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Activists request Florida Forever funding statewide and at Sacred Lands listen

02/22/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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In his budget request for the current year, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist has included funding for the purchase of environmentally sensitive lands through a program called Florida Forever.

But it is uncertain whether the state’s legislature will resume funding the program.

Democratic state legislator Rick Kriseman, who represents parts of Pinellas County, says h...

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Florida's aquatic problem with invasive species listen

01/15/10 Matthew Cimitile
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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A broad coalition of groups from the Association of Fish and Wildlife agencies to Dow Agro-sciences is hosting a weeklong summit on invasive species in Washington D.C. The summit is part of the National Invasive Species Awareness Week that is hoping to bring the problem of invasives to the forefront. Aquatic invasives are disrupting Florida waters.

The lionfish is a spiny, venomous fish of contrasting red and white stripes that can grow to over a foot long. Nat...

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Two Billion Cars

01/11/10 Jon Butts
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Today’s special guest was Deborah Gordon, the co-author of the book Two Billion Cars - Driving toward Sustainability. Deborah is a transportation policy analyst who has worked with the National Commission on Energy Policy, the California Energy Commission, the Hewlett Foundation, and the Chinese government to develop policies for its burgeoning auto fleet. She has also served as the director of transportation and energy programs at the Union of Concerned Scientists, as a senior research s...

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Could Tampa handle a hurricane like Katrina? listen

01/06/10 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Today at The Tampa Bay Catostrophic Planning Summit, disaster experts from nine counties considered what would happen if the Tampa bay region were hit by a category 5 hurricane as harrowing as Katrina.

If Tampa sustained a category 5 hurricane, experts predict $250 billion in losses to property and infrastructure. Hurricane Phoenix may be a simulation, but Florida’s vulnerability to the worst effects of such a storm are very real. [The Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council](http://www.tbrp...

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Fertilizer ban in Pinellas County listen

12/01/09 Mark Anderson
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The Pinellas County Board of Commissioners met today to discuss a proposed new ordinance aimed at reducing nitrogen levels in the Tampa Bay area. The Board voted to hold a public hearing on January 19th, and took a step toward strengthening the ordinance during the meeting.

Environmentalists are concerned that fertilizer runoff is a major contributor to pollution in Bay area waters. The proposal is centered around controlling fertilizer use during the rainy summer months. Fertilizer...

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Florida ranks third in nation for coal power plant pollution listen

11/24/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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A new report released today lists Florida as the third worst state for power plant pollution.

The report by Environment Florida is called “America’s Biggest Polluters: Carbon Dioxide Emissions from Power Plants in 2007.”

Sarah Bucci is an associate with Environment Florida.

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Water: A Global Crisis listen

11/06/09 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Water scarcity as a result of climate change could create global security issues. USF’s College of Public Health recently partnered with the Physicians for Social Responsibility and the Patel Center for Global Solutions for a panel discussion on water issues.

Disappearing sources of clean water have been a major concern for bay area residents. Aquatic biologist Thomas Crisman said salt water intrusion has contaminated freshwater aquifers.

According to a US geological survey, two-th...

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Peta2 sponsors animal cruelty exhibit at USF listen

10/20/09 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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This week the Students Protecting the Environment and Animals with Knowledge (SPEAK) are sponsoring an exhibit comparing the exploitation of humans and animals. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals’ young adult division, PETA2, was also at the exhibit, showing images of torture, mutilation, and imprisonment. They made the point that all exploited species suffer.

Twelve tall posters swayed in the wind next to the sidewalk outside Cooper Hall on USF’s Tampa campus. They displayed...

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Pew Forum on climate, energy and national security listen

09/01/09 Mark Anderson
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The nonprofit Pew Charitable Trusts were formed by the heirs of the Sun Oil Company in 1948. The goal of the Pew Trusts is to improve public policy, inform the public, and stimulate civic life through analytic research. The trusts formed the Pew Research Council in 2004 and this group sponsored a town hall type forum, at the USF campus yesterday to discuss the intersection of 3 issues, National Security, Energy Policy, and Climate Change. The forum had 200 people in attendance.

The fo...

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New report on dangers of heatwaves listen

08/25/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday

A new report on the dangers of global warming says the country is headed for strong heat waves in coming decades, that will affect cities and farmers and threaten wildlife with extinction.

The report, called More Extreme Heat Waves: Global Warming's Wake Up Call, is sponsored by medical, environmental and civil rights organizations.

It lists 30 different American cities, and breaks them up into three different categories of vulnerabilities to heat waves in the future.

In the first ...

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