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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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Effect of oil drilling in the gulf

06/18/08 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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As John McCain and Florida Gov. Charlie Crist change positions and call for expanded offshore oil and gas drilling, we look at the environmental consequences.

Anthony Amos is an instructor at the Marine Science Institute at the University of Texas at Austin, Port Aransas. For 30 years, he has observed the effect of deep-sea oil drilling along the Texas coast. In this interview he described the range of pollution he's observed.

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Bush: Lift ban on offshore oil drilling listen

06/18/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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President Bush called on Congress today to lift a 26-year-old ban on oil drilling off the shores of the United States, arguing that the country needs more domestic energy production to alter the circumstances that are driving up oil prices.

Speaking in the White House Rose Garden, Bush said if Congress removes the ban it first imposed in 1982, he would lift an executive order that also prohibits drilling for oil and gas on the U.S. outer continental shelf. That executive order was issued i...

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Will Clam Bayou be dredged? listen

06/02/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Last month the Gulfport City Council passed a resolution asking the Southwest Florida Water Management District (Swiftmud) to dredge parts of Clam Bayou. But many citizens oppose the idea of removing sediment from such a large portion of the estuary.

This morning, Swiftmud employees, members of the Pinellas-Anclote River Basin Board and city officials toured the navigable portions of Clam Bayou by boat.

The Gulfport City Council’s only vote against the resolution calling for large-sc...

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Businesses who reduce pollution lauded listen

05/29/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The Tampa Bay Clean Air Partnership (CAP) is an air-quality initiative geared toward reducing vehicle exhaust and traffic congestion. Today at the InterContinental Hotel in Tampa’s Westshore district, CAP held a lunchtime ceremony to honor organizations committed to reducing the air pollution generated by transportation.

The Environmental Protection Commission of Hillsborough County is one of the two groups that formed CAP in 2002, and Rick Garrity is their executive director. The other...

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Business leaders fight climate change listen

05/15/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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A new television ad campaign will feature 30-second clips of companies that have made changes to their businesses to reduce their impact on global warming.

The ads are being produced by the Environmental Defense Fund and the Florida Wildlife Federation. Patrick Detcher, a consultant with the Tallahassee Antique Car Museum, said the museum contains one of the largest collections of classic cars in the state. It also is outfitted with the largest solar array in the state, with 50 kilowatts...

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