Center for Biological Diversity

Enviro groups sue feds to stop oil exploration in Florida’s Big Cypress

Several environmental groups are suing the National Park Service to stop oil and gas exploration in Florida’s Big Cypress National Preserve. Jaclyn Lopez is Florida director of the Center for Biological Diversity, one of the groups. She says permitted oil exploration in Big Cypress by Texas-Based Burnett Oil Company could harm drinking water and affect many… Read more »

A Florida Perspective on the RNC in Cleveland this week

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160718_110617_radioactivityM1_348.MP3 By Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Monday we aired the latest Florida this Week, a public affairs program from local PBS station WEDU that is also hosted by Rob Lorei. In this episode our expert panel of political experts and insiders look at the hottest stories in Florida news and politics: The Republican Convention gets… Read more »

Is Florida on the Verge of Weakening Surface Water Standards?

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160714_110618_radioactivityR1_191.MP3 By Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Thursday we looked at the possible weakening of regulations regarding hazardous chemicals by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Environmentalists are warning that the agency is  quietly trying implement changes that could significantly impact Florida’s water quality. We were joined by a South Florida activist Joanne Oyen who is… Read more »

Florida House 70

Florida House 70 candidates offer algae bloom solutions

Florida’s House District 70 is gerrymandered to take in small parts of four counties, including the Sunshine Skyway Bridge; so many Democratic voters from South Pinellas, Hillsborough, Manatee and Sarasota Counties are packed into the cross-shaped district that the winner of August’s Democratic Primary should prevail in November as well. The three Democrats fighting for… Read more »

Florida This Week looks at sniper attack in Dallas, Gov. Scott’s response to algae blooms

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160711_110618_radioactivityM1_348.MP3 By Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Monday we played last Friday’s episode of Florida This Week, a news and public affairs program from local PBS station WEDU that is also hosted by Rob Lorei. In this episode our panel of political experts discuss the biggest stories from Florida and around the country: The Dallas sniper attack… Read more »

Environmental Attorney discusses Algae Bloom that is devastating Florida’s Treasure Coast

By Rob Lorei On Midpoint Wednesday, we discussed the massive algae bloom that is choking Florida’s east coast with thick, toxic green sludge. It is believed that the bloom is being caused by agricultural fertilizers and septic runoff from Lake Okeechobee. Gov. Rick Scott says that he will ask the legislature for millions of dollars… Read more »

Women’s Show – Platforms…Who reads? We do

We are coming down to crunch time….. This has gone beyond mud fights and something tells me the game hasn’t even begun.  The conventions are coming up in just a few weeks.  Do the platforms matter?  Well – yes and no…..  they, of course, are not binding, but they do give a hint of some… Read more »

Wetlands Whole Foods Sarasota

Environmentalists object to Sarasota comp plan changes

The Sarasota County Comprehensive Plan is being updated and some environmentalists are concerned that at the same time protections of the public interest will be eroded. Commissioners approved changes to the comp plan Wednesday. Listen to the story here: Before their vote Sarasota attorney Dan Lobeck used two examples to tell Commissioners that comp plan… Read more »

Author Leah Y. Parks says America can be completely fueled by renewable energy by 2050

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160629_110617_radioactivityW1_189.MP3 By Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Wednesday we were joined by Leah Y. Parks, who along with  S. David Freeman authored the new book All Electric America: A Climate Solution and the Hopeful Future, which posits that cheaper and better technology will allow the United States to be completely run on renewable energy by 2050. She discussed how… Read more »

Donald Trump in Sarasota

Part of Tampa Bay cleanup canceled due to Donald Trump rally

Part of a major Tampa Bay cleanup effort scheduled for Saturday will be canceled because of a Donald Trump rally; the presumptive Republican nominee for president will speak at the Tampa Convention Center and it means that volunteer divers won’t be able to clean up a pier along Bayshore Boulevard. Tom Damico is environmental program coordinator… Read more »

Can Tampa handle the consequences of climate change ?

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160609_110617_radioactivityR1_191.MP3 By Rob Lorei Tropical Storm Colin lashed Tampa Bay earlier this week, causing flooding, road and bridge closures, and forcing some local cities to release raw and partially treated sewage into local waterways. Amid rising sea levels and increased rainfall, the results of global warming as scientists have predicted, can Tampa bay handle the effects… Read more »

Karl Nurse no fracking

Fracking banned in Pinellas County, Florida

The Pinellas County Commission has outlawed fracking within the county limits. The oil and gas drilling technique is also known as hydraulic fracturing and critics, like Environment Florida director Jennifer Rubiello, say it’s dangerous for water supplies and contributes to climate change. She says St. Petersburg and Clearwater are also working on ordinances to ban… Read more »

contamination sign

Wastewater discharged into Tampa Bay and other Pinellas waters

Because of flooding from Tropical Storm Colin this week several cities in Pinellas County urged residents to stop using the sewer systems and had to release partially treated wastewater into the open water. Beginning at 4:00 p.m Tuesday the City of St. Petersburg discharged partially treated wastewater into Tampa Bay about one-quarter of a mile east… Read more »

Hands Across the Sand opposition to drilling and fracking

Update on impact of Shell Oil spill in Gulf of Mexico

This month more than 88,000 gallons of oil leaked from a Shell Oil pipeline in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana; for an update on the spill’s effect on wildlife, WMNF News spoke with Scott Eustis, a coastal wetlands specialist with Gulf Restoration Network. Listen: We spoke about impacts on wildlife, oil spill response cooperation… Read more »

Sustainable Lumber, Herbs and Soap on the Sustainable Living Show

On Monday’s WMNF Sustainable Living program we talked with a couple of wood-workers, Robert and Zoe Bocik. They use eco-friendly, sustainably-sourced, responsibly-harvested wood in their business, called FUNKTIONHOUSE Urban Lumber & Furnishings located in St Pete. It was an interesting conversation about the types of trees and the lumber that can be harvested in our… Read more »

“Undue Burden” and Trump/Ryan Meeting on Women’s Show

“Undue Burden” – It is an awkward phrase, isn’t it? On Monday the Supreme Court kicked the “undue burden” back to the courts.  The balance in this case is the “under burden” on one’s religious convictions about the morality of contraception and the mandate of the Affordable Care Act that contraception needs to be provided… Read more »

Hands Across the Sand opposition to drilling and fracking

Art project will be part of Hands Across the Sand

Environmentalists who support clean energy, oppose dirty fuels and say no to offshore drilling will join Hands Across the Sand this Saturday at beaches in Pinellas County and elsewhere. The guest on WMNF News’ MidPoint, , Lisa Hinton is with Suncoast Sierra Club. She’s helping to organize Hands Across the Sand on Treasure Island this Saturday. Listen to the… Read more »

Karl Nurse no fracking

St. Petersburg seeks ordinance to ban fracking

St. Petersburg City Council will soon consider an ordinance to ban the drilling technique known as fracking and the transportation or storage of fracking wastewater within the city limits; Council vice chair Darden Rice says fracking for natural gas is too risky for St. Pete’s regional water supply, climate change and rising seas. Listen to the… Read more »

An Angry Woman’s Heart – on From a Woman’s POV

 I am getting steamed – really, really steamed.  If I hear one more comment on “the women’s card…..”  Read Rebecca Solnit’s column, “If Donald Trump Were a Woman and Hillary Clinton Were a Man: Here’s what the election would look like” (posted on our Facebook page ).  This election campaign is turning the spotlight on… Read more »