In Florida, there are many things that are certain. There are always hot days, there is traffic on the Interstate, and there is a looming fear of how climate change will affect the way of life. In Miami, there is a surge in urgency for dealing with the rising concerns of climate change. One of them is the danger of the 8,500-mile Floridian coastline that will inevitably erode over the next two decades. That includes most of South Florida and all the Keys. This undoubtedly makes Miami the most vulnerable coastal city in the United States, and quite possibly the world. It is projected that there will be an elevation of 8 to 12 inches in water levels between the two most densely populated counties in Florida. The first being in Miami, (Miami-Dade County), and the other in the Tampa Bay region.
The governor of Florida has taken steps to reduce the effects of climate change by implementing policies like stricter rules on emissions, as well as adding more incentives for utility companies to switch from coal to natural gas. That being said, it does not deter the impact that climate change has already had on the environment in Florida. It is stated that even if we were to cut out emissions entirely as of now, the foregoing effects of greenhouse gases will be felt for years to come. However, the state is still taking measures to be better prepared for a future that is hopefully less harsh than what has been estimated.