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Historic Climate Change bill comes before the House listen

06/26/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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At some point in the next hour, The U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on a historic climate change bill, and its passage remains uncertain at this time.

Politico.com reported today that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the bill’s sponsors are working the floor furiously, twisting arms to squeeze ‘some last minute yes votes out of undecided members’.

The goal of the bill, sponsored by Democrats Ed Markey and Henry Waxman, is to limit pollution by capping greenhouse g...

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Fighting beach erosion naturally in St Pete listen

06/22/09 Andrea Lypka
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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On June 20, 2009, approximately 200 people volunteered their time to plant 10,000 sea oat seedlings on St. Pete Beach as part of a multi-faceted beach preservation project initiated by the city’s Beach Stewardship Committee. The sea oats plants were provided by Pinellas County to help the city deal with its severe beach erosion problems, says committee chair, Kevin Hing.

“Planting sea oats is a natural solution that helps to prevent erosion. When they grow, these sea oats trap sand o...

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Report: Florida's "Green Economy" grew nearly 8% over past decade listen

06/10/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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According to a new study, Florida’s clean energy economy grew nearly 8 percent between 1998 and 2007. The study by the Pew Charitable Trusts released today found that Florida was among the top 10 states in America’s clean energy, or Green Job economy.

Lori Grange is the interim deputy director with the Pew Center on the States.

To see the report, which lists a hard count of jobs created in the green economy over the past decade, visit PewTrusts.org.

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Group: Crist is slacking off on pollution violators listen

06/05/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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According to an analysis of state enforcement statistics released earlier this week, the Charlie Crist’s administration’s touted 2007 pledge to toughen anti-pollution enforcement in Florida has been a failure. That’s according to the Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility.

Doug Tobin, a spokesman for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, was dismissive of the new report.

Jerry Phillips with Florida PEER says that while enforcement records are available fr...

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Clean energy advocate says new legislation falls short listen

05/06/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The Florida Legislature returns to Tallahassee tomorrow; the budget is expected to be approved on Friday.

With the regular session now over, one of Gov. Charlie Crist’s top priorities has died with it. The governor wanted a law that would require power companies to generate 20 percent of their electricity through clean sources by 2020.

The Senate was able to pass a measure (SB 1154) led by the efforts of Jacksonville Republican Jim King, but the House refused to consider it, to the d...

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Hillsborough moves to sell land to developers listen

05/06/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Hillsborough County Commissioners today heard about a bold proposal by private developers to purchase much of county-owned Cone Ranch, north of Plant City.

The county purchased the 12,000 acres two decades ago and has transferred control of it to its water department.

County Chairman Ken Hagen brought the issue to the Board. He emphasized that he wants to make sure the area is not used for commercial development, and said after researching the proposal that he thinks it could work.

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Methylmercury found in seafood listen

05/06/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Ocean fish, like tuna, and other seafood are a major contributor to exposure of the toxin methylmercury in humans. A study published last week in the journal Global Biogeochemical Cycles demonstrates how methylmercury originates in the ocean.

This afternoon, WMNF spoke with David Krabbenhoft, a research scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and a co-author of the research paper.

“Methylmercury is a specific...

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Green Cities Conference to take place next month listen

04/29/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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On May 21 and 22, the Green Cities conference will take place in Orlando. Members from the state’s business, government and community leaders will take part in discussing sustainable practices and designs.

Among those who will be at the event is Tim Center, director of Sustainable Florida with the Collins Center for Public Policy. We spoke to him today about the Green Cities Conference.

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Celebrating the Green Thumb Festival listen

04/29/09 Andrea Lypka
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The 23rd Green Thumb Festival free Earth Day and Arbor Day celebration was held in Walter Fuller Park on April 25 and 26. In its 23 year, the free family festival featured 140 exhibitors and vendors, including plant diagnostic clinic, horticultural and environmental exhibits, programs and seminars highlighting ways to landscape effectively, conserve natural resources, recycle and improve the environment.

Children's events on the stage and at the Community Center included: Hands on Planet ...

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Obama administration works to create green jobs listen

04/21/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Earlier this year, President Barack Obama appointed Van Jones as special advisor for green jobs, enterprise and innovation with the Council on Environmental Quality. Jones spoke to reporters by teleconference today about how the Obama administration plans to create jobs in renewable technologies.

Jones says President Obama will be in a closed Maytag factory in Iowa tomorrow – Earth Day. The plant is being retrofitted to produce parts of wind turbines. The federal stimulus package will he...

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