Environment

MIAMI — A single fungal disease has wiped out at least 90 species of amphibians and had devastating effects on hundreds more, making it the most costly disease to biodiversity on the planet.

The fruit of a ten year study in Belize, malacologists Dan and Judy Dourson, along with Ron Caldwell, have discovered 17 species of land snails in Belize. These newly-identified species were named in honor of Belizeans who have contributed significantly to conservation in Belize, or, who have deep ties to the country.

Despite Florida’s vulnerability to climate change, a policy of inaction at the state level has left residents to their own devices. WMFE 90.7 environmental reporter Amy Green, Florida Center for Investigative Reporting Executive Director Trevor Aaronson, journalist Tristram Korten and FIU research professor Dr. Randall Parkinson sat on a panel in the WMFE studio to discuss the consequences of climate change here in the Sunshine State.

Miami, FL – Mayor Francis Suarez and City leaders marked a major milestone in Miami’s long-term climate resilience efforts today when they broke ground on the first Miami Forever Bond program project to combat sea-level rise and flooding. The Fairview Flood Mitigation project – with its’ focus on reducing flooding in a bayfront neighborhood – is a fitting start to the $400-million Miami Forever Bond program that Miami voters approved in November 2017. Miami Forever aims to make Miami the most resilient city in the world through innovative infrastructure investments and is being led by the City’s Office of Capital Improvements.

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