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Liberty City in Miami is working to avoid climate gentrification Photo: Maria Alejandra Cardona for NPR
In Miami, sea level rise is not a problem for tomorrow, it is one that homeowners and developers are confronting today. According to NPR,”[a]cross the region, developers are changing how they build, wealthy homeowners are reinforcing their properties, and in communities that are farther from the coast — places like Liberty City — residents are working to make sure they don’t have to leave their homes” due to climate-related gentrification of areas on higher ground.
A recent study found that between 1971 and 2017, real estate at higher elevations in Miami appreciated at higher rates than properties closer to sea level.
And at the high end of the market, a new South Beach development called Monad Terrace is designed to address buyers’ climate concerns — the building’s base will be 12 feet off the ground, with a basement that is sealed concrete to keep water out, a massive generator on-site for power outages, pumps to deal with floodwaters, and glass windows that can handle a Category 5 hurricane.
A yard sign in front of artist Xavier Cortada’s studio warning about sea levels rising Photo: Wilfredo Lee, AP
Why This Matters: Climate change is here and now — with sea level rising inch by inch and even foot by foot, today’s concept of what the shoreline looks like will have to change and we may not be able to save all the current structures, a reality that will be hard to accept. That is why even in Miami they need all the visual aids and on the ground education about climate change that they can get. Fifty percent of the people who live in Miami live in homes situated below sea level and that real estate is highly vulnerable as sea level rises, and already king tides are impacting many areas. The “ripple effects” of sea level rise will be felt across the region — and will impact everyone. Maybe Xavier Cortado should make signs like these and encourage people to put them up near Mar-a-Lago. We can think of one resident who needs an education on this topic.
By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer Last summer, Florida created its first aquatic preserve in over 30 years. The Nature Coast Aquatic Preserve protects about 400,000 acres of seagrass just north of Tampa on Florida’s Gulf coast. These are part of the Gulf of Mexico’s largest seagrass bed and borders other existing preserves, creating a […]
A new study has found that whale songs can be a powerful tool for mapping the ocean floor. Seismic testing done by humans can harm whales and other marine life, but by using whale songs instead, scientists believe the practice can be adapted to be much less harmful to marine populations.
Why This Matters: For years, the fossil fuel industry has hauled “seismic guns” behind large boats, blasting loud, harmful bursts of sound that disturb sea life and impair the sonar of animals like whales and dolphins.
Much as our national parks on land are some of our greatest natural treasures, marine national monuments safeguard precious ecosystems and protect them now and for future generations. The National Marine Sanctuary System encompasses more than 600,000 square miles of marine and Great Lakes waters, and contains amazing cultural and historical resources, as well as […]
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