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Leaders Hear of Insurance Woes, Other Global Warming Dangers

4-4-07

An expert on climate change is telling Florida officials that global warming is causing sea levels to rise and is threatening the state's beautiful beaches.

Tuesday, state leaders got a lesson on global warming from experts such as Stephen Leatherman, who heads the International Hurricane Research Center at Florida International University.

Florida is starting to take a closer look at climate change and how it may affect the state. Today the first of four workshops on global warming was held at the state Capitol.

Leatherman says rising sea levels are already impacting Florida's beaches and that's a threat to tourism.

Leatherman says rising sea levels are also pushing saltwater into the Everglades and making storm surge from hurricanes a lot worse. He says the surge goes father inland and floods more areas.

Leatherman says higher sea levels pose an immediate threat for a small island in the Florida Keys.


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