Climate Change

Earth's climate is changing. Temperatures are rising, snow and rainfall patterns are shifting, and more extreme climate events – like more powerful hurricanes, heavy rainstorms, and record high temperatures – are already happening. Many of these observed changes are linked to the rising levels of heat-trapping carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases (GHGs) in our atmosphere and are caused by human activities. 

Ecosystems are resilient and adaptive, but the climate is changing at a rate that makes it difficult for plant and animal species to keep up. Many species of birds and other animals are being forced out of their habitat ranges and, in the long-term, face extinction. 

What affects our ecosystems also affects our communities. Sea-level rise, hurricanes, and higher air temperatures all have serious consequences for people, their homes, and the economy.

The good news is we have solutions. Audubon Florida is working to reduce the state’s carbon footprint and save taxpayer dollars by improving energy efficiency, helping make our coastal areas more resilient, and inspiring citizens to work with their elected officials to expand renewable energy sources.

  1. Protecting and Restoring Natural Resources: By protecting existing wetlands and green spaces and restoring others, we can have cleaner water and air, preserve homes for birds, protect against sea-level rise and storm surge, sequester carbon, absorb floodwaters, and provide relief in urban heat islands. 
  2. Reducing Greenhouse Gases (GHGs): By reducing the heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere, we give birds, and ourselves, more time to adapt to the climate impacts already coming down the pipeline and prevent more severe impacts. 
  3. Increasing Energy Efficiency: By conserving energy and water in our homes, businesses, and communities, we can reduce GHGs emitted by energy production and create savings by lowering energy and water bills. 

Read through our complete climate priorities in the most recent Audubon Florida Conservation Action Agenda

Much of the progress at local levels is driven by individual Floridians. Protect the birds that we love by learning more about our climate advocacy work.

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Make sure the local government response to sea level rise helps Florida's coastal wildlife.

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America’s Bird Species Threatened by Global Warming ‘Gut Punch,’ New Audubon Study Reveals
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America’s Bird Species Threatened by Global Warming ‘Gut Punch,’ New Audubon Study Reveals

Florida’s habitats are projected to be a climate stronghold for the continent’s birds

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South Florida Audubon Society Engages Volunteers in Coastal Resilience Project
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South Florida Audubon Society Engages Volunteers in Coastal Resilience Project

Both the Breakers and FPL have adopted a dune.

Warming Waters Responsible for Shifting Nest Dates in American Crocodiles
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Warming Waters Responsible for Shifting Nest Dates in American Crocodiles

A long-term study in Florida Bay concludes that crocodile eggs in the Everglades have hatched an average of 1.5 days earlier every two years since 1983.

SEFL Regional Climate Leadership Summit Focuses on Energy Efficiency, Sea Level Rise, and Courageous Communication
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SEFL Climate Leadership Summit

Audubon staff at the SEFL Climate Leadership Summit share some of the takeaways from this annual event.

U.S. Rep. Castor & Audubon Florida Sound Alarm on the Climate Crisis’ Impact on North American Birds
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U.S. Rep. Castor & Audubon Florida Sound Alarm on the Climate Crisis’ Impact on North American Birds

Rising temperatures put 389 North American bird species on the brink of extinction.

Miami-Dade County Moves Forward with Electric Bus Systems
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Miami-Dade County Moves Forward with Electric Bus Systems

On Thursday October 3, 2019 the Miami-Dade County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the purchase of 33 battery-electric buses and charging systems for the Miami-Dade County Department of Transportation and Public Works.

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