This article discusses the Southeast Florida sea-level rise compact being used as a model for other regions.
Ten years ago, officials in South Florida, lobbying for a federal climate bill in Washington, discovered they didn’t have enough clout as a county or a city. They realized they needed to speak as a region.
And so leaders of Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe counties — Key West to Jupiter — quietly formed the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact to work together on issues that clearly cross city and county lines: hotter temperatures, stronger storms, sea-level rise.
One of the first things they did was work out a common set of numbers projecting how much sea-level rise to expect: 6 to 10 inches by 2030; 2 1/2 to 5 feet by 2100. They worked out a regional vulnerability assessment and the region’s first greenhouse-gas emission inventory.