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Top scientists say climate change has irreversibly impacted Florida

Cars are stranded at the intersection of SW 13th Street and Brickell Avenue on Monday, November 9, 2020 with rains cause by Tropical Storm Eta.
Al Diaz
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Miami Herald
Climate change impacts aren’t news to resident of the Sunshine State. Pictured: Cars stranded at the intersection of SW 13th Street and Brickell Avenue on Monday, November 9, 2020 with rains cause by Tropical Storm Eta.

Unchecked climate change has already changed Florida permanently and irreversibly — and the world has a limited window to stop it from getting worse, according to a new global report from the world’s top scientists.

“The scientific evidence is unequivocal: climate change is a threat to human well-being and the health of the planet. Any further delay in concerted global action will miss a brief and rapidly closing window to secure a livable future,” says the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report, released on Monday.

The nearly 2,000-page report had a global focus, but Florida was repeatedly used as an example of a place where the impacts of climate change were already being felt, both economically and environmentally.

Read more from our news partner at The Miami Herald.