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NGOs put pressure on for strong climate deal in Cancun listen

11/30/10 Kelly Benjamin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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WMNF's Kelly Benjamin is in Cancun, Mexico reporting on this year's United Nations Climate Change Summit thanks to a fellowship from the Earth Journalism Network.

Today he spoke with several NGO representatives on what they are doing to push for stronger commitments from nations and a legally binding global agreement on Climate Change.

Negotiators from more than 190 countries are meeting in Cancun over the next two weeks to come up with a solid plan to address global warming. They are j...

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Are some great animial migrations in peril? listen

11/30/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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What drives billions of animals to make epic migrations every year and how are migrations being affected by habitat destruction and climate change?

To address these important ecological questions, WMNF spoke with Karen Kostyal, author of the National Geographic book Great Migrations. It's is a companion to the National Geographic Television series of the same name.

"Well, I think there are two really compelling reasons animals migrate. We've called them the 'need to feed' and the 'n...

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Code Green Communities

11/29/10 Jon Butts
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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On today’s Sustainable Living Program our first guest was a local home owner that installed a solar electric system last year and applied for a $4 a watt rebate from the State of Florida Solar Grant Program. His application was held up because of lack of funding, but he just found out that the state has appropriated 31 Million to fund the program. Pat Mahoney felt like this amount should pay most, if not all of his rebate. Pat also addressed a question that was posed on the last SL Program...

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Dr. Saleemul Huq on tranistioning to a post-fossil fuel economy listen

11/29/10 Kelly Benjamin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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WMNF's Kelly Benjamin is in Cancun, Mexico on a Fellowship from Earth Journalism News covering the United Nations Global Climate Summit. Today he spoke with Dr. Saleemul Huq on the inevitability of transitioning to a post fossil fuel economy.

"In my view, the problem now has shifted to a much greater, longer term issue than just merely dealing with the pollution. It's about how the global economy as a whole weans itself off the dependence on fossil fuels, like coal, oil, and gas which we'...

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Rachel Corrie trial in Israel continues listen

11/29/10 Doris Norrito
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Peace activist Rachel Corrie was crushed to death seven years ago by a bulldozer while defending a Palestinian home in Gaza. A long delayed investigation trial is currently underway in Israel.

The parents and sister of Rachel Corrie filed a civil lawsuit against the state of Israel and against Caterpillar for the unlawful killing of Rachel. The twenty-three year old activist was crushed to death by an Israeli driven Caterpillar D9R bulldozer. In October, about 80 people listened to the Cor...

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Castor: fate of Bush tax cuts uncertain listen

11/29/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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One of the most contentious issues Congress will take up during its lame duck session is that of the Bush-era tax cuts. Democrats want to keep the cuts for everyone but the richest two percent of Americans, but let them expire for Americans earning over $250,000 a year. Monday in Tampa, WMNF spoke with Democratic US Representative Kathy Castor, who says she hopes the GOP doesn’t try to block the cuts before they expire.

If Congress doesn’t act, the tax cuts President Bush implemented i...

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Castor: TSA should be more creative with search options listen

11/24/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Demonstrators in Revolution-Era garb were spotted outside Tampa International Airport today, protesting the controversial body scans. These days the John Adams look is a tea party calling card, but even some Democrats are critical of TSA’s body scans.

Earlier this week, outgoing Republican US Senator George LeMieux said intrusive search practices like the body scans should be abandoned in favored of policies like profiling and fingerprinting.

US Representative Kathy Castor, a Democra...

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Local charity experiencing high volume of need, not donations, ahead of holidays listen

11/24/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Food pantries across the Tampa Bay area are experiencing shortages just ahead of the holiday weekend. One Tampa nonprofit is experiencing a swell of people in need this year, including former donors and volunteers.

The rows of donated non-perishables are set up like grocery store aisles. Here, those who’ve signed up with Metropolitan Ministries’ holiday food program weave their shopping carts throughout rows of cereal, pasta, and canned goods. Katherine from Tampa is poring over boxed ...

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Preview of UN Climate Summit in Cancun (part 2) listen

11/24/10 Kelly Benjamin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The 2010 United Nations Climate Change Conference begins next week in Cancun, Mexico. WMNF’s Kelly Benjamin will bring us daily reports from Mexico on the progress towards an agreement at this year's summit. Today, we bring you part 2 of a special report on climate change and what we can expect from the United Nations process.

Last year's highly anticipated UN Climate Change Summit in Copenhagen resulted in the Copenhagen Accord, an agreement that began a process of creating climate cha...

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Interview with State Senator Mike Fasano of Pasco County

11/23/10 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Good afternoon, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei.

On the first part of today’s program, an interview with State Senator Mike Fasano. It’s a new era in Tallahassee. Republicans have for twelve years controlled the governorship and the legislature. But now they have all the cabinet seats and a veto-proof majority in the Florida Legislature.

Mike Fasano is a Republican, he’s served in the legislature for the past 16 years. Since 2002 he’s been a member of the Florida Sen...

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Preview of next week's UN Climate Summit in Cancun (part 1) listen

11/23/10 Kelly Benjamin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The 2010 United Nations Climate Change Conference begins next week in Cancun, Mexico. WMNF's Kelly Benjamin, who reported for the Evening News from last year's climate summit in Copenhagen, received a fellowship from Earth Journalism News to cover this year's conference. Beginning next week, he will be bringing us daily reports from Mexico on the progress towards an agreement at this year's summit. Today, we bring you a special report from Kelly Benjamin on climate change and what we can expe...

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Environment Florida: 60 mpg standard would save Floridians millions over holiday weekend listen

11/23/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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An estimated one million cars will be taking to Florida’s highways for the upcoming holiday weekend. That adds up to tens of millions of dollars in fuels costs. A new Environment Florida study out this week suggests that the average family would save more than twelve dollars per 50-mile round trip if their cars were more fuel efficient.

"With roughly one million cars taking the roads to visit family and friends this Thanksgiving, Floridians are expected to spend about $25 million at the...

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Castor - new bill would designate 80 percent of BP fine money for Gulf states listen

11/22/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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With the recent election, Black Friday, and body scans dominating the public sphere, it may be easy to forget that the Gulf coast is still hurting from the BP oil disaster. One Tampa member of Congress has filed a bill that would tackle region’s oil disaster troubles in a range of ways.

The millions of gallons of oil that shot out of the sea floor for months are out of sight, out of mind for many. But while the collective consciousness has moved on from the BP oil disaster, Florida’s $...

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TBARTA: most residents want rail, but not to pay for it listen

11/19/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Results of a post-election poll suggest the economy is the main reason Hillsborough County voters turned down a transit tax earlier this month. The board overseeing region-wide transit said today it hopes to present a multi-county transit plan to voters once the economy improves.

According to a poll surveying some 400 Hillsborough residents, jobs trump all other issues. Ben Kelley of the Kenney Group, the Denver-based consulting team commissioned to do the survey, says this year’s poll r...

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The Great American Teach-In aims to showcase careers despite pallid job market listen

11/18/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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It’s not often that you’ll find an artist, a banker, and an archaeologist talking shop under one roof. Today at schools throughout Pinellas County, the Great American Teach-In brought professionals from a broad range of fields into classrooms to teach students about life on the career path. This comes at a time when many students are personally experiencing the ravages of a gutted job market.

Any generation that came of age after World War II but before the millennium was brought up wi...

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