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New Climate Science Report Warns of Increased Risk, Need for Action

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change officially released its latest report on global warming yesterday. The report adds to the ever-growing body of evidence that action on to limit carbon pollution is urgently needed – and without it, risk to future generations will only continue to grow.

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Clean Energy Is Cutting Carbon, But Florida Lags

With South Florida “ground zero” when it comes to some of the worst impacts of global warming, from rising seas to disappearing Everglades, Congressional delegates Frankel and Murphy, along with local elected leaders, joined Environment Florida Research & Policy Center today to call for more state and national action in the fight to cut carbon pollution. Speakers gathered at Florida Atlantic University’s Pine Jog Environmental Education Center to release a new report, Moving America Forward, that highlight’s the impact of the Clean Cars Program and other measures that have helped Florida reduce its emissions.

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Florida Ranks 3rd for Global Warming Pollution from Power Plants

TAMPA, FL– On the heels of increasingly severe weather events, a new report from Environment Florida Research & Policy Center finds that Florida ranks 3rd in the country for most carbon pollution from power plants, the state’s largest single source of global warming pollution. Scientists predict that extreme weather events will become more frequent and severe for future generations without action to reduce the carbon pollution fueling the problem.

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Sunshine State Lags Behind Leading Solar States, Ranking 16th in Solar Per Capita Gainesville is a Bright Spot

Tallahassee, Fla. – Environment Florida Research & Policy Center released Lighting the Way: What We Can Learn from America’s Top 12 Solar States, a new report highlighting a solar energy boom across the country. The report outlines the 12 states with the most solar per capita.  Despite being the Sunshine State, Florida ranks only 16th in the nation for per capita solar installed through 2012. Last year, solar capacity in Florida grew by 13% bringing it to a total of 186 megawatts through the end of 2012. 

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Energy Efficient Buildings Would Reduce Global Warming Pollution, Save Florida Families $590 Annually

Florida families could save $590 every year on their electricity bills by 2030 if the government invests in the energy efficiency of our buildings today, according to a new report by Environment Florida. Saving energy in our buildings would also help Florida’s fight against global warming, reducing global warming pollution from buildings by 35 percent—the equivalent of taking 12.6 million cars off the road or shutting down 15 coal-fired power plants.

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Obama Administration to Protect Americans' Health by Setting Carbon Pollution Standardsfor New Power Plants

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today proposed historic new limits on carbon pollution from new power plants.  Carbon pollution fuels global warming, which leads to poor air quality that triggers asthma attacks and other respiratory problems.  Scientists also predict that global warming will lead to more devastating floods, more deadly heat waves and the spread of infectious diseases. Coal-fired power plants are the largest single source of carbon pollution in the U.S., yet there are currently no federal limits on this pollution from power plants.  The standard proposed today will correct that for new power plants by limiting their emissions of carbon pollution.

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Fossil Fuel Stranglehold on Climate in Congress Need Not Thwart U.S. Progress

Despite the political dominance of fossil fuel interests and their effective veto of any progress on energy and climate policy in Congress, the U.S. can dramatically reduce global warming emissions, according to a study released today by Environment Florida Research and Policy Center.

Environment Florida Research and Policy Center was joined today by Representative Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda and students Cornerstone Learning Community to release an analysis showing that local governments and states, with an assist from federal agencies, can cut carbon pollution dramatically by 2030.  Moncrief provided the following statement: Despite the political dominance of fossil fuel interests and their effective veto of any progress on energy and climate policy in the U.S. Congress, the U.S. can and must dramatically reduce global warming emissions. We’re here today to show why Florida has a very important role to play in this critical moment.

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New Data Shows Florida Power Plants Emit 15th Most Mercury Pollution Nationally

Florida’s power plants emit more mercury pollution than power plants in 35 other states, according to brand new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) data outlined in Environment Florida’s latest report, America’s Biggest Mercury Polluters. The report found that in total, power plants in Florida emitted 1,522 pounds of mercury pollution in 2010. Environment Florida’s report comes as EPA is set to finalize a standard to limit mercury and other toxic air pollution from power plants next month.

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New Solar Jobs Census 2011 Shows Solar Jobs in Florida on the Rise

The Solar Foundation has released its second annual review of the solar workforce, in a report titled “National Solar Jobs Census 2011:  A Review of the U.S. Solar Workforce.”  The report finds that more than 100,000 Americans are now working in the U.S. Solar Industry, and that number is on the rise throughout the U.S. and in Florida.  The solar industry has added jobs over the last year at a faster rate than the general economy, and that trend is projected to continue.

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New Report: Pensacola, Orlando and Tampa/St. Petersburg Named Smoggiest Metropolitan Areas in the State

Today Environment Florida released a new report showing that Pensacola, Orlando, and Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater rank as the top three smoggiest metropolitan area in the State.  Smog is a harmful air pollutant that leads to asthma attacks and exacerbates respiratory illnesses, especially among children and the elderly. The new report, Danger in the Air: Unhealthy Air Days in 2010 and 2011 ranks cities in Florida and across the country for the number of days when the air was unhealthy to breathe due to smog pollution last year and this summer.