Press Releases

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.