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Florida is hot. It’s no secret. The chokehold of Florida’s heat is a permanent part of our landscape, worming its way into every corner of the state, and forcing all living things into a clear-cut choice: adapt or die. And blanketed by the same soupy heat, Florida cattle are no exception.
This issue is not new. Geneticists, cattle ranchers and livestock producers have all been working to keep cows cool in Florida for decades. But average temperatures in the state have been rising. The Florida peninsula has already warmed more than one degree Fahrenheit during the last century, and projections estimate an additional two degree rise in the next 20 years.
As global temperatures remain on the rise, and heat events become more extreme, it’s becoming increasingly important to safeguard the wellbeing of our livestock.
Action of the Month
Hannah Ulloah from the UF Office of Sustainability challenges us to learn more about our carbon footprint and ways to reduce it.
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What We’re Reading
Environmental protection and social justice are deeply intertwined, and we cannot accurately communicate the environmental issues facing our state without acknowledging this relationship. In this monthly Earth to Florida segment, we will share articles and videos that help explain these connections.
- The Activist Who Keeps Exposing Environmental Racism in the U.S.
- What the environmental justice movement owes Martin Luther King, Jr.
- VIDEO: “Three Seconds”
Every Friday, we publish a weekly sampling of free and inexpensive environmental learning opportunities around Florida on our Facebook page.
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