environment

Everglades
11:05 am
Wed December 19, 2012

Why The Woodstork Is Leaving The Everglades

The wood stork numbers are up - but not without big changes in its range and habits. The endangered bird has largely left the Everglades, once home to a significant number of nesting pairs.
Credit Kenneth Cole Schneider

Florida’s only wading bird on the endangered species list, the wood stork, is on the mend.  From a low of about 2,500 nesting pairs in most of South and Central Florida in 1984, the bird has since grown to around 7,000 to 9,000 nesting pairs. 

But it doesn't mean all is well with the Everglades.

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Building Green
1:00 pm
Fri November 23, 2012

Old Boynton Beach School Hopes 'Green' Design Wins Gold Star

Green Transformation: Sun and wind will power one of Palm Beach County's oldest schools.
Credit edline.net

One of Palm Beach County's oldest public schools is hoping to become one of Florida's greenest.

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A Local Film Maker Highlights Urban Challenges
3:05 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Film: Why You Can't Just Live In Cities Anymore, Now You Have To Think About Them

University of Miami professor Sanjeev Chatterjee is profiling some of the world's major cities as they rapidly change to keep up with an evolving world.
By Georgia Popplewell (caribbeanfreephoto)/flickr

According to the World Health Organization, as of 2010, over half the world’s population lived in cities.

By 2050, that percentage is expected to increase to 70 percent.

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Potential Cancer Cluster
4:06 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Health Officials: No Cancer Cluster In Miami-Dade

Long-time Broadmoor resident Juan Heredia says he built this playground for his two granddaughters but won’t let them play outside anymore because of black dust he says is emitted from the recycling facility on the other side of this fence.
Photo by Kenny Malone

The Florida Department of Health said today there is not a cancer cluster just east of Hialeah, in a neighborhood often referred to as Broadmoor.

On July 19th, 2012 a resident from the Broadmoor area, Vanessa Shelton, went before the Miami-Dade County Commission during a public hearing about a nearby metal recycling facility.

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Politics
12:21 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

Florida Supreme Court Will Rule On Nuclear Cost Recovery Fees

Crystal River nuclear power plant
eutrophication&hypoxia/flickr

Utility companies in Florida are allowed to charge customers for power plants that may never be built.

It’s allowed under a law passed in 2006, and the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy wants the law overturned.

A legal challenge is now before the Florida Supreme Court.

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Environment
4:54 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

Proposed Windfarm Becomes A Debate Over Creating Jobs And Protecting Wildlife

Wind turbines in California
Justin Smiley/flickr.com

When it comes to clean energy projects like wind farms, where people stand on a proposal sometimes depends on where they sit. Take the case of the late Sen. Edward Kennedy, certainly a champion of green causes — until someone proposed building a wind farm off Cape Cod, where the liberal lion liked to do his sailing.

He fought the wind farm until he died.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Air: The Restless Shaper Of The World

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09/24/12 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with writer and naturalist William Bryant Logan. He's shown the complexities of simple topics in his books such as Oak and Dirt. His latest work is Air: The Restless Shaper Of The World.  Breathing air gives us life and brings hurricanes, skydiving and fungus. It blows the dust which feeds the seas' food building block: plankton. We may forever fight dust at home but airborne particles bred South America’s rain forests.

Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Jenny Brown, Founder Of The Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary

09/10/12 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with Jenny Brown, the author of The Lucky Ones: My Passionate Fight For Farm Animals. She’s a former television documentary producer who once flipped burgers at McDonald’s but now operates the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary in upstate New York.  She became devoted to the cause of farm animals after working undercover documenting abuse in Texas.  Brown promotes a vegan diet.  

Environmental Art
4:58 pm
Tue March 27, 2012

How Dozens Of Tires Went From Being At The Bottom Of The Ocean To The Center Of An Art Show

Crew removes tires from the water.
Patricia Sagastume

The whitewall rubber tires, which until recently had been on the bottom of the ocean floor off the coast of Broward County, now look like deflated, salt-encrusted life preservers, and reek of the decayed smell of barnacles mixed with sea spray.

They are the stars of an art exhibit called “The Eclipse,” open now in Miami’s Wynwood district, a tribute to a failed plan to create an artificial reef and mankind’s attempts to remove the tires and save the ocean from even more destruction.

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Under the Sun
4:40 pm
Thu September 1, 2011

Readers Share Green Flash Photos

Kerry Maxwell

Under the Sun recently ran a piece on green flashes – a green light that appears in the sky for a fleeting moment when the sun dips below the horizon. Many believe the green flash to be a myth, but it actually has a scientific explanation: refraction. We asked readers if they had ever seen a green flash. Many sent us stories and pictures of their experience with the atmospheric phenomenon.

KERRY MAXWELL

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Under the Sun
4:05 pm
Thu September 1, 2011

Songs Of Seduction Under The Sea

A school of fish.
David Burdick / National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Here in South Florida we’re used to hearing all kinds of birds sing. But how often do you hear fish sing? It turns out that fish sing when they are ready to mate. Dan Grech set out on a pontoon boat in Stuart, about two hours north of Miami, to hear this unique mating call.

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Under the Sun
4:46 pm
Wed August 24, 2011

Green Flashes, Rainbows And Other Atmospheric Mirages

Scientists attribute the green flash to refraction. This diagram shows how refraction works.
Patrick Meyers / Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Studies

Have you ever seen a green flash? It is said to happen as the sun dips below the horizon, creating an elusive green light that appears in the sky for a fleeting moment and then disappears. Many people believe the green flash is a myth, repeated for the benefit of tourists. Others swear by its existence. So is it real? If so, what causes it? Under the Sun reporter Sammy Mack – a skeptic when it comes to the green flash – headed to Key West to investigate this phenomenon.

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Under the Sun
3:20 pm
Thu March 10, 2011

Viewing Key West From The Front Porch

Sammy Mack

Journalist Frank Deford spends every winter in Key West with his wife. They rent a house, take long walks and breathe in the island air. Under the Sun producer Sammy Mack listens to Deford marvel at the view from his front porch, a relic of a bygone era. He loves the lushness of the island, so green and beautiful. To him, Key West is soft and peaceful. But above all, it is a warm escape.

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