Climate Change Signs Abound, Locals Say

Nov 30, 2012

With its low-level waterfront communities, South Florida is particularly vulnerable to climate change. 

But perhaps no area is more vulnerable than the Florida Keys.

James from Cudjoe Key tells us that a nature trail he has walked for 10 years is now regularly flooded, even at low tide.  Here is a photo he sent us:

Climate Change? James' walking trail in the Keys is frequently flooded these days.
Credit James Lowry

While much has been written about the danger to South Florida caused by rising water levels, Pamela from Miami points out that Miami should pay attention to its air:   

I have lived in Miami for 10 years now. Used to see smoggy skies 4 or 5 times a year. I lived in Chile and Mexico, so I know what smog looks like. I have been seeing a smoggy brown layer each morning as I look North out my 31st floor window on Brickell. I find it appalling that there is no vehicle inspection here.

Others point out that climate changes that people may attribute to recent human activity have happened before.  Arnold from Miami Shores writes:

Climate is the long-term accumulation of weather. Fact is that climate change has occurred…throughout history. The difference now, as opposed to say 100 years ago, is that the world is so much more industrialized….In today's world the effects of climate change will probably be enormous. Humankind probably can't do much about it now except to curtail or entirely stop activities that exacerbate the inevitable forces of nature...but humankind won't, will it?

Tweet us @WLRN or email us with photos showing the changes you’ve seen in your community or how climate change has affected you.  These responses came through The Public Insight Network.  Join the PIN and help us tell the stories that affect South Florida.