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Green Expo held in St. Pete Beach listen

03/31/09 Andrea Lypka
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The city of St. Pete Beach hosted the first Suncoast Green Wave Expo on March 29 at the St. Pete Beach Community Center.

The goal of the event was to support public and private efforts to build a more sustainable coastal community, says Jared Cobb, the management intern at St. Pete Beach. The expo featured eco-friendly products, services, and practices for residents and businesses.

A business that got creative and profitable during economic hardships was Neptune Society with a new ser...

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Activists jailed for protesting Palm Beach County fossil fuel plant listen

02/03/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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In West Palm Beach yesterday, two environmentalists were jailed and five others received probation for protesting the construction of a planned new natural gas fired power plant last February.

The protest had involved the activists linking themselves with chicken wire and PVC pipe to protest the negative effects they say the plant will have the environment.

Originally, 27 activists werearrested after the protests at the site Florida Power and Light’s West County Energy Center, but af...

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Radioactivity: Fighting Foreclosure; and, Fish Farming in the Gulf?

01/27/09 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Good afternoon,

Welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up today we’ll talk about the home foreclosure crisis and we’ll have two experts in the studio to talk about how to deal with foreclosure.

But first: The Gulf Of Mexico Fishery Advisory Council is poised today to approve the first offshore Aquaculture or “fish farming” plan in the Gulf of Mexico. It’s an idea that has some environmentalists, scientists and commercial fisherman up in arms. One of those is Marianne Cufone wh...

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Gulf of Mexico Alliance holds workshop listen

01/14/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The Gulf of Mexico Alliance is a partnership between the five states bordering the Gulf: Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas. Today at the Florida Aquarium in Tampa’s Chanelside district, the Alliance held a community input workshop.

The Gulf of Mexico Alliance has received $5 million in funding from NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and $3 million from the Environmental Protection Agen...

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Progress Energy to close coal plants after nukes come online listen

12/18/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Today Progress Energy CEO Jeff Lyash announced that his company has agreed to retire its oldest two coal-fire units at its Crystal River Energy Complex in Citrus County. The shutdown will occur after the new nuclear plant in nearby Levy County is completed.

Progress Energy says by removing the 2 units, it will be be the equivalent of removing more than 830,000 vehicles from Florida’s roads

Roy Brinkman is the Energy Issue Chair with the Sierra Club of Florida. He has mixed feelings a...

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EPC considers nitrogen fertilizer ban listen

12/18/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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To cut down on nitrogen pollution entering the region’s water, the Tampa Bay Estuary Program has suggested that local governments forbid their residents from using nitrogen fertilizers on lawns during the summer rainy season. In their meeting this morning, the Hillsborough County Environmental Protection Commission (EPC) heard about why such an ordinance is needed.

To make it easier for local governments to enact these nitrogen fertilizer restrictions, last month the Tampa Bay Estuary Prog...

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Bush urged to stop "midnight hour" rule changes listen

12/10/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Recently, some major changes to several of the country’s environmental laws and regulations were classified by the Office of Management and Budget as not “economically significant.” This classification gave federal agencies 30 more days to finalize far-reaching environmental rules prior to a Dec. 19 deadline;, after that, the Obama administration’s options will become significantly limited.

So today, representatives from some of the biggest environmental groups held a conference call, urgi...

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Efest brings environmentally friendly together listen

11/24/08 Colleen Krepstekies and Andrea Lypka
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Efest, the Green Living Music and Arts Festival took place at the Sarasota Polo Grounds in Lakewood Ranch green community in Nov. 15-16.

The free annual event is the largest environmental festival in the Gulf Coast region, uniting private sector, non-governmental and governmental institutions that are concerned about the environment. It showcased Green-N- Healthy Expo with 175 exhibitors and green panel discussions about eco-friendly building trends, green technologies and alternative en...

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Poll: Americans want to address climate change now listen

11/17/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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A coalition of 31 national environmental organizations recently called on President-elect Barack Obama to work with Congress to pass ambitious economy-wide climate change legislation, while moving ahead under the Clean Air Act to set greenhouse gas emission limits on electric power plants, cars and fuels.

Jerry Karnas, the Florida Climate Project Director with the Environmental Defense Fund, says a new survey commissioned by his organization on Election Night shows that even in this time o...

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St. Pete City Council hears curbside recycling proposal

10/30/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Of the 10 most densely populated counties in Florida, only Pinellas lacks curbside recycling. Inside the county however, only three municipalities, including St. Petersburg, lack the service..

But that may finally be changing. Today an official with the county spoke in front of the St. Pete City Council about the city participating in the program the county is setting up.

Bob Houser is with the Pinellas County Solid Waste Department. He said that if everything works out, the program wou...

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