warming waters of Florida Bay, marine biologist Emily Becker removed covers from the dozens of water-filled tanks under her watchful eye. Nestled in seawater carefully maintained at about 85 degrees Fahrenheit…
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A New Organization Is Recruiting Florida Retirees to Fight Climate Change

By Matthew Gutierrez   08/08/23  
When Mara Vertress moved to Florida in 1987, the summers ran hot—but never like this. Over the past 36 years, she’s noticed consistently warmer weather and longer stretches of extreme heat. Summers last longer, overnight…
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Florida’s Environmentalists Are Waging War — Against Each Other

By Jesse Chase-Lubitz   08/08/23  
About 27 miles inland from Florida's southwestern coast sit three empty swaths of land among a sea of green. This undeveloped area represents both the future of Florida's development and the culmination of a 20…
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DeSantis’s Florida Approves Climate-Denial Videos in Schools

By Scott Waldman   08/07/23  
Climate activists are like Nazis. Wind and solar power pollute the Earth and make life miserable. Recent global and local heat records reflect natural temperature cycles. These are some of the themes of children’s videos…
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How Florida let a top insurer abandon homeowners in their time of greatest need

By Brianna Sacks   08/04/23  
Every week or so, Edward Raggie walks through his front door and enters a painful, infuriating time warp. Everything looks exactly the way it did that day in December, when he and his wife, Joanne…
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Blazing Ocean Temperatures Threaten Critical Coral Reefs in the Florida Keys

By Angely Mercado   08/04/23  
Scientists and conservationists are working to observe and save coral reefs off the coast of Florida after a year of heat waves and alarming ocean temperatures.
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Climate change made July hotter — and Florida is feeling the largest effect

By The Associated Press   08/02/23  
Human-caused global warming made July hotter for four out of five people on Earth, with more than 2 billion people feeling climate change-boosted warmth daily, according to a flash study.
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Miami is Used to Heat, but Not Like This

By Amy Green   08/01/23  
Heat is a familiar fact of life here. The local NBA team is named for it. The tropical nature of it sets the region apart from the rest of the continental U.S. But that heat…
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DeSantis can say what he likes. The climate crisis is coming to Florida

By Chrissy Stroop   07/26/23  
Given that I devoted last week’s column to the dangerous lack of urgency the Democratic leadership and the US legacy media are showing on the problem of climate change, I suppose it makes sense to…
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Florida Man Blames ‘Wokeness’ for Fragile Insurance Market

By Angely Mercado   07/19/23  
Jimmy Patronis, Florida’s chief financial officer, is threatening to investigate insurance companies that leave the state. Patronis blames “wokeness” for the moves, not rampant lawsuits or climate change.
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For Florida’s Hurricane Ian survivors, extreme heat is a ‘second disaster’

By Brianna Sacks   07/17/23  
Lying on the floor of her storage unit, wet, with a fan to her face, Kimberly Goulet began to feel anxious and “extremely, desperately sad.” It was from the heat. No matter what she did,…
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Insurance Firms Abandon Homeowners

07/17/23  
Last week, two insurance firms, Farmers and AAA, said they would no longer sell homeowners insurance in Florida, leaving middle-class homeowners no longer be able to afford to rebuild or insure the homes they’ve occupied…
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Ocean heat around Florida is ‘unprecedented,’ and scientists are warning of major impacts

By Eric Zerkel   07/16/23  
A sudden marine heat wave off the coast of Florida has surprised scientists and sent water temperatures soaring to unprecedented highs, threatening one of the most severe coral bleaching events the state has ever seen.
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Florida rocked by home insurance crisis: ‘I may have to sell up and move’

By Jedidajah Otte   07/15/23  
Households in Florida, the third most populous state in the US, have been grappling for some time with a property insurance crisis that is making home ownership unaffordable for many. After at least six insurers…
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Citing climate change risks, Farmers is latest insurer to exit Florida

By Justine McDaniel   07/12/23  
Farmers Insurance will end coverage in Florida, a move that will affect about 100,000 existing policies and represents the latest retreat by insurance companies reluctant to cover Americans living in disaster-prone areas.
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Florida Insurance Crisis Explained: Why Multiple Insurers Are Leaving State

By Khaleda Rahman   07/12/23  
Farmers Insurance has become the latest insurance company to pull out of Florida, despite repeated efforts by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis and the state legislature to shore up the volatile market.
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Why Insurance Companies Are Fleeing Florida

By Matthew Zeitlin   07/12/23  
The Florida insurance market took another hit this week when Farmers announced it would pull out of the state, leaving around 100,000 customers unable to renew their policies.
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How Hot Is the Sea Off Florida Right Now? Think 90s Fahrenheit.

