A new U.S. government report delivers a dire warning about climate change and its devastating impacts here in Florida.
It says the economy could lose hundreds of billions of dollars — or, in the worst-case scenario, more than 10 percent of its GDP — by the end of the century.
For Florida, the consequences will be dire.
When it comes to shellfish there will be a $230 million loss by the end of the century due to ocean acidification, which is already killing off shellfish and corals.
Red tides, or algae bloom that deplete oxygen in the water and can kill sea life — like those that triggered a state of emergency in August — will become more frequent, according to the report.
The federally mandated study was supposed to come out in December but was released by the Trump administration on Friday, after the midterm election.