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5:08 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

'Super-Termite' Could Be Even More Destructive Than Parent Species

The male Asian subterranean termite (brown abdomen) and the female Formosan subterranean termite (orange abdomen) are surrounded by their hybrid offspring (eggs, larvae, workers, soldiers) in an eight-month-old colony.
Thomas Chouvenc University of Florida

Originally published on Thu March 26, 2015 8:40 am

Termites are among the world's most destructive pests, causing more than a billion dollars in damage each year in the U.S. alone. Scientists in Florida have tracked the development of a new hybrid species of termite — one whose colonies grow twice as fast as the parent species.

Researchers say the new "super-termite" is even more destructive than other species and may carry a significant economic cost.

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News
2:45 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

Hemp Farming Gets Thumbs Up From Florida Senate Committee

Florida lawmakers are considering a bill to let farmers grow hemp crops like these.
Credit Paul/Flickr

A product made from cannabis could become one of Florida’s top crops: A bill in Tallahassee would allow Florida farmers to grow hemp.

Robert Clayton finished construction last year on a house made of hemp in Tarpon Springs. It’s thought to be the first of its kind in Florida. He testified at a Senate hearing about his research for the Hemp Industries Association.

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Sea-Level Rise
9:15 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

An Idea To Mitigate Rising Seas In Miami Beach: Lift The Entire City

Miami Beach Public Works director Eric Carpenter stands next to Purdy Ave. where workers are installing a piece of the city's expansive pump system.
Credit Kenny Malone

One way Miami Beach might prepare for the threat of rising sea levels is to elevate the whole city.

“The only tried and true solution to combating rising sea levels is to raise with it,” says Eric Carpenter, public works director for the City of Miami Beach.

As the city celebrates its centennial, the top-level engineer and Miami Beach resident spoke with WLRN about how sea-level rise will affect the city’s next 100 years.

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Environment
2:25 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Amendment 1 Spending Plan Lands Mixed Reviews

Algae clouds part of Rock Springs near Apopka, Fla.
Robin Sussingham WUSF 89.7 News

Originally published on Wed March 18, 2015 2:33 pm

Florida's natural springs would get $50 million, the Kissimmee River is in line for $30 million, and a wastewater plan for the Florida Keys is up for $25 million, under a newly released House proposal that would help carry out a voter-approved increase in conservation dollars.

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Environment
2:51 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

Miami's Coast Is Getting A Natural Face-Lift

The dunes on Miami Beach that have been restored as a natural defense against sea level rise.
Credit Lisann Ramos

Several South Florida municipalities have been making efforts in coastal restoration.

The city of Miami approved major projects on that front in 2010. It did so in an attempt to implement natural solutions to sea-level rise. 

Conservationists are in the process of removing invasive plant species in beach dunes that cause coastline erosion. They are also installing plants that allow dunes to grow and better absorb water.

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Environment
12:53 am
Tue March 17, 2015

General To Congress: Climate Change Will Threaten Our National Security

Credit FL Center for Environmental Studies

A leader must possess imagination. -- Omar Nelson Bradley, Army General, World War II, Korean War

Military leaders depend on imagination. Conflict can spring up anywhere in the world, so leaders must be thinking about every possible scenario, every consequence on action taken or not taken. And that's what a group of retired admirals and generals are asking of political leaders: Have imagination. Consider all the possible consequences of climate change and its impact on the national security of the United States.

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Environment
7:53 am
Thu March 12, 2015

Saving Wildlife Under Superhighways with the Fl Wildlife Corridor Expedition

Originally published on Mon March 16, 2015 1:57 pm

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Session 2015
7:52 am
Thu March 12, 2015

Lake Worth Lagoon Is Relying On Amendment 1 Funds For Restoration

For more than 20 years, Palm Beach County has worked to improve Lake Worth Lagoon -- a 20-mile body of water stretching from North Palm Beach to Boynton Beach. It’s the county’s largest estuary and also infamous for its polluted past.
Credit Jessica Meszaros / WLRN

In Tallahassee, Florida counties and cities are battling over $700 million of Amendment 1 funds for this year’s legislative session. Palm Beach County is applying for a cut of that to continue restoration of Lake Worth Lagoon, the county’s largest estuary.

