What New Sea Level Rise Projections Mean For The Florida Keys
New sea level rise projections for South Florida show an alarming trend: higher waters are coming faster than previously expected. According to the Southeast Florida Climate Compact , seas could rise between one foot and two-and-a-half feet by 2060 – two to five inches more than 2015 projections . Broward, Miami-Dade, Monroe, and Palm Beach Counties formed the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact as a way to create common strategic resiliency plans, including how high to construct buildings or elevate roads. The compact updates its sea level rise projections for the region every four years. WLRN has been asking listeners about how much the threat of rising seas plays a role in their lives. Here's some of those responses: “When I'm thinking long term about my future in Florida, that's when it it [sea level rise] kind of bubbles up in my mind," said Becky Halterman Robinson from West Palm Beach. "And so, I'm thinking, ‘I bought a home in South Florida.’ And when I think
UNICEF: Caribbean Children Bearing The Brunt Of Global Warming's Monster Storms
For years, Caribbean governments have argued their countries bear the brunt of climate change. A new U.N. study says Caribbean children may bear the worst of it.
Outside The Hype Of Miami Art Week, Local Haitian Musicians Reach Thousands of MDC Kids
With Miami Art Week in full swing, there’s a lot of art galleries and shows geared towards travelers descending upon South Florida. Some of the highlights have been a giant, contorted “Bent Pool” that arches over Pride Park, and a life-sized traffic jam sculpted out of sand near Lincoln Road. This Art Basel has also seen its share of spectators going bananas over a contemporary art installation entitled “Comedian.” It features a regular, ripening banana that was bought in a Miami grocery store and duct-taped to a wall. There are three editions of the banana-and-duct-tape ensemble on sale for around $120,000 each, according to the art gallery Perrotin. Two have already sold. But outside of the international art scene, one interactive Haitian folklore concert d ecided to focus on reaching over a thousand local Miami-Dade Public School kids instead. Local musician and singer Inez Barlatier wants her family band’s show, “Ayiti, The Pearl of Antilles,” to teach kids about traditional
Jamming With A Purpose: Local Non-Profit Uses Music To Enrich Lives Of People With Dementia
Music means a lot to Patricia R. When she sits in her chair and hears the music, she is reminded of her dad. “See, my father had a bar when I was growing up. So when they had the country music band come, he'd say to me, ‘go out and dance Pat’. And I was like, eleven, twelve years old. I used to go out there and dance,” she said. Patricia has dementia (we are not using her full name to protect her privacy). Once a week, she and other residents at her assisted living facility, The Palace Gardens in Homestead, listen to live-music and play along. “It’s fun. I’ve loved music ever since I was a little girl,” she said. Along with Patricia, thousands of people with dementia and other neurological impairments have participated in “music enrichment” sessions from Homestead to Port St. Lucie since 2014. The sessions are hosted by a local non-profit organization called Mind and Melody . “Music enrichment sessions have three basic components: trained musicians, participants and instruments,” said
Robbery Suspects, Hostage And Bystander Killed After Hijacking, Dramatic Police Chase
Armed robbers hijacked a UPS truck after a robbery in Coral Gables, leading police cars on a harrowing chase up Interstate 75 that ended Thursday night in a dramatic shootout on a busy street in Miramar.