Science

Sea Level Rise
12:07 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

South Florida Readies For Rising Seas

Fort Lauderdale's State Road A1A has been overrun by the sea
Credit Broward County

2012 will be forever remembered as the year of Hurricane Sandy.

The storm did over $50-billion in damage in the Northeast, playing out a worst case scenario exacerbated by sea-level rise. In low-lying South Florida, the problem of rising seas is more apparent than ever, the issue has recently come front and center in planning for the future.

Talk about your good timing.

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Sea Level Rise
11:54 am
Tue December 11, 2012

The Quick Fix For A Disappearing Beach

Broward leaders need a quick fix for North Fort Lauderdale beach, where State Road A1A has been overrun by the ocean
Credit Broward County

Sand dunes and steel sheets driven underground will be used as temporary fixes to shore up a portion of Fort Lauderdale beach and State Road A1A that have been overrun by the ocean.

The $4.5-million-dollar plan was announced at a public meeting Monday night, the Sun Sentinel reports today, and it will serve as a band-aid until a permanent fix is found.

Broward Mayor Kristen Jacobs says it's the best they can do to deal with the problem in the short term.

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Hurricane Season
7:00 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Busy Hurricane Season Ends; El Niño A No-Show

Hurricane Sandy as it appeared on October 29, 2012
Credit NASA Goddard Photo and Video /Flickr

The Atlantic Hurricane season comes to its merciless end today.

It concludes in a busier-than-expected year punctuated by one of the most damaging storms on record, Hurricane Sandy.

When it began, forecasters at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicted a near-normal season of anywhere between 9 and 15 named storms.

The final number turned out to be 19, with most systems--including the season's only major hurricane, Michael-- spinning out harmlessly in the ocean and posing little threat to land.

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Environmental Degradation
11:47 am
Thu November 29, 2012

Water Pollution Costs Florida More Than $10 Billion A Year

Algae Bloom On A River: Water pollution is costing Florida a lot of money every year.
Credit Galen Herz /Flickr

Local officials around the coast in Florida have already started to deal with the price of sea level rise. Now, another report has put a price tag on the cost of water pollution throughout the state-- the verdict: it's about $10.5 billion a year.

According to the Stockholm Environment Institute, which conducted the study, a lot of the pollution we are dealing with in our water comes from human activities.

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Exotic Insects
8:17 am
Thu November 29, 2012

Scary Termite Invader Returns To Broward

They're Back: Tree termites, with their special set of skills that increase their threat potential, have a new foothold in Dania Beach.
Credit University of Florida

State pest control officials are renewing the war against a versatile and destructive termite they thought they had defeated a decade ago.

But the tree termites -- mobile, airborne, prolific and voracious -- have gained a new foothold in Broward County. Experts who met Wednesday to develop a termite strategy say the insects have overrun a square mile of Dania Beach.

The usual anti-termite tactics won’t work this time, they say, because:

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Reptile Day
2:27 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Miami Science Museum Is Going To Teach You How To Eat Like A Lizard

You can eat like a lizard if you go to Reptile Day at the Miami Science Museum.
Credit Ashley Lopez / WLRN

Here's a break from the relentness news about this year's election.

For those of you not stuck in a long line on the last day of early voting on Saturday, you can distract yourself at the Miami Science Museum's Reptile Day.

Among the many activities they are putting together is a "live python animal presentation," a turtle race and an "eat like a reptile cooking demonstration."

Yes. You read right. There will be food served that is typically eaten by lizards.

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Most Doctors Don't Learn About Nutrition
4:42 pm
Tue May 22, 2012

Doctors And Dieting May Not Mix

Some doctors say teaching nutrition is difficult.
Kahala Flickr/Creative Commons

In South Florida it's pretty easy to find a plastic surgeon for a little nip and tuck. But finding a primary care doctor who can tell you how to lose weight by changing your diet is a different story.

When doctors write prescriptions, they know what their patient will receive. But when a patient asks what they should eat, it's hard to be that specific. A developing body of research shows most doctors receive little to no instruction in nutrition.

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