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Tens of millions of Florida bees mysteriously drop dead in one day, beekeepers blame pesticides


(Natural News) Authorities have already ruled out disease, including the infamous “Colony Collapse Disorder” (CCD), as the cause of a recent honeybee holocaust that took place in Brevard County, Florida. The UK’s Daily Mail reports that up to 12 million bees from roughly 800 apiaries in the area all dropped dead at roughly the same time around September 26 — and local beekeepers say pesticides are likely to blame.

Seven50 Third Summit - June 19-21, 2013 - The Future In Focus - Help shape the future of Southeast Florida by weighing in on alternate scenarios for the region!

New York's Sea-Level Plan: Will It Play in Miami?

National Geographic Daily News - June 12, 2013 - Tim Folger

The Brooklyn boroughs of New York are flooded under the Manhattan Bridge as a surge of seawater is pushed into New York City by Superstorm Sandy.


A surge of seawater floods New York City streets during Superstorm Sandy, October 2012.  Photograph by Bebeto Matthews, AP Photo



Mayor Michael Bloomberg's announcement yesterday of a $19.5 billion, multidecade plan to defend New York City against rising seas and severe storms illustrated two truths that resonate far beyond his home city.

First, as the time when we could prevent dangerous climate change slips away, the time for costly investments to protect ourselves has arrived. Second, for some cities, less well situated or less wealthy than New York, protection is going to be extremely challenging—and in some cases perhaps impossible ....

Pompano Beach to Hopefully Join the Resilient Communities for America Campaign

June 17, 2013 will mark the launch of the Resilient Communities for America Campaign, organized by ICLEI, USGBC, National League of Cities, and WWF. 

On June 11, 2013, the City Commission of Pompano Beach will consider having Pompano Beach be an 'Inaugural Signatory' of the campaign.  This honor has been offered to the city of Pompano Beach based on the municipality's strong leadership in support of sustainability and climate resilience initiatives.

Click here to learn more about the program and see the attached pdfs

Learn more about the organizers by visiting:

ICLEI   USGBC   National League of Cities    WWF   

2013 Rising Seas Summit - June 18-20, 2013 - Westin Beach Resort, Fort Lauderdale, FL


The inaugural Rising Seas Summit will bring professionals from national and local government, industry, academic institutions and environmental NGOs together to highlight the interrelationships between sea level rise, climate change and extreme events.

Understanding, anticipating and adapting to water related threats is critical to national security and a stable economy. Sea level rise will continue to damage coastal ecosystems and inland water systems, and the recent catastrophic impacts of Hurricane Sandy have demonstrated the risks faced by all coastal communities on the U.S. eastern seaboard. These new environmental challenges require that stakeholders share knowledge and work together to reduce and mitigate environmental and social degradation induced by climate change.

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Miami-Dade County Updates Hurricane Evacuation Zones, Maps

As seen on Local10 news May 1, 2013

Miami-Dade hurricane map



“With hurricane season right around the corner, and with new planning and evacuation zones, we are educating and preparing our residents,” said Mayor Carlos Gimenez. “We all know the devastating impact that a storm surge can have on our homes and our safety, so riding out a storm in an evacuation zone is definitely not a good idea.”

For more information, call the Miami-Dade County Office of Emergency Management at 305-468-5403.

Click here to find out which zone you live in.

Colorado State University Team Predicts Above-Average 2013 Atlantic Hurricane Season in 30th Year of Forecasting

Courtesty of Henry Rodriguez        Released by Colorado State Universtiy     Wednesday, April 10, 2013

The Colorado State University team today predicted an above-average 2013 Atlantic basin hurricane season due primarily to anomalous warming of the tropical Atlantic and expected lack of an El Nino event.

CSU is in its 30th year of issuing Atlantic basin seasonal hurricane forecasts.

The team calls for 18 named storms during the hurricane season, which falls between June 1 and Nov. 30. Nine of those are expected to become hurricanes and four of those major hurricanes (Saffir/Simpson category 3-4-5) with sustained winds of 111 mph or greater.

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Making Communities More Resilient to Climate-Induced Weather Disasters

February 18, 2013 -                Courtesy of Samuel Bendett

Mounting scientific evidence indicates climate change will lead to more frequent and intense extreme weather that affects larger areas and lasts longer. We can reduce the risk of weather-related disasters, however, with a variety of measures. Experts say that a good strategy should include a variety of actions such as communicating risk and transferring it through vehicles such as insurance, taking a multi-hazard management approach, linking local and global management, and taking an iterative approach as opposed to starting with a master plan.

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