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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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EPA: Greenhouse gases may endanger public health listen

04/17/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Today the Environmental Protection Agency “issued a proposed finding that greenhouse gases contribute to air pollution that may endanger public health or welfare.”

Six of the gases that contribute to climate change were included in the EPA’s proposed endangerment finding: carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, hydrofluorocarbons, perflurocarbons and sulfur hexafluoride.

The EPA said “the science clearly shows that concentrations of these gases are at unprecedented levels as a...

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Spring EcoFest held at McGough Nature Park listen

04/14/09 Andrea Lypka
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The Spring EcoFest was held on April 11 at McGough Nature Park and featured something for everyone: nature walks, music, free tree give-a-way, environmental presentations and live wildlife demonstrations.

The nature center housed live animal exhibits. Children could do arts and crafts, hunt for Easter eggs, and learn about eco-friendly activities. Representatives from environmentally friendly businesses and organizations provided information on ways to help protect the environment.

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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 ...

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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 Marian...

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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 Ag...

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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...

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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 Pr...

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