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On climate change, Florida’s been warned (w/video)

In just seven words, Jane Long summed up three days of intense discussion last week about energy and climate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

A senior scientist at the Environmental Defense Fund and a retired Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory researcher, she turned to look at me after I told her I was from the Tampa Bay area. And without hesitation, yet with a smile, she issued me an apocalyptic warning:
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“Oh, you’re going to be under water.”

I was one of more than two dozen journalists — about half picked for a three-day series of workshops, the others for a nine-month fellowship — in the MIT Knight Science Journalism program.

We gathered from across the globe: England, Spain, China, India, North and South America.

And though the program focused on global climate change, Florida emerged as a central figure in the discussions as 12 speakers shared their expertise about the growing troubles with global warming.

The program opened with a talk about sea level rise, which by the end of the century could leave parts of the Sunshine State under water.

Among the areas in the danger zone: Tampa Bay.


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