USA TODAY: Miami is hot spot for climate change


Miami is hot spot for climate change

Miami and other parts of south Florida, where streets routinely flood at lunar high tides, comprise one of the nation’s most vulnerable hot spots for climate change. “It’s remarkable. We get calls from people asking: “It didn’t rainm so why is my street underwater?'” says Broward County Commissioner Kristin Jacobs, noting the region’s decades-old system to drain water is now causing it to bubble back up. “I have a photo of a man swimming — doing the backstroke — in his cul de sac,” she says, adding that 30% of her county — just north of Miami — is 5 feet or fewer above sea level. Jacobs attended the White House’s release Tuesday of the National Climate Assessment, a massive study by scientists that finds rising temperatures are already affecting the United States. It notes climate impacts vary by region and says Miami — along with New Orleans, Tampa, Charleston, S.C., and Virginia Beach — is most at risk for sea-level rise.

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