Beach replenishment- climate infrastructure can do more than protect

  Artificially enhanced beaches are a very real and viable alter- native to disappearing coastlines. Man-made beaches involve extending the existing beach or creating a new coastline. Mate- rials matching the local character (e.g. appropriate consistency of sand and native tree species) are used to give the appearance of a…

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Mangrove replenishment- our first line of defense is a natural one

As a Native Florida species, mangroves have immense potential in mitigating sea level rise and minimizing the effects of storm surge. While many coastal communities are looking towards sea walls and other methods of constructed protection, mangroves provide a natural barrier to swells and rising waters. Mangroves typically have roots…

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On-site energy generation- everyone can play a part in energy creation

  Methods of small-scale energy production have advanced dramatically since the introduction of the first solar panels. In high-density locations, solar water heating systems take up very little room and improve efficiency, reducing energy costs. Suburban homes can use more advanced solar panels, and may be able to receive tax…

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Native & drought tolerant vegetation- conserve water

In regions already facing water shortages, heavy landscaping poses a significant problem. Lush lawns andwater-hungry flora options are a poor choice in such settings. Water-saving and minimizing options should be used whenever possible, so as to reduce drought and maximize existing water sources. When possible, plants that use less water…

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Agriculture and biofuel- use waste products to fuel food production

Biofuels can and should be used as a support mechanism for agriculture. Converting the inevitable waste products of agriculture into biodiesel or bioethanol can fuel at least portions of the whole food production process, minimizing waste and emissions, and reducing costs. Florida Crystals, a West Palm Beach based sugar company,…

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