Global Warming

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Scientists from around the globe agree that the Earth’s climate is changing. The impact of that changing climate, how fast those impacts will be felt, and what residents in a coastal state like Florida can expect are more difficult to describe.

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The United Nations climate change conference takes place in Paris this month. World leaders hope to agree on actions to prevent global warming. At the same time, the “Climate Hope Presentation” is happening in Sarasota on Monday, Dec. 7. Presenters will discuss environmental issues, but there will be a greater emphasis on solutions. WGCU’s Jessica Meszaros spoke with one of the event’s organizers.

As the international forum on climate change heats up in Paris this week, it's placing a spotlight on places such as Florida - which could be Ground Zero for rising sea levels in the United States.

One computer model has the Florida Keys completely under water in a little over a century - if greenhouse-causing carbon emissions aren't curtailed.

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Scientists from South Florida flew to Tallahassee Tuesday for a 30-minute meeting with Gov. Rick Scott. They explained how and why the climate is changing.

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. 

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