FAU administrator to speak about climate change on Capitol Hillby Laura Green | July 18th, 2013
Margaret Leinen, executive director of FAU’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute and president-elect of the American Geophysical Union, was scheduled to speak this morning about coral bleaching and other evidence of climate change at the Senate Environmental and Public Works Committee.
In prepared remarks, Leinen was planning to speak about the effects of warming that directly affect humans.
Her remarks raised concerns for the $5.3 billion fishing industry along the U.S. East Coast. Researchers have found that some of the most commercially-important fish species have been shifting northward as their waters warm.
Tourism dollars could also be at stake in Florida and the Caribbean, as warming waters are bleaching and killing the coral that so many tourists travel to see.