King Tide Draws High Seas and Climate Champions to Miami Beach

Update: Photos from the 2014 King Tide Event on October 9 can be viewed here. Miami Beach will host some high profile visitors tomorrow as U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, U.S. Senator Bill Nelson (FL), and U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (RI) gather to take part in an event marking tomorrow’s King Tide, the highest tide [...]

Florida Scientists Speak with Gov. Scott about Climate Change

NOTICE: If you want to hear about the meeting from the scientists themselves, view SACE’s webinar by clicking here. If you’d like to read a similar blog in Spanish click here. Today, a group of scientists from Florida universities met with Florida’s Governor Rick Scott to present the science of climate change and its impacts on Floridians [...]

Hurricane Iselle no big deal to Hawaii’s wind farms

Iselle (2014) now joins likes of Irene (2011) and Sandy (2012), as a case study showing that wind turbines can withstand tropical storms and hurricanes. It’s been a while since the United States has been hit by a Category 3 hurricane, or higher. Let’s hope that trend continues.

Will Hurricanes Iselle and Julio Destroy Hawaii’s Wind Farms?

If Hurricanes Iselle and Julio make landfall, several wind farms will assuredly be in the storms’ paths. But, as we’ve documented with Hurricane Sandy (2012) and Hurricane Irene (2011), hurricanes rarely pose major threats to modern wind turbines. With both of those storms, no damage was reported for any wind farm on the east coast.

Today’s National Climate Assessment Provides the Latest on Climate Change

SACE staffer Jennifer Rennicks co-authored this blogpost. A new report, known as the National Climate Assessment, was released by the White House today, presenting the latest information on the state of climate science in the United States. The report, which holds significant findings both nationally and regionally for the Southeast, states clearly and simply: “Global [...]

Power Outages, Extreme Weather, and Climate Change: How Smart Energy Choices Will Help Keep the Lights On

On April 29, SACE’s High Risk Energy Program Director, Ulla Reeves presented on the topics covered in this blog to the first-ever Carolinas Climate Resilience Conference in Charlotte, NC.  This blog post was originally published on The Equation, the Union of Concerned Scientist’s blog on independent science and practical solutions by Steve Clemmer, UCS’ director [...]

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 [...]