Impact of Sea Level Rise on Indian Culture
Coastal populations like the Miccosukees and Seminoles rely on fishing. Other tribes exemplify Florida’s potential future. Relocation due to rising seas may result in a shift to dependence on agriculture and lead to loss of tradition.
Additionally, reservations often lack medical accessibility, which may contribute to health complications as the Earth warms and sea level rises. Average temperatures are projected to increase eight to 15 degrees fahrenheit over the next century, and at least one study suggests heat-stress deaths will double in the Everglades. Further, water and vector-borne diseases may also increase with rising waters.
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