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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

From The Pages of Orlando Weekly: Florida will bear the brunt of climate change


The five warmest years in recorded history have been the last five. Climate change is increasingly looking irreversible. Not a day has gone by since its unveiling without news mentions of the Green New Deal. Unfortunately, President Trump, Republicans and even centrist Democrats are dismissing it as a pipe dream. It’s ironic that Republicans – both lawmakers and voters – have their heads in the sand on global warming, because the states that will be hurt worst are voting for people who are opposed to climate policy. A newly released Brookings Institution study used economic modeling to estimate climate-related losses (in dollars and deaths) state by state from 2080 to 2099. Then it compared voting records by state and found …
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New Studies show increased public concern about climate change


After yet another record-breaking season of hurricanes, flooding and fire, never have more Americans felt concern about climate change. A study by the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication found that Americans who believe that global warming is happening outnumber those who don’t by more than 5 to 1. Sixty-two percent of the public now understands that global warming is caused mostly by humans, while a record low 23 percent think it is due mostly to natural environmental changes. Separate research by the University of Chicago found a similar level of acceptance that climate change is real, but also exposed a political divide: 86 percent of Democrats polled say climate change is underway, versus 52 percent of Republicans. In Florida, …
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Cheryl Holder, an internal medicine physician and president of the Florida State Medical Association, is worried about how rising temperatures are affecting elderly patients and people with chronic heart and lung conditions. (Photo by Kate Stein/WLRN.)
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Temperatures In Florida Are Rising. For Vulnerable Patients, That Can Be Life-Threatening


On a hot day in September, Charlene Jones celebrated her 61st birthday by herself. The former nursing-home cook made herself a birthday dinner of turkey and dressing, macaroni and cheese, string beans and butter pound cake. She ate it alone, in a dim apartment in an affordable housing complex in Miami’s West Little River neighborhood. “I wanted to be home,” Jones said. “I don’t really like being out.”
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