By Catrin Einhorn and Elena Shao   07/12/23  
Florida’s coral reefs are facing what could be an unprecedented threat from a marine heat wave that is warming the Gulf of Mexico, pushing water temperatures into the 90s Fahrenheit.
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Farmers Insurance Pulls Out of Florida’s Shaky Market

By Angely Mercado   07/12/23  
Farmers Insurance will stop offering insurance coverage in the state of Florida. This includes home insurance, auto, and policies that cover a combination of these. Apparently, the company made this decision in order to better…
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Farmers Insurance pulls out of Florida, affecting 100,000 policyholders

By Jordan Valinsky   07/12/23  
Farmers Insurance will stop offering its policies in Florida, including home, auto and umbrella policies, in a change that will force thousands of people to change their insurance provider. Farmers Insurance will stop offering its…
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Heavy rainfall, symptom of climate change in Florida

By Jada Williams   07/11/23  
As the Northeast deals with those floods down in Florida, we here in Tampa Bay are feeling the extreme heat.
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Extreme heat wave reaches Arizona and swelters southern U.S.: Live weather updates

By Matthew Cappucci   07/11/23  
The three most populous U.S. states — California, Texas and Florida — are facing the worst of a punishing summertime heat wave, with 54 million Americans slated to see triple-digit highs this week. Some of…
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Farmers Insurance is leaving its business in Florida

By Hannah Morse   07/11/23  
Another property insurer is dropping coverage in Florida. Farmers Insurance will stop writing new business and not renew its existing “Farmers-branded” automobile, home and umbrella policies in the Sunshine State, the company said Tuesday.
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Florida ocean temperatures at ‘downright shocking’ levels

By Dan Stillman   07/10/23  
Not only is Florida sizzling in record-crushing heat, but the ocean waters that surround it are scorching, as well. The unprecedented ocean warmth around the state — connected to historically warm oceans worldwide — is…
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It’s Toxic Slime Time on Florida’s Lake Okeechobee

By Dan Egan   07/09/23  
For thousands of years, Lake Okeechobee pumped life into Florida’s swampy interior. Summer rains swelled the shallow inland sea, creating seasonal overflows that sustained the Everglades and its alligators, panthers, spoonbills and snail kites. But…
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Don’t Overlook This Key Factor When Considering Retirement Relocation

By Bob Carlson   06/29/23  
A long-neglected factor to consider when choosing a residence is becoming more and more important to those who relocate in retirement. Because many people don’t consider the factor, it’s causing a lot of financial pain.
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What central Florida is doing to avert disastrous flooding when the next big hurricane hits

By Brady Dennis   06/19/23  
From their front porch on Ronnie Circle, Clara and Julius Amos keep close tabs on the bulldozers, excavators and dump trucks at work just down the street. A $23 million project to deepen several nearby…
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Florida’s home insurance rates rising faster than any state, nearly triple U.S. average

By Nicolas Rivero   06/07/23  
Anyone in Florida who has opened a home insurance bill in the last few years knows premiums have been skyrocketing. New estimates from a data analysis company shows they’ve actually been rising faster than in…
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How climate change is causing housing market chaos

06/05/23  
Insurance companies and state governments across the Sun Belt are trying to prepare for or prevent future disasters caused by climate change, and the housing market is being disrupted as a result. In Florida, some…
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Ron DeSantis has tried to tackle climate disasters, not carbon emissions

By Vanessa Montalbano   06/05/23  
Good morning and welcome to The Climate 202! This is Vanessa Montalbano, your Climate 202 researcher, taking over the top of the newsletter today. We hope you had a great weekend despite the heat. Send…
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Florida’s strawberry industry threatened by climate change

By Deirdra Funcheon   06/05/23  
Florida's strawberry industry is likely going to be impacted by climate change. Why it matters: Higher temperatures and water stress are already impacting agricultural yields, according to a new report from the Environmental Defense Fund…
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Hurricane season grows more dangerous due to climate change, Florida’s population boom

By Tiffany Browne   06/01/23  
Lead hurricane scientist explains dangers posed to Sunshine State
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Climate change forces a rethinking of mammoth Everglades restoration plan

By Amy Green   05/29/23  
Climate change forces a rethinking of mammoth Everglades restoration plan. In 1948, work got underway in the Florida Everglades on a public works project hailed as the nation's largest, aimed at reigning in once and…
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How hearty corals near Port Miami could help Florida’s reefs adapt to climate change

By Jenny Staletovich   05/26/23  
Urban coral that have thrived near bustling Port Miami — despite ship traffic churning up pollution and bay bottom — are more resilient than their cousins along Florida’s reef, a new study from the National…
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Broad climate change concern in Florida linked with recent extreme weather

By Florida Atlantic University   05/10/23  
An increasing number of Floridians agree that human actions are causing climate change, including a record number of Florida Republicans, according to a new survey from Florida Atlantic University. This finding reinforces the trend observed…
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What is Florida’s future as climate change threats add up?

By Cheryl McCloud and Dinah Voyles Pulver   05/08/23  
If you think Florida has seen it all. Think again, and a recent study on climate risks in the United States confirms some of our worst fears.
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Climate change scrambles the Florida Keys

By Arianna Skibell   05/08/23  
Climate change is making it more dangerous — and much more expensive — to live on the subtropical islands at the southern tip of Florida.
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How North Bay Village Is Preparing for Climate Change

By Steve MacLaughlin   05/02/23  
Mitigation is attacking global warming at the source by reducing greenhouse gases. Solar panels, electric cars and windmills are just three examples.
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Historic flooding in Fort Lauderdale was a sign of things to come – a look at who is most at risk and how to prepare

By Smitha Rao   04/27/23  
When a powerful storm flooded neighborhoods in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in April with what preliminary reports show was 25 inches of rain in 24 hours, few people were prepared. Even hurricanes rarely drop that much…
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