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Climate change impacts public health. listen

02/12/10 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Climate change affects the world in many ways, but one of the least discussed problems arises from its impact on public health. George Luber is the Associate Director for Climate Change for the National Center for Environmental Health, at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Luber said such a complex system as the Earth’s climate deserves better understanding. Luber says climate change could cause widespread adverse public health effects.

*From the direct effects of severe he...

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Cold weather continues, and so does the threat of climate change. listen

02/11/10 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Does the recent cold snap prove global warming is wrong? Not according to Lonnie Thompson, an adviser to Al Gore’s film, An Inconvenitent Truth. He spoke at the University of South Florida in Tampa today

Rising seas aren’t the best forecast for the Tampa Bay Area, when so much of the local economy depends on the port and other waterfront activity. But scientists are urging the public not to let the climate change get out of hand. Lonnie Thompson was consulted for his extensive resea...

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A look inside Islam listen

01/19/10 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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A new civil rights group for Muslims sponsored a showing of the new film “Inside Islam: What a billion Muslims really think.” The film was at USF in Tampa last Saturday night, and was designed to challenge the notion that Islam and the West are on a collision course.

Muslims in 40 countries participated in a Gallup public opinion poll that showed what Muslims think about the most controversial issues surrounding their religion. Last Saturday hundreds of people attended the film at USF...

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Skip Holtz steps down from East Carolina to replace Jim Leavitt as USF head coach listen

01/14/10 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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East Carolina coach Skip Holtz will be the next head coach for the USF Bulls, accepting USF’s offer this morning. The University has been looking for a coach since firing Jim Leavitt last Friday. The lawyer for USF football player Joel Miller is asking Ex-USF football coach Jim Leavitt to apologize for hitting him, the move that cost Leavitt his job. Miller’s legal team held a press conference today at their d...

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Leavitt strikes back at USF over firing listen

01/11/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Today, former University of South Florida head football coach Jim Leavitt struck back. He says USF had no justification for firing him Friday because he never choked and slapped a football player at halftime of a game in November. “Absolutely not. Absolutely not. I’ve said that from day one.”

USF also suggests that Leavitt participated in a cover-up or interference with witnesses. But during an emotional six-minute sp...

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USF student group aims to help students say goodbye to plastic bottles listen

11/23/09 Lisa Marzilli
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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A group of enterprising students at the University of South Florida is working on a project that could potentially keep millions of plastic bottles out of landfills and save a million dollars a year.

The members of Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) plan to have filtering systems installed on some the Tampa campus’s most popular water fountains.

The idea has also attracted the attention of retail giant Wal-Mart which gave the project a $6,000 grant. Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton also...

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USF hosts second US-Dutch dialogue on climate change listen

11/18/09 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Mitigating the effects of climate change, such as potential drought and sea level rise is a concern for planners in both the U.S. and the Netherlands. Today at USF, representatives from both countries shared strategies on how to reduce greenhouse gases, adapt for potential salt water intrusion, and make sure coastal communities are resilient and sustainable.

The Netherlands has the world’s largest flood protection project, which means its expertise could be valuable for Americans. Esth...

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Drilling forum in Gulfport draws large crowd listen

11/06/09 Matthew Cimitile & Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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In Gulfport last night, the public piled into a town hall meeting on drilling for fossil fuels off the coast of Florida. It was billed as a meeting about one of the most important decisions impacting Florida’s future. Scientists, politicians and advocates gave arguments for and against a controversial proposal that would open up Florida’s Gulf coastline to gas and oil exploration as close as three to five miles from shore. Florida House Representative Rick Kriseman, a Democrat from St. Pe...

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Draper Laboratory opens at USF Tampa listen

10/26/09 Concetta DeLuco
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The University of South Florida, Tampa is one new home of Draper Laboratory. With some of Hillsborough County’s elite in attendance, a red ribbon ceremony was held this afternoon to welcome Draper to their new location on the USF Campus.

Draper Laboratory was welcomed by USF President Judy Genshaft today at its ceremonial opening. At its new location, Draper will be conducting bio-medical research that Genshaft described as a perfect fit for the university.

Among the many Hillsboro...

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High Speed Rail Panel At USF Green Expo Friday listen

10/09/09 Arielle Stevenson
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The University of South Florida hosted the second annual Going Green Tampa Bay Expo Friday in Tampa. Hundreds descended upon USF’s Marshall Center to learn more about sustainable technologies.

One of the many workshops presented was on hot button issue High Speed Rail. Anasi Hedad is an engineer with the Florida Department of Transportation. He has been working on producing a working high speed rail system in Florida for over thirty years.

The state’s application for 8 billion do...

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