A group of 42 scientists from Florida universities submitted a joint letter on Thursday urging Governor Rick Scott and other state leaders to participate in a summit this fall to seek solutions for climate change.
The group plans to host a conference of state and national policymakers and scientists Oct. 6 in Tampa, along with engineers and entrepreneurs who have "job-creating solutions."
Scott, who is a Republican, has come under fire from environmentalists for not taking stronger action over sea level rise and climate change.
Scott is running for re-election in November in a closely watched race against ex-Governor Charlie Crist, a Republican turned Democrat who is a firm believer in man-made global warming.
In a meeting Scott held last month with a small group of climate scientists, the governor declined to take a position on global warming but said he was interested in solutions.
A spokeswoman for Scott welcomed the summit but did not say if he would attend.
"We think it's a great idea for them to have a summit ... and we look forward to reading their report," said Jackie Schutz.
The letter was signed by scientists from six state universities, the University of Miami and Eckerd College. The scientists cited a recent National Climate Assessment that found Florida "exceptionally vulnerable" to sea level rise, extreme weather and lack of fresh water.
"It is crucial for policymakers to understand that human activity is affecting the composition of the atmosphere," the scientists wrote.
"There is a clear need to develop a state plan to both mitigate and adapt to the threats to Florida's communities, businesses, tourism industry and protect the state's economic well-being," they added.
Bad for the economy in the winter.
Scientists now believe that global warming is to blame for extreme cold snaps in North America during the winter months – and that it will only keep happening.
The "polar vortex" that plunged Canada and the U.S. into historical cold last winter is said by researchers to have occurred because melting polar ice changes weather patterns, according to a study published earlier this month.
A team of Korean and American scientists asserted in a new study that the melting ice causes the northern jet stream (upper level air flow) to shift south and bring polar air with it.
The polar ice is melting because warmer water is riding the Gulf Stream (ocean currents) from tropical regions of the Atlantic Ocean to an area north of Scandinavia.
He finally figured it out. How long ill it take for the rest?
Not only do they agree it is real they agree it is caused by man.
You don't seem to be addressing the part Boehner plays. Tell me what has been ignored while he played golf. Who has effected more government in the past 6 years, the House or the Whitehouse?
Obama has played more golf than any president in history:
This isn't even close to being true. Now, there's no question that he plays on a regular basis: 104 rounds from January 2009 through Aug. 4 of this year, the last time he played, according to Mark Knoller, the longtime White House correspondent for CBS Radio. That puts him about in the middle when compared with other duffers-in-chief. It's less than Bill Clinton, and a lot less than Dwight Eisenhower, who played more than 800 rounds over eight years — four times as often as Obama plays.
And why is it an outrage if the president, who heads one of three branches of government, golfs 104 times in three-and-a-half-years, but the head of another branch of government, the Speaker of the House, plays four times as much? You heard correctly: John Boehner once told Golf Digest that he plays upwards of 100 rounds a year. Seems like a double standard, no?
Erazor, Obama has not proposed attacking Syria. Little Z just had them confused with ISIS in Syria and now is using his mistake to deny the allies whom you are referring to that have agreed to help fight ISIS. Of course he also is so geographically challenged that he doesn't realize Australia being a continent does not mean it is also not an island and a country.
Where did you say anything about countries? You just ask for Allies willing to attack Syria. If you were more articulate then you could expect more concise answers. Since when has Obama wanted to attack Syria? All he wants to do is attack ISIS in Syria. You only frame your missives to misrepresent the facts so why should anyone treat them as anything but a basis for humor. Certainly no one should take anything you post as serious.
Lindsay Graham, John McCain, Ted Cruz.........Sheriff Joe, Rush Limbaugh,
The latest numbers come from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which polled more than 27,000 people during the first three months of the year. Forty-one million U.S. residents, or 13.1 percent, were uninsured during the quarter when benefits started to kick in for people who signed up for coverage into private insurance or Medicaid via the Obamacare exchanges or elsewhere.
That's the lowest number and percentage of uninsured people since the CDC started using this version of its survey in 1997. It's also down 3.8 million people and 1.3 percentage points from the end of 2013.
Earth's protective ozone layer is beginning to recover, largely because of the phase-out since the 1980s of certain chemicals used in refrigerants and aerosol cans, a U.N. scientific panel reported Wednesday in a rare piece of good news about the health of the planet.
Scientists said the development demonstrates that when the world comes together, it can counteract a brewing ecological crisis.
For the first time in 35 years, scientists were able to confirm a statistically significant and sustained increase in stratospheric ozone, which shields the planet from solar radiation that causes skin cancer, crop damage and other problems.
From 2000 to 2013, ozone levels climbed 4 percent in the key mid-northern latitudes at about 30 miles up, said NASA scientist Paul A. Newman. He co-chaired the every-four-years ozone assessment by 300 scientists, released at the United Nations.
"It's a victory for diplomacy and for science and for the fact that we were able to work together," said chemist Mario Molina. In 1974, Molina and F. Sherwood Rowland wrote a scientific study forecasting the ozone depletion problem. They won the 1995 Nobel Prize in chemistry for their work.
The ozone layer had been thinning since the late 1970s. Man-made chlorofluorocarbons, called CFCs, released chlorine and bromine, which destroyed ozone molecules high in the air. After scientists raised the alarm, countries around the world agreed to a treaty in 1987 that phased out CFCs. Levels of those chemicals between 30 and 50 miles up are decreasing.
And why? Because it is melting off of the continent of course .Didn't they teach you anything in those chinese schools?
Probably was true for most people. What Will ObamaCare Cost Me?
ObamaCare will cost most of us between 3% and 9.5% of our income after cost assistance. Cost assistance is given to low-to-middle income Americans who shop on the Health Insurance Marketplace (an online marketplace for insurance that is established by ObamaCare.) Due to cost assistance the average premium of a plan purchased on the marketplace during ObamaCare's first open enrollment period was $82 after cost assistance. See our guide to learn more about signing up for ObamaCare.
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Here are some quick bullet points on the cost of ObamaCare:
• ObamaCare is slang for our new health care law the Affordable Care Act or ACA for short. The law doesn't sell health insurance, it just creates a marketplace for Americans to buy regulated, subsidized private insurance..