Press Releases

November 28, 2018 - Media Briefing: Dire Warnings about Climate Change 

The Fourth National Climate Assessment...What does it mean for Florida?

The National Climate Assessment Report, which was released by the Trump Administration on Black Friday, contains sobering news for Florida

Statewide, Fla. – On Friday, the White House released a lengthy report as part of its U.S. Global Change Research Program. The report analyzes climate impacts affecting the United States and warns that climate change could kill thousands of Americans and do great damage to the U.S. economy if not kept in check.

Via Webinar, we heard from Florida-based scientists and experts as they discussed the report’s findings, and what they mean for sea level rise, increasing heat and drought, harmful algae blooms, seasonal allergies, and mosquito-borne diseases.  

WHAT:                  

Briefing: The National Climate Assessment: What Does It Mean for Florida?

- What is the National Climate Assessment and what are the new findings?

- What impacts of climate change will be felt in Florida?   

- The connection with climate change and human health

Click here to view the slides from the briefing. 

Click here for the video file.

WHO:         

  • Andrea Dutton, Associate Professor of Geology; University of Florida, and an expert on rising sea levels
  • Ben Kirtman, Professor, Department of Atmospheric Sciences, University of Miami - Rosenstiel School for Marine and Atmospheric Science
  • Todd Sack, MD, FACP, Gastroenterologist based in Jacksonville, Florida. The founder of My Green Doctor, he serves on the Board of Directors for Physicians for Social Responsibility
  • Susan Glickman, Florida Director; Southern Alliance for Clean Energy. Named to Florida Trend’s Inaugural list of 500 Most Influential Florida Business Leaders

This briefing is organized by ReThink Energy Florida.

ReThink Energy Florida is a non-profit, non-partisan 501C3 energy education organization based in Tallahassee Florida, and operating statewide.  This Media Briefing is a part of ReThink Energy Florida’s Sea Level Rise Project, which is designed to raise awareness of climate change, using the lens of sea level rise.  Our goal is to educate the public and elevate the urgency to address sea level rise threats in Florida in 2018 and beyond.


July 17, 2018 - The Florida-Antarctic Connection

A Briefing on Ice Mass Loss & Sea Level Rise

The loss of ice from Antarctica tripled in the last decade -- and that is just getting started;

New studies seem to say it may not be that bad -- but there’s more to the story.  

Statewide, FL – A multi-author study revealed the loss of ice from Antarctica has tripled in the last two decades.

But other recent headlines suggest that sea level rise from Antarctica might be alleviated by increased snowfall or a rebound of Antarctica’s bedrock.  

Via webinar, Ted Scambos of the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) sorted through all of these findings in an important briefing on the latest research on snow and ice at the polar regions, with a specific emphasis on how Antarctica’s ice loss will impact communities in Florida.  

WHO: Ted Scambos, Senior Research Scientist at National Snow and Ice Data Center, CIRES, University of Colorado

WHAT: Briefing: “The Florida-Antarctic Connection”

Topics:

  • What is the latest on ice loss in Antarctica and Greenland and how does that affect Florida?
  • The gravitational effect: Could Florida see more than its fair share of sea level rise?
  • What is the impact of snow accumulating in east Antarctica, and will that counter sea level rise?
  • What is the impact of the continental uplift, or “rebound” of land mass in West Antarctica --  and how does that affect sea level rise?

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May 30, 2018 - Climate Change Impacts on Hurricanes Media Briefing

Senior NASA Scientist Dr. Timothy Hall explain how climate change impacts hurricane intensity and storm surge as the 2018 hurricane season commences  

With  hurricane season starting this Friday, Floridians are waiting, watching and wondering, will we see anything like the destructive whirlwind of hurricanes experienced in 2017? But, as a recent Palm Beach Post editorial pointed out, the Annual Governor’s Hurricane conference was missing one key threat on the agenda--climate change--at a time when forecasts are predicting more powerful, intense hurricanes as the climate warms.

