Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Miami Dade County Clerk Harvey Ruvin and the Gang Talk About.... by Geniusofdespair

If I could, I would have a pet pink flamingo instead of my virtual dog/cat Smokey. They take my breath away (Smokey not so much). I took this picture, well I took all the pictures.
The County's Sea Level Rise Task Force, headed by County Clerk Harvey Ruvin and the brainchild of Rebeca Sosa, is now in the planning stage. If I said this in the title your eyes would glaze over so I tried to trick you. They have a July deadline to figure out what, if anything, can be done about the 3 feet of sea level rise predicted by 2100. That prediction comes from Swiss Re an insurance reinsurer. Lets face it, if Floridians can't get insurance we are pretty much toast. If insurers believe there is sea level rise it doesn't matter if you do. They set the price, they are in control. According to the Miami Herald:

Parts of Florida could become uninsurable with seas projected to rise three feet by 2100, an insurance analyst with Swiss Re, the world’s second largest reinsurer, testified at a Senate field hearing on sea rise in Miami Beach last week. In February, another Swiss Re expert told Ruvin’s task force that $6.4 billion in global losses from weather events were reported in the 1980s compared with $40 billion between 2000 and 2010. By taking steps to shore up infrastructure and incorporate climate change in planning, about $30 billion in losses projected for 2050 could be avoided, the expert said.

Miami Beach is ground zero for sea level rise. It is bubbling up from underground. I took these pictures of a Flamingo and a Flying Spoonbill to try to get you to read this article. I love pink birds, they have nothing to do with the article.

Spoonbill Flying in Palm Beach

Miami Dade County's Sea Level Rise Task Force

Read the reports from the presentations at the last meeting (lots of pictures so don't despair.) You can manage it.

Report 1
Report 2


Anonymous said...

lets get ready to spend billions of dollars.....all because of this joke called global warming.

Geniusofdespair said...

Why is it I get all the idiots commenting?

Anonymous said...

99 percent of the world's climate scientists disagree with the anon commenter, who my guess is just some cranky ole cracker.

Anonymous said...

"The good thing about science is that its true whether or not you believe in it." -- Neil Degrasse Tyson.

If you don't believe in science, then look at what the insurers are saying. They are already adapting their policies based on the knowledge that sea level is coming, and if we don't do anything about it, will make south Florida largely uninhabitable.

miaexile said...

there are days when i think the best possible future for south florida is seeing it disappear under water..it will make for a helluva dive destination

Anonymous said...

miaexile, I'm with you. G.o.d., you had me at "pink bird".

Malagodi said...

Miami, the Metropolis, was a mistake.

Everybody makes mistakes.

Maybe it's time to move on (or away.)