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Sustainable business awards include controversial picks listen

10/10/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The annual Global Earth Charter Community Summit and Earth Scouts Festival will be held tomorrow at the University of Tampa. As a prelude, today the university hosted the First Annual Earth Charter Sustainable Business Awards Ceremony to recognize local businesses committed to social, economic and environmental responsibility.

The Earth Charter Summit is based on a document that, according to its website, promotes a sustainable world through “Human Rights, Elimination of Poverty, Promot...

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Wanted: Stories and photos about global warming listen

10/08/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Kevin Knobloch is president of the Union of Concerned Scientists.

Penguin Classics is partnering with the Union of Concerned Scientists to encourage all aspiring writers and photographers to submit their personal stories and images about global warming for publication in a new online book, Thoreau's Legacy: American Stories about Global Warming. It will be published in 2009 along with a limited-edition hardcover version.

Last week, Knobloch spoke to WMNF about the project.

To submi...

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Management plan offered for Brooker Creek

08/07/08 Concetta DeLuco
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Today the Pinellas County Board of Commissioners met in Clearwater to approve plans for the Brooker Creek Preserve. Deciding what to do with the publicly owned land located in the northeast corner of Pinellas County has been an issue of controversy over the past few years.

Currently, the 7,960 acres of Brooker Creek exists as a wilderness area that provides refuge to several endangered plants such as the Catesby lily as well as a unique collection of wildlife that ranges from bobcats to sw...

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EPC adopts wetlands hybrid solution listen

07/17/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Thirteen months ago, Hillsborough County Commissioners voted to eliminate the wetlands division of the Environmental Protection Commission (EPC). But environmental activists fought to save the wetlands regulatory arm of the EPC against some developers and agricultural interests who wanted it gutted.

Today, in their role as the EPC board, the County Commissioners unanimously approved a hybrid plan that was suggested last August to save the wetlands division but streamline permitting in wha...

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ELAPP will be on November’s ballot listen

07/16/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Hillsborough County Commissioners today approved placing a referendum on November’s ballot asking residents whether the county should continue to purchase environmentally sensitive lands.

If approved by more than 50 percent of voters on Nov. 4, Hillsborough’s Environmental Lands Acquisition and Protection Program (ELAPP) will allow the county to spend up to $200 million to purchase and preserve sensitive lands.

Environmental activist Mariella Smith, a member of the ELAPP general c...

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Scientists: Act now to save coral reefs listen

07/11/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The International Coral Reef Symposium (ICRS) is a gathering of the world’s coral reef scientists and managers that happens only once every four years. This year, the conference was in the United States for the first time since 1977. Three-thousand researchers convened in Ft. Lauderdale on Monday for the meeting that wrapped up today.

ICRS participant Kent Carpenter warned that up to a third of the world’s coral species are in danger of extinction. Carpenter made that claim as lead au...

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EPA report on emissions still not released listen

07/03/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Earlier this week, reporters for Dow Jones and the Wall Street Journal wrote about an "intense private battle" that had broken out between the Bush White House’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over the publication of a document that could become the legal roadmap for the regulation of greenhouse gas emissions.

The story reported that OMB had asked the EPA to delete sections of the document that say such emissions endanger public welf...

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Community activists meet in St. Petersburg

06/27/08 Jamie Kidder
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday

Make Art Not War is a group of local artists and activists dedicated to working together to build bridges among the community. Last night, they held a free concert at Cafe Bohemia in St. Petersburg.

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Pinellas indian mound restored listen

06/27/08 Doris Norrito
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday

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Thanks to community action and University of South Florida archaeologists and anthropology students, a state treasure built by some of Pinellas County’s earliest residents, the Tocobaga Indians, is being assured of its legacy.

The Pinellas Mound is an ancient Native American temple mound built over a thousand years ago. This morning community leaders, archaeologists and anthropology students, neighbors and friends took the final step in protecting the site by planting native Florida pla...

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Report on Hillsborough environment sees red listen

06/19/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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This morning, the Environmental Protection Commission, or EPC, of Hillsborough County received the annual State of the Environment Report and heard how the commission will trim $820,000 from its budget.

EPC Executive Director Rick Garrity presented the 2007 State of the Environment Report to EPC board members, who are also Hillsborough County commissioners. Garrity said many of the county’s waters have been declared impaired by the state or federal government, which are indicated by red ...

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