This week, the highest tide of the year threatened to seep onto the western shore of Miami Beach. This "King" tide - a result of lunar alignment, not climate change - helps illustrate the precarious ecological situation of low-lying cities around the globe.
For Miami, it was the first exercise of the city's recent $15 million investment in a pump system, and the beginning of what could cost the city and state $500 million to protect Miami Beach alone from climate change-induced sea level rise.
It's late in the game for expensive prophylactic measures, but it's beyond overdue for some corporations to own up to their role in contributing to the problem.
Our political system retains barriers to holding corporations accountable for climate change: Florida's own Senator Marco Rubio maintains that climate change is not caused by humans, at least not "the way these scientists are portraying it," by which maybe he means it's caused by our generation's most powerful people, corporations. Meanwhile, emissions trading programs remain a checkered success, especially in Florida. Oil interests like Exxon-Mobil and Koch Industries funnel tens of millions of dollars into initiatives to fight environmental regulation and even teach climate change denial in schools. If some of the nation's richest industrialists are willing to spend that kind of money denying climate change, could they at least buy us some pumps?
Andy is a graphics editor and cartoonist at Fusion.