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Report Paints Dire Picture

May 28th, 2008 by flanews

A coalition of environmental groups issued a report today detailing evidence of global warming that is already observable here in Florida. As Mike Vasilinda tells us, the report, titled Preparing for A Sea Change, says Florida must begin taking action now to avert disaster.

Hear it Here: Report Paints Dire Picture

Homes like this one, damaged but still standing on what is no loner dry land, a road, repaired again and again are all evidence of global warming says the report. Paul Johnson of Reef Relief says this red mangrove tree growing on the coast south of Tallahassee is proof something is amiss.

Its a rarity to find this plant here, Johnson said. Its usually found hundreds of miles to the south and west of here.

Crape Myrtles like this one arent typically in full bloom until mid-July. But heres the rub, May has been an exceptionally cool month here in North Florida.

The Florida Coastal and Ocean Coalition released a broad ranging report, calling on government to limit the use fossil fuels and more. Joe Murphy of the Gulf Restoration Network says average people have a part to play.

The first thing is as simple as voting, Murphy said. When you go to vote think about a candidates environmental record, think about where they stand on climate change.

While the coalition says time is running out to begin taking action, it also says the tide is turning.

We fuel our whole industrial, economic complex with petroleum that we dont have enough of, Johnson said. Its becoming incredibly expensive. So the economics of this are in the right direction.

The bottom line of the report: society needs to stop fighting nature and embrace it.

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