Photographer Benjamin Dimmitt captures the decline of Florida’s natural landscapes

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160505_110618_radioactivityR1_191.MP3 By Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Thursday our guest is nature photographer Benjamin Dimmitt, whose recent work includes photographs of the examines the impact of saltwater intrusion on the Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge just north of the Tampa Bay Area. Over the years rising sea levels, along with weak flow from nearby freshwater springs, has… Read more »

Remembering Prince, An Illegal Hike & A Gothic Serial Killer Next On Life Elsewhere

The news came in, literally moments after we had made the final edits to the latest edition of Life Elsewhere…Prince was dead. Immediately we searched through all of our many music-biz contacts to come up with someone qualified to pay tribute to the music legend.  As the minutes then hours passed, tributes to Prince were… Read more »

Women’s Show celebrates Earth Day with Shana Smith and Trish Williams Mello

It seems somewhat ironic to have a day celebrating Earth Day – if we truly celebrated Mother Earth, we would not be trying to destroy her….. Many individuals are trying hard to clean up the environment, to reverse climate change, to stop the despoliation of our air and water.  But the systems that run our… Read more »

An Illegal Hike Across The Heartland – Next on Life Elsewhere

Ken Ilgunas says his new book is about coming to terms with climate change and figuring out what our role as individuals should be in confronting something so big and so out of our hands. It’s about taking a few months of your life to look at your country from a new perspective. Ultimately, it’s… Read more »

Tampa Bay Beautiful & Recycling on the Sustainable Living Show

On WMNF’s Sustainable Living program this week, we talked with two guests about keeping our bay area beautiful and recycling. Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful is our local affiliate of Keep America Beautiful and its mission is to provide environmental education and volunteer opportunities that develop individual responsibility and environmental stewardship. Joining us was their Environmental Program… Read more »

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St. Pete Rep. Dwight Dudley says utility-backed solar amendment hinders energy choice for consumers

BY Rob Lorei Floridians will get a chance this fall to put a utility backed solar-energy amendment into the state Constitution.Last week the Florida Supreme Court, in a 4-3 ruling found that the wording of the controversial ballot initiative backed by major utilities meets the legal standards to go before voters in NovemberThe group backing… Read more »

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Hernando residents can learn about climate change

In the coming decades Florida residents will face increasing disruptions from climate change: hotter temperatures, more storms, tropical diseases, fresh water shortages and rising seas; Hernando County residents can learn about how their community might fare in a warming climate at a forum Thursday night in Spring Hill. It’s hosted by the Sierra Club Adventure Coast… Read more »

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Environmentalist concerned about Sabal Trail pipeline in Florida

Two of Florida’s largest energy companies want to build a pipeline for natural gas through the center of the state – but environmentalists say it could negatively impact wetlands and the state’s aquifer. The Gulf Restoration Network is one of the groups opposing what’s called the Sabal Trail pipeline. WMNF News spoke with their coastal campaign… Read more »

Fruit Trees & Fruiting Perennials on Sustainable Living

On today’s WMNF 88.5 FM Sustainable Living program we talked with three guests about fruit trees and edible perennial fruits that grow locally. Paul Zamoda, a lifetime member of the Rare Fruit Council International, Tampa Bay Chapter, joined the show. Also, Pete Kanaris and Taylor Walker with Green Dreams, a sustainable solutions landscaping company that… Read more »

Leading solar expert Dr.Yogi Goswami on the future of energy technology

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160325_110618_radioactivityF1_337.MP3 Solar energy becomes more efficient and affordable every year, but how far away are we from really 100 percent on renewable energy? Joining us to talk about the future of solar energy technology is Dr.Yogi Goswami,Director of the Clean Energy Research Center at USF and one of the top rated reviews of the leading… Read more »

Code Pink – Saudi Arabia, BDS, Local Peace Economy…Women’s Show 3/17

Photo via Elaine Vigneault Feeling discouraged with all the negativity of the presidential campaign – and the state of our world today?  Give yourself a treat and spend a few minutes at Code Pink to gain some hope.  Tune in Thursday to hear always upbeat, yet realistic and focused on the “real” world, Medea Benjamin,… Read more »

Bernie Sanders brings his political revolution to Tampa

Senator Bernie Sanders draws nearly ten thousand people to Tampa rally. Yesterday evening, in an expo hall on the Florida Fairgrounds, the democratic presidential candidate Sanders brought his message to Florida voters. Bernie Sanders speech hit on many different issues and on Donald Trump. Bernie Sanders Tampa visit was the last on his whistle stop… Read more »

How Did Penis Size Become More Important Than Climate Change In The Presidential Race?

Robert Hunziker is not happy. He wakes up at night in a cold sweat. Robert Hunziker is a freelance writer and environmental journalist who insists that the next Presidential election will be the most important in our lifetime. We are living dangerous times he says. The ice caps are melting. Global warming is real and… Read more »

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Fracking bill stalled in Florida Senate committee

A bill to study and regulate fracking in Florida is stalled and may be dead; the Senate Appropriations Committee voted down (10-9) the fracking bill Thursday after overwhelming public opposition. But the committee also moved to reconsider it later. One key Republican who voted against the fracking bill is Pinellas County’s Jack Latvala. He accused the… Read more »

Veteran journalist Marvin Kalb;Environmentalists want more action to clean up Lake Okeechobee

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160223_110617_radioactivityT1_187.MP3 BY Rob Lorei Our First guest on Radioactivity is national security expert and journalist Marvin Kalb. Kalb is a former correspondent for  CBS News and Meet the Press, reporting extensively on US/Russian Relations during his 50 year career. His latest book , Imperial Gamble: Putin, Ukraine and the New Cold War, looks at the Soviet origins of… Read more »

Florida This Week: Senate opens door to fracking, new bill would make abortion a first-degree felony

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160201_110618_radioactivityM1_348.MP3 By Rob Lorei Today on Radioactivity we listen back to the latest Florida This Week, a political discussion show on local PBS station WEDU that is moderated by Rob Lorei. This episode’s panel of political experts and insiders discuss several controversial bills moving through the state legislature.One bill would allow the state to regulate and… Read more »

Environmental ethics and morality of shark fin harvesting

Some of the ocean’s top predators are facing massive population crashes-and human may be to blame. An environmental activist is urging law students to help him fight for the survival of hammerhead sharks. Yesterday at a biodiversity conference at Stetson College of Law in Gulfport, Randall Arauz spoke about his decade-long odyssey to ban shark… Read more »