Soggy in Sochi: The End of the Winter Olympics As We Know It?

Before the 2014 Winter Olympic Games began, Russia pledged that Sochi would be the greenest Olympic Games in history, promising green building standards for Olympic facilities and a “zero waste” policy, and even going so far as to suggest that Sochi would be the first carbon neutral Games in history. The Russian Olympic Committee did [...]

Hold Candidates Accountable on Climate

The Tampa Bay Times ran some excellent coverage last week on the issue of climate change in the special election for Florida’s 13th Congressional District.   While climate change and sea level rise are ever-present issues in coastal Florida, the recent reporting was in response to a newly released study published in the journal Geophysical Research [...]

How the Polar Vortex is Fueled by and a Threat to Our Energy Infrastructure

“More and more Arctic sea ice is melting during summer months. The more ice that melts, the more the Arctic Ocean warms. The ocean radiates much of that excess heat back to the atmosphere in winter, which disrupts the polar vortex. Data taken over the past decade indicate that when a lot of Arctic sea ice disappears in the summer, the vortex has a tendency to weaken over the subsequent winter, if related atmospheric conditions prevail over the northern Atlantic Ocean.”

Four Ways Your Actions Can Help Combat Sea Level Rise

This post is the fifth and final in a five part blog series on sea level rise, being developed concurrent with the new IPCC climate report, Florida Atlantic University’s Sea Level Rise Summit in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Oct. 16 – 17, and the anniversary of Hurricane Sandy’s landfall on Oct. 29. You can read the other [...]

Superstorm Sandy’s warning about our future

This is a guest post by Frank Knapp, President and CEO of the South Carolina Small Business Chamber of Commerce (SCSBC). This was originally posted on the SCSBC blog, UnConflicted, here. Today is the one year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy that devastated the New York and New Jersey coastal communities.  Sandy wasn’t a hurricane [at [...]

What’s Up With Sea Level Rise?

This post is the first in a five part blog series on sea level rise, being developed concurrent with the new IPCC climate report, Florida  Atlantic University’s Sea Level Rise Summit in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Oct. 16 – 17, and the anniversary of Hurricane Sandy’s landfall on Oct. 29. See the whole series here. The topic [...]

Building Community Resiliency for Hurricane Season

This Saturday marks the beginning of hurricane season, the six month period between June 1 and November 30 that typically ushers in the bulk of Atlantic hurricanes.  The season’s opening day is a good opportunity to reflect on the significance of hurricanes, climate change, and what our role is in it all. With freak storms [...]

Global Warming Makes Allergies Worse

Spring seems to finally be here!  The birds are chirping, the bees are humming, and depending on who you ask, the pollen is floating in the air like a thick fog of misery.  Allergy season is in full swing in the Southeast and if your town looks anything like my back yard in Charleston, you [...]

56 Floridians Travel to Washington D.C. for Massive Rally for Presidential Action on Climate Crisis

“Forward on Climate” rally, expected to draw 20,000 Americans, will be largest climate rally ever.    UPDATE:  35,000-40,000 participated–it was an exciting and inspiring day!  Look for follow-up post soon. On Sunday, February 17, fifty-six people of all ages from North Florida will be in Washington, D.C. to join a massive rally calling on President [...]

Moving Forward on Climate This Sunday

This Sunday, February 17, will see the largest climate rally in history.  More than 20,000 participants are expected to gather on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., to send a strong message to President Obama that urgent action to address climate change is necessary.  Dubbed the Forward on Climate rally, the event has come from [...]