Florida at Risk
- 20 of the top 25 cities most vulnerable to coastal flooding are in Florida, according to Climate Central.
- 22 of the top 25 cities identified by FEMA, as having socially vulnerable communities are in Florida.
- Florida’s cities, infrastructure, beachfront homes, and natural ecosystems are among the most vulnerable.
- It is estimated that sea levels along Florida’s coastline could rise an additional 9 inches to 2 feet over the next several decades.
- Climate change will impact Florida’s tourism, real estate, agriculture, and fresh water supply.
Now more than ever Florida needs to act on climate change. Understanding the economic and social impacts that Florida is facing, we are one of the most vulnerable states to climate change impacts. 2016 was the hottest year on record and 2017 Atlantic hurricane season has been one of the most active seasons on record.
With sea-level rising at an unprecedented rate, along with intensified heat, and shorter winters, Florida faces many climate disruptions that will exacerbate our quality of life.
Sea level rise
- Salt water intrusion will put our fresh drinking water at risk. Florida is made of porous limestone which means the ocean water is seeping into our freshwater aquifers.
- Coastal community infrastructure
- Increased tidal flooding as well as king tides
- Sewer systems will become more vulnerable, increasing contamination risk
- Inland areas will become more susceptible to storm surges during hurricanes
- Beach erosion
Heat & Health
- Increased health risks like heat stroke, dehydration, as well as cardiovascular, respiratory, and cerebrovascular disease.
- Increased pest infestation like mosquitoes, which can lead to more diseases such as zika, dengue, chikungunya, and west nile virus
- Drought which will affect our crops, creating food vulnerability
- Extreme weather events such as increased wildfires and intensified storms.
- Some of our most under-resourced communities are facing climate gentrification because their neighborhoods are on higher ground.
- Property developers are buying out low-income neighborhoods due to elevation, pushing out residents.
- Florida's tourism industry could lose $178 billion annually by 2100, according to The Union of Concerned Scientists.
- Cumulative costs to the US economy of response to sea level rise and flooding events could be as high as $325 billion by 2100, with $130 billion expected to be incurred just in Florida.
- Hurricane Irma cost Florida agriculture $2.5 billion in damages, according to Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.