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Environment
9:03 am
Thu April 16, 2015

Everglades Bike Path Is Not Final, But Protesters Want Planning To Stop

R.O.G.G. protesters walking on the levee parallel to Tamiami Trail where the bike path may be built.
Credit Jessica Meszaros / WLRN

The River of Grass Greenway (ROGG) is a proposed 75-mile bike path that would connect Miami to Naples. The Miami-Dade County Parks and Recreation Department is heading up the project with other partnerships.

About 30 protesters of ROGG walked along the path recently-- from County Road 92 in Collier County to the Miccosukee Resort and Casino in Miami-Dade County over the course of five days, walking about 15 miles each day. The proposal is still in its earliest stage, but local protesters want to stop it dead in its tracks.

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News
9:42 am
Wed April 15, 2015

Florida National Parks Face Millions in Delayed Maintenance Costs

Originally published on Wed April 15, 2015 9:22 am

The National Park Service recently released a list of how much delayed maintenance projects cost for parks around the country.

In Florida, the amount comes to almost $192 million. At Everglades National Park, operators are trying to figure out what to do as that number grows.

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Environment
6:40 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Protecting Florida's Rare Coastal Dune Lakes

Sunset at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park
Steve Newborn WUSF News

Originally published on Mon April 6, 2015 5:31 pm

Tucked into a slice of the western Florida Panhandle is one of the rarest ecosystems in the world. The Coastal Dune Lakes are where fresh water lakes occasionally mix with the salty surf of the Gulf of Mexico.  April 2 , WUSF TV will air the premiere of a documentary of this unique ecosystem, Coastal Dune Lakes: Jewels of Florida’s Emerald Coast.

 

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Environment
5:24 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

Report: Wildlife Still Feeling Impact from BP Oil Spill

The Deepwater Horizon oil rig after the explosion in the Gulf of Mexico.

Originally published on Mon March 30, 2015 7:56 pm

Five years after the BP oil spill, the environmental impacts are still being felt.

According to a report released Monday by the National Wildlife Federation, animals such as dolphins were found dead at four times the historic rates in 2014. The group believes the oil spill may be to blame.

"Bottle-nosed dolphins in the places most-affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill are very sick, their pregnancies are failing, and they're dying in large numbers," said Ryan Fikes, a restoration scientist with the National Wildlife Federation.

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Environment
12:43 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Florida Matters: FL Wildlife Corridor Update From The Shores of Apalachicola Bay

Originally published on Mon March 23, 2015 12:55 pm

Nearly 1,000 miles in 70 days -- that's how long a trio of wildlife enthusiasts are traversing the state, from Central Florida to the Alabama state line. 

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Environment
11:20 pm
Sun March 29, 2015

FAU Research Student Finds Carolina Willow Could Dry Up Florida Marshes

Carolina Willows encroaching on sawgrass in St. Johns River marshes.
Credit Michelle Budny

Florida Atlantic University held its fifth annual Broward Student Research Symposium at the Davie campus Friday. One student presenter found the Carolina willow, a native but invasive Florida plant, could dry up the state’s marshes. 

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News
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 Mon March 30, 2015 3:19 pm

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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