Thursday, April 27, 2017

Hitting bottom

Study: Florida Keys erosion, sea rise threaten coasts

A diver explores coral in John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park. Scientists say the sea floor in parts of the region has eroded over the last eight decades. (Miami Herald)

Miami Herald

Tampa Bay Times

In a study published in the journal Biogeosciences, a team from the U.S. Geological Survey documented a dramatic erosion of the sea floor around coral reefs in the Florida Keys, ranging from a few inches to nearly 3 feet since the 1930s. Combined with sea rise, the disappearing bottom means the hazards facing coasts — storm surge from hurricanes and erosion from everyday waves — will likely be worse than projected. Read more in Top Stories.


House bill could undo Everglades reservoir plan

Palm Beach Post

More money would be set aside for Florida land conservation under a House bill rolled out Monday, with some environmentalists contending the proposal could hinder Senate President Joe Negron’s push to speed construction of a water-cleaning reservoir in the Everglades. House Government Accountability Chairman Matt Caldwell, however, rejected that notion.


Maps show why Houston is flooding more often

Houston Chronicle

As Houstonians struggle with the increased rates of flooding, they too wonder if the city is victim to the changing climate. While some scientists seem sure that rising temperatures are to blame for the above-average flooding, officials in Harris County and Houston aren't convinced. A deep data dive details how political officials and scientists view Houston's flooding in relation to climate change.