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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.
Tatiana Schlossberg reports for The Washington Post about the potential of seaweed to dramatically reduce methane emissions from cows. It turns out that Asparagopsis taxiformis and Asparagopsis armata — two species of crimson submarine grass — can reduce those emissions by 98% when just a small amount is added to their food. Now several companies are working […]
ABC News reports that there is a creeping underground invasion of our coasts, and it is moving inland much faster than had been previously thought, according to new research funded by the National Science Foundation. The stealth invader? Saltwater, which is infiltrating our coastal communities and creating unseen risks well in advance of the surface floods that drown our homes and businesses.
Why this Matters: This problem will become more and more common as climate change continues, causing widespread displacement across the world.
by Amy Lupica, ODP Contributing Writer According to a 2020 U.N. environmental report, seagrass “prairies” play a massive role in the health of the world’s oceans and if nothing is done to stop their decline, the world will face serious consequences. Seagrasses support rich biodiversity that sustains a whopping 20% of the world’s fisheries, and […]
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