10 Jul '11, 11am

Can Florida’s nature and people outrace sea-level rise?

Can Florida’s nature and people outrace sea-level rise?

Cross-posted from Cool Green Science . Want to know how climate change might affect a seashore near you? Look at what it's already done over the past 20 years to a stretch of the Florida Gulf Coast, according to a pathbreaking new study published in the journal Climatic Change . Sea-level rise along the Waccasassa Bay area (90 miles north of Tampa) is already picking winners and losers in nature there -- and the losers include the habitat the iconic Florida black bear and the bald eagle depend upon. People up and down Florida’s Gulf Coast might soon suffer, too, if sea-level rise destroys the coastal wetlands that produce world-class sport fishing and protect cities from storm surges. A rendering of Florida coastline with 3.3 feet of sea-level rise. Image: Dave Sag But will these losses continue? And what can anyone do about them? Laura Geselbracht , senior marine scientis...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/climate-change/2011-07-10-can-florid...

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