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Sandy Soil And Rising Seas Spell Septic Tank Disaster In Florida

The race is on to deal with Florida’s 2.6 million ticking stink bombs.
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Jacksonville named at risk for ‘climate gentrification.’ How can we lessen the threat?

A researcher at FSU says climate change fueled displacement of residents is a looming “existential crisis” for Jacksonville and other major Florida cities.
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Citizen scientists help map the heat in Jacksonville

Extreme heat is the deadliest form of hazardous weather and Jacksonville will soon have data showing how the city is being affected by rising temperatures and which neighborhoods need the most help.
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Florida Power & Light sets ambitious goal to eliminate carbon emissions by 2045

The parent company of Florida’s largest utility has announced plans to expand its use of solar energy and other renewable sources.
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Jacksonville isn’t letting ‘a single grant opportunity slip by’ for resilience

Jacksonville has secured millions in funding for resilience projects and the city expects to get a lot more by the end of 2022.
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Calling for stricter pollution control, advocates urge JEA to phase out Northside Generating Station

More than 90% of all greenhouse gas emissions from large facilities in Jacksonville can be traced back to JEA and most of those emissions come from one power plant: the Northside Generating Station.
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UNF program pairs tomorrow’s environmental leaders with today’s challenges

The Environmental Leadership Program at the University of North Florida is preparing students to be future environmental leaders through training and hands-on experiences with organizations from throughout the community.
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A surprising climate change contributor: retention ponds that reduce flooding

While stormwater ponds do offer benefits, new research from UF indicates that they may be delivering a net disservice by contributing to greenhouse gas emissions.
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Florida rooftop solar change seems likely to pass, over pushback from solar industry

Fleming Island state Sen. Jennifer Bradley says her bill would get rid of a subsidy that utility customers without rooftop solar are being forced to pay. Opponents of the bill question whether that subsidy even exists and worry the bill could seriously hurt the state’s rooftop solar industry.
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Where do Jacksonville City Council candidates stand on climate change?

With election day fast approaching, the race to fill the at-large Jacksonville City Council seat left vacant by the late Tommy Hazouri is heating up with issues like JSO funding and Downtown development taking center stage. But where do the candidates stand on climate change?
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Controversial author Steven Koonin to speak about climate change in Jacksonville

When it comes to climate change, many of Koonin’s views — as expressed in his book and in prior speaking engagements — are controversial because they don’t line up with the scientific consensus.
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Could bacteria help reduce shoreline erosion? UNF researchers aim to find out

Researchers at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville are studying how a naturally occurring bacteria could be used to reduce shoreline erosion, one of many issues that are being exacerbated by climate change.
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Doug Eng: Environmental activism through art

Through his art, Jacksonville photographer Doug Eng is trying to help people gain more of an appreciation for the natural environment — and ultimately, of how their own actions are affecting it.
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Under JEA’s SolarMax program, companies can get 100% electricity from solar

Companies including Florida Blue and Johnson and Johnson are signing onto a new program from JEA that allows corporations to elect what percentage of their power comes from solar energy.
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Rising seas swamp Black, Spanish and Indigenous history in St. Johns County

A city reliant on heritage tourism struggles to protect its most valuable assets.
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A Florida climate scientist sees 5 ways the infrastructure bill will help protect us

One of Florida’s top climate scientists says the Biden administration’s new infrastructure bill isn’t a climate panacea but, he says, it’s a “great first step.”
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Fewer fumes: What the switch to electric vehicles means for Jacksonville

Experts say electrification of trucks and cars would be an essential step toward canceling out America’s yearly greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
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A Q&A with Jacksonville’s first-ever Chief Resilience Officer

Anne Coglianese, Jacksonville’s first Chief Resilience Officer, has been on the job since July, 2021. She has been tasked with helping the city prepare for the impacts of climate change.
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Your flood insurance premium will probably rise; Climate change and coastal development are to blame

The vast majority of the more than 1.7 million households in Florida that have flood insurance policies through the National Flood Insurance Program will likely see their rates rise as Congress faces a Sept. 30 deadline to reauthorize the program that’s drowning in debt.
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A Florida city wanted to move away from fossil fuels. The state made sure it couldn’t.

The story behind Florida’s new laws that strip cities of their ability to fight climate change.
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A century of altering the St. Johns River has left Jacksonville more vulnerable to flooding

In 1898 the St. Johns River went about 18 feet down at its deepest point. Now it’s about 40 feet deep. Do the benefits outweigh the costs of dramatically altering the most significant natural feature in the region?
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What Jacksonville can learn from Nashville about fighting climate change

Compared with Nashville, Jacksonville is doing relatively little to reduce its carbon footprint and does not have a climate action plan — although many believe the city is starting to move in the right direction and should look to examples like Nashville for the way forward.
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Green infrastructure turns old concepts into new reality

Many cities around the country now have proven examples of green infrastructure — Atlanta, Philadelphia, New York, Portland and St. Petersburg, to name a few. Unfortunately, Jacksonville isn’t one of them. Not yet, at least.
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Making a more resilient River City: Top 10 findings from new City Council report

The city of Jacksonville is playing catch-up when it comes to addressing climate change, but it’s now poised to take significant action thanks to the recent work of the City Council’s Special Committee on Resiliency.
ADAPT: EVENTS
https://www.wjct.org/events/adaptresilientfuture/

ADAPT: Activating a Resilient Future
Wednesday, October 7, 2020
7PM - 8:30PM

Join us for a conversation addressing issues related to coastal & river flooding, sea level rise, environmental justice, & related policies.

