On March 4, twenty one mayors from the state of Florida wrote to debate moderators demanding that they ask Republican Senator Marco Rubio a question about climate change. “It would be unconscionable,” they wrote, “for these issues of grave concern for the people of Florida to not be addressed in the upcoming debate you will be hosting in the state.”
Why are these mayors – especially the mayor from Miami – so incensed about climate change? What danger does climate change pose to their cities? Were Senator Rubio was asked about climate change, so how did he answer?
Miami, Climate Change, and Marco Rubio – today on The Context.
Want to dig deeper? Here’s more information.
These are some of my sources, plus some great articles and things that you might enjoy.
Well this is cool: NASA has a dashboard for the latest in climate change data.
And while we’re talking about data, here is some great, detailed data about sea level rise in and around Miami specifically, by the University of Miami School of Marine and Atmospheric Science.
Want the whole kitchen-sink? Read this: “Trends in Global CO2 Emissions (2015 Report)”, by the PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency and the European Commission Joint Research Center.
Excellent longform investigative journalism about Miami and Climate Change:
- “Goodbye, Miami: Why the City of Miami is Doomed to Drown” – Rolling Stone, June 20, 2013
- “Treading Water” – National Geographic, February 2015
- “The Siege of Miami” – The New Yorker, December 21, 2015
- “Can Miami Beach Survive Global Warming?” – Vanity Fair, December 2015
TIL Florida has coastal nuclear plants:
- “As Sea Levels Rise, Are Coastal Nuclear Plants Ready?” – National Geographic, December 16, 2015
From Florida Mayors to Senator Rubio:
- Letters from 21 Florida Mayors to CNN Debate Moderators – March 4, 2016
- “In Miami-Dade, GOP candidates must address climate change in debate” – Op.Ed. by Mayor Tomas Regalado of Miami and Mayor James Cason of Coral Gables. Miami Herald, March 9, 2016