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Senate holds Miami Beach hearing on climate change

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MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- The U.S. Senate is taking a field trip to Miami Beach for a hearing on the coastal effects of climate change.

The Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation's subcommittee on science and space will meet Tuesday morning at Miami Beach city hall. Mayor Philip Levine and the president and CEO of the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau are among the witnesses scheduled to testify about the economic impacts of sea level rise and climate change on Florida's tourism and insurance industries.

Miami Beach commissioners voted earlier this year to consider higher tides and rising sea levels when planning city projects. According to a regional plan to adapt to climate change, the waters off South Florida could rise up to 2 feet by 2060.

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