WHO:                          

  • Dr. Timothy Hall, Senior Scientist, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies And Adjunct Professor, Department of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics, Columbia University. Dr. Hall’s bio is available here.

WHAT: Press briefing webinar: “How Climate Change is Impacting Hurricanes”

Topics:

  •  What does science show about  increasing hurricane intensity?
  •  What are the upper limits on hurricane strength; i.e.; is Cat. 5 high enough?
  •  How does climate change affect precipitation patterns?
  •  How does climate change affect storm surge and coastal flooding?

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April 26, 2018 - Coral Health Media Briefing

Is this the beginning of the end for our treasured coral reefs? 

Across the globe, and in Florida, coral reefs are dying from a combination of bleaching and disease that is decimating coral populations, and forever-changing the types of fish and animals that can survive in these once-iconic places.

On April 26, 2018 a Research Letter published in Nature, “Global warming transforms coral reef assemblages,” concluded the Great Barrier Reef has changed “forever” because of global warming.

Global warming is not some distant problem of the future – it is affecting us right here and now.  We are watching our most treasured natural places being destroyed right in front of our eyes.

In this Online Media Briefing, we heard from NOAA’s Coral Reef Watch Coordinator, Mark Eakin, about the post-mortem of the three-year global bleaching event that affected roughly half of the corals in the Great Barrier Reef, and how that is forever-changing the species of fish and animals that inhabit those reefs. 

Following Mark’s presentation, we heard from Florida Marine Scientist, William Precht, author of a new update on a rapidly spreading disease called the “White Plague,” which has been disastrous to Southeast Florida coral reefs.

If we are to preserve the beauty, economic and ecological contributions of our coral reefs, it is essential for us to reduce carbon pollution to safe levels now, before we lose everything.

WHO:                    

  • C. Mark Eakin, Coral Reef Watch Coordinator at the Center for Satellite Applications and Research, NOAA
  • William Precht, Coral Reef Ecologist and Marine Scientist and the Director of Marine and Coastal Programs for Dial Cordy and Associates, Inc. a Florida based ecological consulting firm. 

WHAT:                 

  • What is happening to the Great Barrier Reef and what does it mean for coral reefs worldwide? 
  • Hear an update on the diseases that are ravaging coral reefs in Southeast Florida.

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March 23, 2018 - National Snow and Ice Data Center

Sea Ice Maximum Second Lowest On Record

Scientists at the National Snow and Ice Data Center just announced the Arctic Sea Ice maximum – which is the second
lowest on record. You can see the official announcement here: http://nsidc.org/arcticseaicen

The extent of sea ice in the Arctic typically reaches its maximum for the winter in March. March of 2015, 2016 and 2017
represented three consecutive record lows.

Please click here for full press statement.


March 15, 2018 - Dr. Jennifer Francis

The Florida - Arctic Connection

A press briefing from atmospheric scientist Jennifer Francis on the Arctic meltdown and its impacts to Florida's coasts and weather

ReThink Energy Florida, in conjunction with Arctic 21, held a press briefing with Dr. Jennifer Francis to explain why Floridians should be concerned about the rapid changes scientists are observing in the Arctic.

Every year, scientists document the annual Arctic Sea Ice Extent, which has been on the decline for decades.  An announcement for the 2017-2018 sea ice extent should be made in late March.  We expect that the 2018 sea ice records will be at - or close to - a historic low.

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Half of the sea ice at our North Pole has melted in less than a generation.   

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Atmospheric scientist Jennifer Francis offered insight into how that sea ice will ultimately affect sea level rise, and Florida’s coastal communities.  

What’s more -- polar-driven changes to our jet stream can affect weather in Florida today.   Dr. Francis demonstrated how as the Arctic warms, it creates more wild oscillations of our jet stream that create extreme and unusual weather --  and more of what she called “stuck” weather. 

Floridians can be sure of one thing: what happens in the Arctic does not stay in the Arctic.   

Click here to watch the Video Recording to hear from Dr. Francis about these changes.

Click here to view the PowerPoint presentation that Dr. Francis provided during our call.