Florida scientists say Governor Scott should engage more on climate solutions

Florida Governor Rick Scott (2012). - Credit: Janelle Irwin/WMNF News.

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This week scientists from around Florida met with Governor Rick Scott to warn him about the dangers the state is facing because of climate change; several of those scientists told the media about what they shared with the governor during a webinar Thursday.

Florida State University oceanographer Jeff Chanton says he advised Governor Scott that Florida faces unprecedented temperatures and sea levels because of skyrocketing carbon dioxide levels.

A Paleoclimatologist from St. Petersburg’s Eckerd College, David Hastings, says despite dire predictions, there are things Governor Scott can do to reduce the effects and severity of climate disruption.

Some of the solutions Hastings suggested are implementing energy efficiency strategies, developing renewable energy and especially closing coal-fired power plants. But he says the governor did not indicate what he is willing to do to combat climate change.

The webinar was organized by the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy and also featured an atmospheric scientist from the University of Miami.