Hi! My name is Ms. McCullagh. I will continue to post nature related photos and videos on this great outlet - thank you, Earthwatch! I traveled with Earthwatch to Maryland to study Climate Change and Fragmented Forests at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center.

Friday, December 11, 2009

South Florida and rising sea level threat



South Florida and rising sea level threat - NPR broadcast on Friday, 11 December at http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=120498442

We in South Florida would feel the effects of rising sea levels. The newscast provides descriptions of what the Keys and South Florida would look like with a sea level rise of 2-5 feet... scary information!

You will also want to check out the Interactive "Rising Temperatures, Disappearing Coastlines" map at http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=121197147&ps=rs There goes my neighborhood!

After you listen to the newscast and examine the interactive map, what are your thoughts? Do you live in an area that would be under water? Are there actions you can take?

Thanks Gus O: “After listening to the audio on the rising sea levels, I have become more and more concerned about the state of Florida. It is difficult to imagine that in a few years the keys will be non-existent and Dade and Broward county will be under water. This causes a great amount of concern for me because my area would greatly be affected by this massive flood. Options to counter this mass flood are raising roads and counter global warming as a whole.”

Thanks Dan P: “It's a scary thought that in 100 years that a big part of Florida is going to be under water, if sea levels keep rising. It is a really big problem, Climate change is causing the sea levels to rise at a greater rate. It is a lot scarier when you live in the area that would be affected by rises in the sea level. I live right in the predicted area that would be under water. There are a few actions we all could take. The article mentioned driving hybrids, and being more aware of what we are doing to the environment. Global warming is causing the sea levels to go up at a faster rate, it is necessary that we do more things to help lower or emissions and try to slow the process of the sea levels rising.”


Thanks Nick P: “As scientists do further research, they have found that the sea level has been rising ever since the last ice age. Now the sea level is rising at a much greater rate. With global warming and the fact that we are a peninsula, rising sea level are posing a much greater threat. Politicians are even proposing legislation to prepare for the consequences of rising oceans. I live in the area that would be under water, as well as most if not all of the people that I know. Hypothetically, all of Miami would be under water. Leaders in the community have proposed plans to create building codes that would require higher foundations. As residents of the community we can focus on protecting our environment and doing whatever we can to prevent global warming which would raise sea levels.”

Thanks Cameron C:” If Greenland and Antarctica were to in fact melt, I would be under water. It's this type of information that we need to spread to people to let them know that Global Warming is NOT A MYTH. I can help the situation by organizing or taking part in beach cleanups, or any other activity that could help clean up the global warming mess we are in.”

1 Comments:

At December 12, 2009 at 12:11 PM , Blogger Cameron said...

If Greenland and Antarctica were to in fact melt, I would be under water. It's this type of information that we need to spread to people to let them know that Global Warming is NOT A MYTH. I can help the situation by organizing or taking part in beach cleanups, or any other activity that could help clean up the global warming mess we are in. Thanks Mrs. McCullagh

 

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