Media Briefing: Climate Impacts in Florida
How climate change impacts Florida's people, places and polls
Miami, Fla. — Miami, the host of the first Democratic presidential debates on June 26th and 27th, is ground zero for some of climate change’s worst impacts. Climate change threatens the pillars of Florida’s economy – its tourism, agriculture and real estate – harms the health of our residents and damages our natural resources. These debates are an opportunity for presidential candidates to articulate their plans to protect Florida and other communities around the nation from these threats to our lives and livelihoods.
Over the last decade, Florida has seen more powerful hurricanes, harmful algae blooms that kill wildlife and hurt tourism, and invading seas that erode property values. Yet science shows that if the United States takes concerted actions to dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions, we can create a more prosperous, healthy and clean energy future.
The Union of Concerned Scientists, ReThink Energy Florida, The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, and the George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication hosted a briefing on Florida-specific climate change challenges. The briefing included an overview of climate science, insight into how local communities are grappling with rising seas and extreme weather, and a look at public opinion research on climate and clean energy issues, which will equip journalists with a full picture of one of the most important issues emerging in the 2020 presidential race. This briefing was moderated by Tom O’Hara, editor of The Invading Sea, a media collaborative that includes The Miami Herald, Sun Sentinel, Palm Beach Post and WLRN.
Media Briefing: Florida Climate Impacts
WHO: Moderator: Tom O’Hara, Editor, The Invading Sea Media Collaborative
Brenda Ekwurzel, Director of Climate Science, Union of Concerned Scientists (SLIDES)
Kate Stein, freelance climate reporter and contributor to The Invading Sea
Ed Maibach, Director, George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication (SLIDES)
Susan Glickman, Florida Director, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE) (SLIDE)