In a Minor Key
Government officials in the Florida Keys have passed a resolution recognizing that climate change is likely to threaten the islands’ beaches and reefs, bring more hurricanes and storms, and harm the region’s tourist-based economy. The Keys’ Monroe Board of County Commissioners has also begun to work with the Alliance of Small Island States, which has 42 nations as members, to try to reduce the threat of global warming. In other climate news, research by British scientists indicates that winters in the U.K. are getting wetter and summers are getting drier, trends that are in line with predicted effects from climate change. Researchers in Australia and the U.S. have noted similar trends in their own countries.