Category: Environment

As Red Tide returns to Florida coast, government shutdown affects some efforts to track it.

The Red Tide algae bloom that floated away from shore around Thanksgiving has popped back up near the beaches of Sarasota and Manatee counties, but scientists say the federal government shutdown is making it harder to track where the toxic algae is and where it might go next. Because of the shutdown, federal scientists who …

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Homeowners in this new hurricane-proof neighborhood will live a carbon-free, high-tech lifestyle

The community of homes, named ‘Hunters Point — Pearl Homes Community and Marina,’ is the first community designed to help decarbonize Manatee County near Sarasota, Florida, and surrounding regions of Florida by making green living affordable to a broader market. (Read more in AccuWeather.com)

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Stop Oil Exploration Seismic Tests off Florida’s Coast

Just days after Florida voters approved a ban on drilling in state-owned waters, the Trump Administration gave the green light to five oil and gas companies to use seismic airgun blasts to search for oil and gas deposits that could be buried in the sea floor from New Jersey to Florida. Such approvals will harm …

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Action Alert-Solving Climate Change

The Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act, H.R. 7173  was introduced on the Hill on November 27, 2018 by Democratic Representative Theodore Deutch, FL-22, with Republican and Democratic cosponsors. The bill places a fee on fossil fuels like coal, gas, and oil. The money collected from the carbon fee will be distributed in equal shares …

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Editorial: Florida hurt by inaction on climate change

Florida is on the front lines of climate change and its elected officials should be leading the charge to prevent its most severe consequences. A recently released scientific report from 13 federal agencies found that if significant measures aren’t taken to reduce global warming, the United States could take a 10 percent hit to its …

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Federal report says what Florida already knows — climate change is affecting us now

The message of the most comprehensive climate change report the United States has ever released is clear: climate change is already impacting Americans, and if nothing is done it will devastate the economy and disrupt millions of lives. For South Florida, among the most vulnerable regions in the country, the report also underlines that spiraling effects are …

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The Depravity of Climate-Change Denial

Wait, isn’t depravity too strong a term? Aren’t people allowed to disagree with conventional wisdom, even if that wisdom is supported by overwhelming scientific consensus? Yes, they are — as long as their arguments are made in good faith. But there are almost no good-faith climate-change deniers. And denying science for profit, political advantage or …

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Column: It’s time to rein in Florida’s phosphate strip mining

Florida is starting to wake up to its massive phosphate mining problem. Phosphate mining has not only scarred the face of Florida but created the perpetual threat of contaminated water being released into the Floridan Aquifer, which provides drinking water to millions of people. Late last week broke the news that a massive sinkhole had …

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OPINION: Florida gives sugar company sweet deal after midterm done

The biggest voting outrage story last week in Florida was not Tuesday’s midterm election. And Gov. Rick Scott, who has been carrying on for days about his imaginary victimhood in South Florida voting, is actually better cast as a perp in a consequential, South Florida vote that has been buried by the news of the …

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Scott promised to be the greenest governor, but wound up labeled ‘Red Tide Rick’

The last time Gov. Rick Scott ran for office, when he was seeking re-election in 2014, he vowed to be the greenest governor Florida has ever seen. “Florida’s natural beauty is a big reason why this is the best state in the country to call home,” he said. But his campaign for the U.S. Senate …

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