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Copyright 2014, Steven Godfrey

Miami Beach represents “ground zero” for climate change and sea level rise. Optimists say that vulnerable cities in South Florida will adapt and persevere. Many areas in South Florida are already equipped with pumps to move water out of the streets during high tides and “sunny day flooding.” Some experts say that we must build above the water to survive, the way Venice has done. Others fear that Miami Beach is doomed to wash away. Tom Ashbrook discussed South Florida’s ongoing battle against rising seas during NPR’s On Point, featuring FIU’s Henry Briceño (23:30). Listen to the full story here.

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