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1. REGIONS:

Senate field hearing highlights the costly sea-level challenge facing Fla.

In southeast Florida, it is not unheard of to see people wading through floodwaters to their homes or businesses, or worrying about floating cars. During a high tide event last fall, 1 ½ feet of salt water flowed over the streets of Miami Beach. Local officials spoke of the high cost of adapting to these conditions at a congressional field hearing yesterday in South Florida about the threat of sea-level rise.`

2. CITIES:

Local leaders push for climate action as Congress 'drops the ball'

Climate action in Seattle aims to make the city carbon-neutral in less than 40 years. In Bridgeport, Conn., a former landfill is sheathed in solar panels to produce clean power. And a Republican mayor in Carmel, Ind., is seeing emissions ebb by turning sewage into fertilizer. That's happening despite a gun-shy Congress that's avoided taking federal action on rising temperatures, leaving local officials to lead the way on thorny political efforts to cut carbon from cars, buildings and electricity sources, according to municipal leaders.

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