Site-scale green infrastructure solutions for shoreline management

This is the first event of the “Let’s Talk About Resilience” webinar series presented in partnership with the GTM Research Reserve, the Northeast Florida Regional Council and WJCT’s ADAPT.

ADAPT: The State of the St. Johns River

Following the release on October 15 of the 14th annual State of the St. Johns River report, WJCT Public Media held this virtual panel discussion allowing officials in various capacities to react to the report and reflect on how actions taken now could affect the river’s future health.

Climate Change & National Security in Northeast Florida

On August 24, WJCT Public Media and the American Security Project hosted an in-person and on-line discussion on how rising sea levels, more frequent and powerful hurricanes, and increasing temperatures in Florida all threaten the training and readiness of forces stationed in Jacksonville. Find out what progress has been made so far, what the future holds, and why combating climate change in the greater Jacksonville area is imperative for America’s national security.

ADAPT: Using Parks & Green Space In The Fight Against Climate Change

On April 20th, WJCT Public Media hosted a virtual panel discussion on the varied roles that parks and green space can play in the fight against climate change (storing carbon, reducing urban temperatures, mitigating flooding) and what you can do to help.
https://www.wjct.org/events/adaptresilientfuture/

ADAPT: Activating a Resilient Future
Wednesday, October 7, 2020
7PM - 8:30PM

Join us for a conversation addressing issues related to coastal & river flooding, sea level rise, environmental justice, & related policies.

ADAPT: Will A New Administration Change Florida’s Climate Future?

On January 28th, WJCT hosted a virtual panel discussion on what a new year, a new Congress, and a new presidential administration could mean for climate policy in Northeast Florida and beyond.

ADAPT: The State of the St. Johns River

Following the release on October 22 of the annual State of the St. Johns River report, this panel discussion allowed officials in various capacities to react to the report and reflect on how actions taken now could affect the river’s future health.

Activating a Resilient Future

WJCT Public Media, the Northeast Florida Regional Council (NEFRC) and the Jacksonville Environmental Protection Board (JEPB) hosted a virtual community conversation on October 7 featuring two panels of local elected officials and subject matter experts. Issues addressed included coastal & riverine flooding, sea level rise, environmental justice and related policies.

Is There a Connection? Climate Change & Coronavirus

WJCT Public Media and the Northeast Florida Regional Council hosted an ADAPT conversation on July 14 focused on the parallels between, and the intersections of, climate change and the coronavirus and how these crises are affecting our state and region.

ADAPT: Special Edition

Meet six people helping the First Coast adapt to sea level rise and the other effects of climate change

This Jacksonville Scientist Is On A Mission To Change Public Policy

Adam Rosenblatt

Assistant Professor of Biology,
University of North Florida

How To Talk About Climate Change Without Getting Punched In The Face

Lauren Watkins

Director of Behavior Change Strategies,
Impact By Design

Getting My Entire City LEED‑Certified

Shane Corbin

City Manager,
Atlantic Beach

Building Northeast Florida’s Resilience By Bringing Business Leaders To The Table

Sean Lahav

Resiliency Coordinator,
Northeast Florida Regional Council

Florida’s First-Ever State Resilience Officer Is In Listening Mode

Julia Nesheiwat

Chief Resilience Officer,
State of Florida

ADAPT: Edition 1
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Downtown Jacksonville ADAPTS

A riverfront hospital is bulking up its flood protection after nearly having to evacuate during Hurricane Irma.
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St. Augustine ADAPTS

In a city whose livelihood depends on its past, it pays to keep history above water.
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The Beaches ADAPT

Some homeowners and city officials in Duval County’s coastal towns are taking rising seas seriously.
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‘Retreat’ Not An Option For A California Beach Town, But It’s Already Happening In Duval County

The city of Jacksonville is offering to buy out homes in a flood-prone riverfront neighborhood.

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‘Lift That Nest Up’: Florida’s Endangered Birds Threatened By Floods

The Florida grasshopper sparrow is the continent’s most endangered bird. Climate change isn’t helping.

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Real Estate And Sea Level Rise: A Buyer’s Guide

In Florida, sellers don’t have to disclose flood damage. So how can buyers assess the risk?

The Beaches ADAPT

Some homeowners and city officials in Duval County’s coastal towns are taking rising seas seriously.

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These Eco-Friendly Homes Are Built To Weather The Storm

A South Florida builder is trying to make prefabricated chic.

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As Seas Rise, Florida Will Likely Lose More Coastal Property Value Than Any Other State

As coastal property values drop, the economic effects could ripple inland.

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Why US Carbon Dioxide Emissions Are Back On The Rise

What’s good for today’s economy isn’t so great for tomorrow’s earth.

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This Is The $5.5 Million Houseboat Of The Flooded Future

Read on The Miami Herald

Why let sea rise sink your Miami lifestyle when you can go with the flow?

St. Augustine ADAPTS

In a city whose livelihood depends on its past, it pays to keep history above water.

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The New Vanguard Protecting Historic Sites From Sea Level Rise: Volunteers

The Heritage Monitoring Scouts are helping the state decide which pieces of history to save and which to abandon.

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How A Maine Island's Residents Are Tackling The Climate Emergency

Read on Experience Magazine

They believe the solutions will come not from laws but from neighbors.

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‘Resilience Hubs’ Could Help Northeast Floridians — Including Animals — Weather Floods

City planners can use new data to maximize conservation projects’ impact.

Downtown Jacksonville ADAPTS

A riverfront hospital is bulking up its flood protection after nearly having to evacuate during Hurricane Irma.

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How To Make Jacksonville More ‘Resilient’: 2 Committees’ Suggestions

After pulling out of a national resiliency initiative in 2016, the city is working on its own adaptation plans.