In Florida, climate change and sea level rise is here, now, and very real. Sea level rose 8-9 inches in Florida over the last 100 years, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers projects another 9-24 inches of sea level rise by 2060.
We are already feeling the impacts of sea level rise, including more flooding, salt-water intrusion into drinking water wells, warmer and more acidic oceans, and more frequent and intense storms. Cities and counties are looking at billions of dollars in expenditures to deal with the rising waters.
On Oct. 11, more than 120 Floridians with sea level rise expertise— scientists, engineers, city and county officials, and others — sent a letter to the presidential candidates urging them to discuss how they will address rising sea levels that threaten the state.
With 40 percent of the population and housing units at risk from sea level rise here in Florida, we deserve to know how President Obama and Governor Romney would help local communities deal with sea level rise and other consequences of climate change.
I urge both candidates to address this issue as they campaign in Florida.
Port St Joe