Calls increase for Democrats to face climate change in Miami

Calls increase for Democrats to face climate change in Miami
FILE- In this Sept. 30, 2015 file photo, a woman gets a ride on a police truck navigating a flooded street in Miami Beach, Fla. The street flooding was in part caused by high tides due to the lunar cycle, according to the National Weather Service. When Democratic presidential candidates meet in Miami for their first debate it'll be in what you could call the country's Ground Zero for any climate-related sea level rise. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)

MIAMI (AP) — Rising sea levels could threaten the very existence of Miami and much of the rest of south Florida, and Democrats are facing calls to confront climate change squarely during this week’s presidential debates in the low-lying city.

The City of Miami has a 00 million bond program to finance climate change resiliency projects, including 92 million for seawalls, pumps and similar projects. Miami Beach has already begun spending up to 00 million to raise roads, install pumps and do similar work over five years.

Those huge price tags are just one reason why many think it’s vital that climate change take center stage at the debates Wednesday and Thursday.

Nearly all of the candidates have offered significant climate change plans.