The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has stated that climate change effects include changing rainfall patterns, rising temperatures and sea level, changing ocean chemistry, more wildfires, stronger hurricanes and increased droughts. These and other effects are predicted to intensify in the coming decades and significantly impact wildlife and ecosystems. .
Protecting habitat, water quality and the coral reef system have always been critical for maintaining what is so unique and pristine about the Keys. Continuing and enhancing our efforts in these areas becomes more important when considering climate change and sea level rise because a health natural system is an adaptation strategy in and of itself.