- Associated Press - Friday, July 4, 2014

MIAMI (AP) - A South Florida task force is urging officials to speed up climate change adaptation planning because sea level rise is a “measurable, trackable and relentless reality.”

The Miami-Dade Sea Level Rise Task Force issued its recommendations earlier this week. The county commission created the task force a year ago to develop a report on sea level rise.

According to the report, rising sea levels threaten trillions of dollars of development and the region’s water supply, natural resources and agriculture. Task force members noted that parts of Miami-Dade County already are experiencing localized flooding attributed to sea level rise.

The task force’s top recommendation is to accelerate planning for climate change adaptations by hiring engineers and other experts “not just to update, but in a sense, to reinvent our urban infrastructure.”

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