Environment

MIAMI (April 13, 2017) — Since the beginning of dry season on November 1st, South Florida has only experienced 44 percent of expected rainfall for the region, which is 6.75 inches below average. For this reason, it is extremely important that Miami-Dade County residents continue to adhere to the year-round two-day a week watering restrictions.
Years – even decades – of experience has proven that sound science is essential for sound coastal management and protection. So any efforts to undercut coastal science, either by cuts in funding or a general dismissive attitude – is cause for concern. Early calls for drastic budget cuts in federal spending for crucial coastal agencies warrant the attention of coastal communities, both to support essential coastal science services at the federal level and to better understand the vital role some of these otherwise obscure agencies and programs play in protecting our coast.
It’s 2040. Miami is flooding at unprecedented rates. Some neighborhoods are impassable, with water levels at ankle height or much higher during high tides. Other areas have become ghost towns as water has engulfed entire communities…and it’s getting worse. The beginning of a horror movie? Sadly, no. This is what Miami residents can expect in less than a quarter century. In fact, many are already living in similar conditions, particularly those in low lying areas. Scientific data suggests that as the climate heats up, sea levels in Miami could rise as high as 3 feet by 2065, with catastrophic impacts.
Public Performance Event March 17 in Wynwood.  Art and science, climate change and youth, these very Miami elements make up the upcoming Art FOR the Sky "living painting" project Dale Andree's NWD Projects in association with Daniel Lewis' Miami Dance Futures, launches this winter. Working in collaboration with acclaimed photographer Daniel Dancer, who will be in residence in South Florida from March 15 through March 17, and his "Art FOR the Sky" organization, the project combines elements of visual art, dance, music and live performance to address the urgent issue of environmental degradation.
In the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy, attention has been focused on rebuilding resilient coastal systems to reduce damage from future disasters. “Resilience” has been defined in a variety of ways; in general, resilience is having the capacity to recover or bounce back from adversity and adapt to be prepared for the future.
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