Thursday, May 29, 2014

Bloomberg View Article On Cliimate Change Adaptation in Florida

Florida's state and national politicians, including Governor Rick Scott and U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, are free to question whether climate change exists. Local officials don’t have that luxury. When it floods, people call city hall.

The need for a practical response, requiring both pumping stations and political cooperation, makes South Florida ground zero (sea zero?) in the debate over climate change. Its public officials, elected and otherwise, are showing how adaptation is not only necessary but also possible.
Unfortunately, articles like this need to be published more often. It seems that the conversation about climate change has been moving away from prevention towards mitigation and adaptation. While it is unfortunate that it has come to that, I have believed for a few years that the fight to prevent climate change was lost and it is good to see the discourse start to acknowledge that so that it can move forward from there.

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