Palm Beach County has requested $3.3 million of Amendment 1 funds for Lake Worth Lagoon. Canal water and rainwater spill into the lagoon, polluting it.

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Environment
1:42 am
Mon March 9, 2015

In Florida, Officials Ban Term "Climate Change"

Jim Harper, formerly DEP: We were told not to use the term climate change.
Credit FCIR

The state of Florida is the region most susceptible to the effects of global warming in this country, according to scientists. Sea-level rise alone threatens 30 percent of the state’s beaches over the next 85 years.

But you would not know that by talking to officials at the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the state agency on the front lines of studying and planning for these changes.

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Wastewater Treatment
3:35 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

Swimmers, Watch Out For That Effluent

A swimming advisory is in effect at Oleta State Parks and other popular swimming destinations due to the release of untreated water.
Credit Creative Commons via Flickr / Edoardo P. (https://flic.kr/p/ahTj37)

Swimmers beware: Miami-Dade County is having trouble holding its water.

The deluge over the weekend bathed the region in as much as eight inches of rain in some areas. But near Oleta River State Park, the flooding brought some badwater.

The North District Wastewater Treatment Plant overflowed, releasing about five million gallons of partially treated wastewater into the waters around the park.

Maul Lake, Sand Spur Island, and Biscayne Bay waters inside Haulover Inlet were also potentially affected.

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Politics
6:39 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Lawmakers Wade into Amendment 1 Details

Money to keep polluted runoff out of Lake Okeechobee is at stake in the discussions over money from Amendment 1

Originally published on Tue February 24, 2015 11:47 am

New rules for Florida waters will be one of the first bills the House takes up when the legislative session gets underway.

But don't expect that all aspects of a voter-approved initiative to conserve water and land will sail smoothly through the 60-day session that begins March 3.

As House members and senators hammer out new rules and new funding levels required by the initiative, known as Amendment 1, a wide array of suggestions has poured in from Gov. Rick Scott, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, environmentalists and business lobbyists.

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Environment
5:16 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Big Cypress Preserve Applying To Be International "Dark Sky Park"

View of the night sky from Big Cypress National Preserve.
Credit Stephen Meszaros

Big Cypress National Preserve runs over 729,000 acres in Collier County and bits of Monroe and Miami Dade counties. The preserve is applying to be an international “dark sky park.” There are only 20 in the world. A "dark sky park" is a place where humans get clear, starry scenery, and nocturnal animals, like the endangered Florida Panther, see better.

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Environment
5:59 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

Fl Wildlife Corridor Expedition Takes a Hike Through History in St. Mark's

Expedition founder and photographer Carlton Ward Jr. documents the area around St. Mark's National Wildlife Refuge

Originally published on Wed February 18, 2015 2:11 am

The Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition is biking, hiking and kayaking from Central Florida through the Panhandle to the Alabama state line. The three conservationists are trying to call attention to the need to preserve what they call the corridor's "integrity" --- an unbroken pathway for wildlife to travel. They recently led about 75 enthusiasts on a hike through the wetlands of the St. Marks Wildlife Refuge.

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Agricultural Reserve
1:33 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

Palm Beach County Farmers Want To Sell Land To Developers

Credit Palm Beach County

Palm Beach County held its second roundtable Tuesday, discussing development options for the county’s Agricultural Reserve -- a 22,000-acre piece of land west of Boynton Beach and Delray Beach, just between Florida’s Turnpike and the Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge. Farmers want to sell their land to developers because business is bad.

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Newscast
6:25 am
Tue February 17, 2015

February 17, 2015: Environmentalists: Gov. Scott Use US Sugar Land To Help Everglades

Today on WLRN-Miami Herald News, you heard:

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