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by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer Palm trees are the iconic imagery of warm coastal cities like Los Angeles and Miami. In fact, in Miami, palms make up over 55% of the city’s total tree population. Yet climate change and rising global temperatures are forcing city leaders to rethink the prominence of the palm. Miami […]
Just as Tropical Storm Cristobal prepared to make landfall in Louisiana, the Army Corps of Engineers (COE) released a plan on Saturday to spend nearly $5B to build miles of sea walls around parts of Miami that are vulnerable to storm surge and sea-level rise, local media there reported.
Why This Matters: Similar studies by the Army Corps are going on all over the country — New York City, Norfolk, Virginia, and in the Florida Keys. The feds abruptly pulled in February the COE’s plans for a sea wall for New York City without comment.
The organizers of Super Bowl LIV at Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium have a game plan to get to zero — they want none of the big game’s expected 160,000 pounds of waste to end up in a landfill. Our friends at National Geographic reported this week that the organizers’ plan is that aluminum cups and cans (yep no plastic ones) will go to a recycling center, utensils and napkins to a compost facility, and the rest to a plant where it will be burned for energy.
Why This Matters: There is no bigger stage than the Super Bowl to send a message about reducing our trash “footprint.”
Given that the Democratic Party denies the need for a debate dedicated to the topic of climate change, the location of the first Democratic debate — Miami — is ironic, to say the least. No other American city is feeling the brunt of climate change on a daily basis the way that Miami is — from fires in the Everglades (yes – you are reading that correctly) to record-breaking heat (this past Sunday) to daily flooding to hundreds of million dollars in upgrades to infrastructure, Miamians are already dealing with the climate crisis. But will the candidates get to discuss this important issue beyond the basics of support or opposition for the Green New Deal and re-entry into the Paris Agreement? That is THE question.
South Florida tops the list for most at-risk regions to climate change in the United States. Sea level rise means that an increasing amount of coastal properties are coming under threat and South Florida’s lawmakers are scrambling to find solutions, even holding a contest to do so. As Forbes reported, “the City of North Miami, […]
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