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Florida Mandates Climate Studies For Coastal Construction (1)

June 30, 2020, 2:00 PMUpdated: June 30, 2020, 6:47 PM

Florida will require state-funded construction in coastal areas to take sea level rise into account before breaking ground, marking a significant shift by a Republican-led government that balked for years at addressing the impacts of climate change on the low-lying state.

Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) signed the mandate, his office said in a statement late Monday. He signed additional bills addressing water pollution and environmental fines at an event Tuesday in Juno Beach, Fla.

But proposals to cut greenhouse gas emissions, study the health risks posed by climate change, and track spending on climate adaptation efforts failed to make waves...

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