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Global Climate Change and Florida

The National Climate Assessment released its third, “Climate Change Impacts in the United States,” report last month. The assessment draws on the work of more than 300 researchers and experts. The report concludes that climate change is occurring at accelerating rates and is caused by human activity. While the findings show no region of the country is exempt from adverse impacts, regions like Florida are particularly vulnerable to extreme heat events, hurricanes and sea level rise. We’ll explore the report’s findings on climate change and sea level rise projections, environmental and economic impacts and how communities can prepare. 


Jim Beever, Executive Director, Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council

Wayne Daltry, former Director, Lee County Smart Growth Initiative & Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council

Linda Friar, Public Affairs Chief, Everglades & Dry Tortugas National Parks

Laura Geselbracht, Senior Marine Scientist, The Nature Conservancy Florida Chapter