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St. Johns River on most threatened list listen

04/18/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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A conservation group yesterday included the St. Johns River on its annual list of the most threatened rivers in the nation.

American Rivers said the state’s longest river could be robbed of much of its water in a misguided attempt to quench “the unending thirst of out of control development “ in Florida.

Andrew Fahlund is vice president for Conservation at American Rivers. He told WMNF why taking the water out of the St. John’s would be so calamitous.

Read the report at [Ame...

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Wal-mart on Anclote River draws opposition

04/17/08 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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On Saturday, April 19, 2008, from 2 to 8 p.m. there will be a Music Benefit to help local groups that are fighting plans by Wal-Mart to build a new superstore on the banks of the Anclote River in Tarpon Springs. It will be held at The Zone, 121 E. Tarpon Ave. in Tarpon Springs. For information, call (727) 367-3592.

Music by: TC Carr, Pete Merrigan, Julie Black, Tom Scudiero, The Donny Simonds Band, Bleu Gravy, Chris Brudy, the Local Yokuls, Keith Hope, Barney and The Tall Boys, Jay...

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Conservative case for environmentalism

04/09/08 Robert Lorei
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Coming up today we’ll hear about a new book by conservative icon Newt Gingrich about his support for a variety of environmental initiatives.

Later we’ll open up the phone lines.

First up, a listener comment about yesterday’s interview with Bernard Lafayette a civil rights pioneer who worked with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Newt Gingrich, the conservative former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, has co-written a book called A Contract with the Earth. It aims to conv...

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Lowes receives change for Tarpon Springs store listen

04/08/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Pinellas County Commissioners today disregarded the recommendations of their staff and the staff of the Pinellas Planning Council (PPC) by unanimously approving a change in the county’s land use plan.

The amendment will allow construction of a Lowe’s big box hardware store on property previously zoned for industry on U.S. 19 in Tarpon Springs. Lowe’s will be required to spend about $4-million on traffic changes on the site.

David Healy, executive director of the PPC, told Commissi...

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Poll: Politicians should fight global warming listen

04/04/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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A new poll released today shows broad support across all parties for federal legislation requiring cuts in global warming pollution to combat climate change.

The survey, conducted by Republican pollster Whit Ayres, found that a majority of voters of all political persuasions want Republicans to work with Democrats.

Jerry Karnas, Florida Climate Project Director with the Environmental Defense Fund, says the results show that Floridians of all stripes want leaders who want to proactively...

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Unprecedented campaign begins against global warming listen

03/31/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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In what is being called one of the most ambitious and expensive public advocacy campaigns in U.S. history, former Vice President Al Gore this week will launch a $300-million campaign designed to mobilize citizens to push for major reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.

The campaign will be run by Gore’s Alliance for Climate Protection, which he helped create a year ago. Cathy Zoi is the CEO for the Alliance for Climate Protection. Prior to that, Zoi spent two decades in the energy a...

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Paul Ehrlich Speaks in St. Petersburg listen

03/26/08 Jamie Kidder
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Paul Ehrlich is the Bing Professor of Population Studies at Stanford University. He spoke in last night about how population growth impacts our world.

Ehrlich was at the Mahaffey Theatre in St. Petersburg last night to talk about his new book, The Dominant Animal. In it, he describes the rise of human beings to the most dominant species on the planet, and discusses what we can do to reverse the negative impact humanity has had on the planet.

According to Ehrlich, the rise to dominance...

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Mine expansion plan gets green light listen

03/11/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Hillsborough County Commissioners today approved the biggest change in mining boundaries in Hillsborough County in more than a decade.

The Mosaic Fertilizer phosphate company hopes to add more than 1,500 acres to its approximately 25 square mile mine near the four corners where Hillsborough, Polk, Hardee and Manatee counties meet.

There has been considerable opposition to the plan from residents and Tampa Bay Water, who wants the company to test for heavy metals at its new mining site....

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Sustainable Living: Grow more vegetables

03/10/08 Robert Lorei and Jon Butts
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Today's interview is with Steve Moore of the Center for Environmental Farming Systems at North Carolina State University. He discussed "bio-intensive" farming practices.

For more information, email cefs@ncsu.edu.

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Mosaic Phosphate responds to mine protesters

03/06/08 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Today we welcome David Townsend and Dee Allen of Mosaic Phosphate; they are here to respond to several neighbors who are opposed to expansion of Mosaic’s mining operation near the four corners area where Hillsborough, Polk, Hardee and Manatee counties meet. We heard from those neighbors last Thursday on this program.

The Hillsborough County Commission will discuss the expansion next Tuesday.

For more information, visit www.fipr.org.

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