A peninsula on a peninsula, St. Petersburg is uniquely affected by sea-level rise resulting from climate change and generally ranks behind the Miami metropolitan area as the most at-risk city in the most at-risk state in the country.
According to climatecentral.org, St. Pete ranks as the eighth-most vulnerable American city for coastal flooding as augmented by projected sea-level rise, putting 91,000 of its residents directly at risk. Florida is home to 23 of the 25 most at-risk cities. Under this harrowing backdrop, Mayor Rick Kriseman spent last week in Glasgow, Scotland, representing the area at the U.N. Climate Change Conference.