While sunscreen is essential in protecting South Florida beach goers' skin, a new study from the Spanish National Research Council shows the skin protectant might also be killing off life in the ocean.
The study focuses on an aspect of sunscreens rarely looked at for its environmental impact: the nano-particles that block ultraviolet rays from baking our skin, including titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. Those chemicals can be found in sunscreens available at any corner drugstore.
The $205 million dredge project to deepen PortMiami has spread a blanket of silt and clay over the bay bottom that is smothering coral and damaging sea life, state environmental inspectors have found.
In a letter Monday, the state Department of Environmental Protection warned the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which is managing the project, that work is violating state permits, churning up too much sediment and having a “profound effect” on the sea floor. The agency gave the Corps two weeks to respond.
For the last two months, marine restoration teams have been hauling up coffee table-like structures from Florida Keys waters. They're called casitas -- Spanish for "little houses."
Cute name -- but the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says these things can be really nasty. They're made out of a wide variety of materials, including corrugated tin, plastic and cement.
When lobsters seek shelter under the artificial habitats, poachers can catch as many as 1,500 a day, far exceedng the daily catch limit of 250.
Experts say Florida is ground zero for sea level rise, and the Southeast Florida region will be the most impacted.
Tara Bardi, senior scientist with the Arthur R. Marshall Foundation for the Everglades, says even with increased media coverage on sea-level rise, most people aren’t sure how it will impact them personally.
Biscayne Bay Waterkeeper claims the ships working for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are leaking sediment which harms coral reefs near the dredging project. The group says this image was taken on June 25, 2014.
Few people walk down Sistrunk Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale, and cars simply drive through the nearly deserted corridor.
Among old warehouses, an “unsafe building” sign marks a foreclosed plumbing store between a church and a convenience store.
But that abandoned building will soon become a living lab. Florida Atlantic University and Fort Lauderdale are partnering to create a studio for urban agriculture, structural investigations and art installations.
07/01/14 - Tuesday's Topical Currents takes an intimate look at a remarkable woman who dedicated her life to conserving Florida’s wildlife and wild places and transformed the modern environmental movement. We visit with author and adjunct professor of history at Stetson University, Peggy Macdonald. She’s written a comprehensive biography of Marjorie Harris Carr. The self-described “housewife from Micanopy” is best known for leading the fight against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Cross Florida Barge Canal. Learn more on Topical Currents Tuesday at 1pm.