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Climate change leads to extreme weather for most Floridians, new study finds

Image: Photo via Adobe Images: Hurricanes Irma, Jose and Katia in the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean

A new study shows that the vast majority of Floridians have experienced extreme weather events associated with climate change, like hurricanes, hot weather and flooding.

It also shows that more Floridians want the state to protect against future events, rather than invest in clean energy. 

The study was produced by Harvard University, in partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and NPR.

Attitudes expressed in the study appear to support Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration’s focus on resilience projects. Alonzo Plough is with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. 

“The bottom line is, how can we connect this recognition that those impacts of extreme weather events are related to climate change. If climate change is human-caused, then we can do something about it collectively.” 

DeSantis has done little to move the state toward cleaner energy sources. Nearly a quarter of Floridians say extreme weather events have caused serious financial hardship. 

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Amy Green covers the environment and climate change at WMFE News. She is an award-winning journalist and author whose extensive reporting on the Everglades is featured in the book MOVING WATER, published by Johns Hopkins University Press, and podcast DRAINED, available wherever you get your podcasts. Amy’s ... Read Full Bio »