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UTAH - United States scientists recently discovered 33 new species of what they describe as “monstrous-looking predatory” ants in the Caribbean and Central America. The University of Utah biologist, who identified the insects, named about a third of them after ancient Mayan lords and demons. According to entomologist Jack Longino, the new ant species are “the stuff of nightmares when viewed under a microscope.

The recent anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, which fell in the vicinity of a new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), inspired some thoughtful discussion about coastal concerns, the future and what we all should be doing about them. Unfortunately, it also inspired a few issuances from the usual suspects who use any excuse to beat the drum for their favorite (and deeply flawed) answers to every coastal problem… even some we didn’t know existed.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Tides and Currents data predicts that the South East Florida Region will experience unusually high tides again this fall. Tides are predicted to be at their highest on November 3rd through November 6th, November 15th, and December 3rd through December 6th.  These high tide events are expected to be 7’’ to 10” above the average high tides for 2013 during these dates (see chart below). Tidal fluctuations are a natural occurrence and typically go unnoticed. However extreme tide events such as these can potentially impact drainage systems and may cause flooding in low lying areas.

Town Hall is free and members of the public are encouraged to participate.

Members of Congress and southeast Florida leaders will discuss sea level rise and climate change at a Coastal Communities Town Hall on Thursday, November 7, at 7 p.m., at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale, during the Fifth Annual Regional Climate Leadership Summit.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will feature a discussion of local impacts of sea level rise, public perceptions of climate issues and possible solutions. The participants include: