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Floridian Scientists, Officials Call on Presidential Candidates to Debate Sea-Level Rise Threatening 40% of U.S. Population

Reducing short-lived climate pollutants can provide fast mitigation

More than a hundred scientists and government officials in Florida called on the Presidential candidates to address the danger of sea level rise at the third and final presidential debate in Boca Raton on October 22. Sea levels have already risen by nearly 8 inches on Florida’s coasts and could cost the state billions to repair and reinforce drainage, water supply systems, roads and other infrastructure to cope with the rising water. At current rates, sea level rise will increase by 50% by 2060, a conservative estimate according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

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Rainy Season Brings Improvement to Southwest Florida Region’s Water Resources

Above-normal rainfall during the summer rainy season has brought significant improvement to water resources not seen in more than seven years in the Southwest Florida Water Management District’s region.

Many of the District’s lakes, rivers and aquifers have recovered after a four-year drought which started in 2005. Rainfall totals from the four-month rainy season show above normal averages across the District.

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