Climate science censored in Florida

This video from the USAS says about itself:

Waterways Episode 268 – Climate Change and Sea Level Rise in South Florida

6 January 2014

Sea level rise is submerging the coastal communities of Florida, and jeopardizing investments and the state economy. Along with the personal and financial loss of property, comes a loss of habitat and wildlife. Climate change is real and is impacting the people and the landscape of south Florida. What is happening here in south Florida is happening everywhere on the planet. Half the world’s population lives within 60 miles of the coast; just about 3 to 6 feet above sea level.

In 2007, Chris Bergh of The Nature Conservancy initiated a research project to identify impacts of sea level rise in the Florida Keys. They created digital models illustrating sea level rise scenarios from 7 inches to 4.6 feet to reflect the best available range of sea level rise for the year 2100.. Directed by Erik Hutchins. Presented by Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, Everglades National Park and the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

After the censorship of science during George W Bush’s presidency in the USA … now, censorship of science in Florida, the state of George W’s little brother Jeb Bush, maybe Republican party candidate in the next US presidential election.

From daily The Independent in Britain:

Officials ‘banned’ from using ‘climate change‘ and ‘global warming‘ in flood-prone Florida

The ban was reportedly implemented even though Florida has some of the worst floods in the US

Lamiat Sabin

Monday 09 March 2015

Florida state environmental officials claim that they are banned from using the terms “climate change” and “global warming”.

The employees have also been ordered not use the word “sustainability” in official documents and communications by their seniors at the Department of Environmental Protection, according to the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting.

The unwritten policy – in a state that experiences some of the worst effects of climate change in the US – has potentially affected around 3,200 employees with a $1.4 billion budget to safeguard natural resources and enforce environmental laws.

Miami is named as one of the most vulnerable cities in the country and the fourth largest population in the world at danger of extreme weather conditions caused by rising sea levels. Heavy destructive floods are likely to escalate and continue over at least the coming decades, according to University of Miami.

“We were told not to use the terms ‘climate change,’ ‘global warming’ or ‘sustainability,’” said Christopher Byrd to the FCIP, formerly a lawyer for the DEP’s Office of General Counsel in Tallahassee. “That message was communicated to me and my colleagues by our superiors in the Office of General Counsel.”

Another former employee, Kristina Trotta, said her supervisor said during a staff meeting last year not to use the terms as they were “not allowed to discuss anything that was not a true fact.”

Last year, the worst flooding the state has seen in decades – more than two feet of water in 26 hours – ruined homes and caused the death of at least one man in Florida, who drowned after his car got stuck in rising water, as reported by CBS News.

Byrd, who worked with the government body from 2008 to 2013, added: “It’s an indication that the political leadership in the state of Florida is not willing to address these issues and face the music when it comes to the challenges that climate change present.”

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Rick Scott, Republican governor of Florida, said in 2010 that he has “not been convinced” that man-made factors have contributed to extreme weather.

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