environment

Daniel Ducassi

President Barack Obama visited the Everglades last week to commemorate Earth Day and to talk about the risks climate change poses to South Florida, the nation, and the world. " If we don't act, there may not be an Everglades as we know it," the president said. The president also used the opportunity to chide Governor Rick Scott for his administration’s unofficial ban of the phrase "climate change." "Simply refusing to say the words ‘climate change’ doesn’t mean climate...

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Two big financial questions remain unanswered as the state Legislature enters its last days of the 2015 regular session – how will Florida's government spend money on health care and the environment? Billions of dollars are on the line. The dual debates over Medicaid and Amendment 1 are not linked except for the disagreement between Republicans, who control both houses of the Legislature, over how much money to spend on the health of Floridians and Florida's environment. Medicaid spending is...

Chalk And Rising Seas Combine In Delray Beach

Apr 27, 2015
Lisann Ramos

If you took a stroll through Delray Beach this weekend, you may have noticed a white chalk line on certain sidewalks and roads. Along three neighborhoods in Delray Beach a group of volunteers pushed a field marker to release three lines of chalk. Each line spans three miles. The chalk was drawn on the line where scientists project floodwaters will reach in the next major storm. In Delray Beach that’s four feet above sea level. This is part of the High Water Line project. The project was...

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Florida voters overwhelmingly approved Amendment 1 last November. The citizen-led initiative is also known as the Florida Water and Land Conservation Amendment . It sets aside 33 percent of the revenue from documentary stamps - a real estate transaction fee - for the next 20 years to fund environmental protection. The fees are worth $750 million next year. But the Florida Legislature is dragging its feet on setting rules to divvy up the funds. “This Legislature has demonstrated its hostility...

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Florida wildlife officials are hosting another snake hunt, but they don't want to call it a hunt. It's the Python Challenge. It's not likely to put much of a dent on the growing population of the invasive species, but that doesn't mean the event will be a failure. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says it looks at the 2013 Python Challenge as a success because is raised awareness of the problem. The next challenge, set for early 2016, will do more of the same and give...

President Obama Visits The Florida Everglades

Apr 22, 2015
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EVERGLADES--This was President Obama's first trip to the Everglades. In a speech that lasted about 15 minutes, the president reiterated his administration's stance on preserving fresh water and reducing carbon emissions. Seemingly in response to Florida Gov. Rick Scott's purported ban on the phrase "climate change," the president said, "(climate change) can't be edited out." Gov. Scott has denied any such ban exists. The president also touted a new plan that would allow fourth graders and...

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...

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.

Click here to listen to the extended version of this story 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. Jacquee Markel swings open a wooden gate in her backyard that leads to another...

Click here to listen to the story 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,"...

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. Just after a 50-mile paddle down the Apalachicola River, expedition members photographer Carlton Ward Jr., conservationist Mallory Lykes Dimmitt and bear biologist Joe Guthrie sat down to talk with Florida Matters about the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition . WUSF’s Steve Newborn has...

Michelle Budny

Florida Atlantic University held its fifth annual Broward Student Research Symposium at the Davie campus Friday. O ne student presenter found the Carolina willow, a native but invasive Florida plant, could dry up the state’s marshes. The willow has been increasingly invading St. Johns River for the last 50 years. Levees and canals, created to stabilize water levels in the river, caused the willow to thrive. Michelle Budny is a graduate research student at FAU , studying environmental science....

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. Thomas Chouvenc, a researcher and entomologist with the University of Florida, moved from...

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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. “Farming and processing can add $460 million to Florida’s annual GDP,” Clayton told the Senate Agriculture Committee. “That...

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.

Miami Beach has started installing pumps to keep...

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