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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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TV ad campaigning on climate change begins listen

05/14/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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A new television ad campaign advocating for combating climate change begins airing today throughout Florida.

The campaign is being sponsored by two environmental groups who have recruited a dozen business and community leaders.

Jay Liles is a policy consultant with the Florida Wildlife Federation. He says that his group can do all the advocating in the world, but it won’t have as much impact as the businesss community embracing climate change.

Gerry Karnas is the Florida climate...

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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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