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The fight to save what is left of the Everglades listen

03/05/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Tags: The Everglades, pollution, environment, Amendment 1, water, Lake Okeechobe, Tom Van Lent, Julie Hill-Gabriel, Everglades Foundation, Audubon Society, wmnf, Rob Lorei

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In November, voters approved Amendment 1 to allocate money for environmental conservation in Florida. This brings renewed hope for the restoration of the Everglades, which has been devastated by development and pollution over the last century. Waters that once flowed in a wide river from Lake Okeechobe to the southern tip of the state have been dammed and diverted to the east and west coasts, polluting the estuaries there with agricultural pesticide run-off and starving the Everglades of wate...

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Report exposes link between dirty money and Florida's dirty waterways listen

02/25/15 Samuel Johnson
MidPoint with WMNF News Wednesday
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Tags: Enironment Florida, Buckeye, Koch, Darden Rice, Saint Petersburg, Clean Water Act, Florida Clean Water Network, pollution, EPA, Florida, water

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The advocacy group, Environment Florida, exposes top water polluters and the influence of dark money flowing into Florida in a report released today. The revelations impact local, state and federal policy makers.

On the steps of the St. Petersburg City Hall Tuesday, politicians and members of environmental organizations gathered to raise awareness of the importance of keeping the federal Clean Water Act in place.. According to the [report](http://www.environmentflorida.org/reports/fle/poll...

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The Fairness Doctrine tackles plastic shopping bag use, and the legacy of pollution at Lake Apopka

02/11/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Tags: Jennifer Sullivan, plastic bag, Friedemann Buschbeck, Mark McClure, Dale Finley Slongwhite, Lake Apopka, pollution, farm workers

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We kick off this morning's Radioactivity with another edition of the Fairness Doctrine, a debate-style segment hosted and produced by Jennifer Sullivan. Today we discuss the use of plastic shopping bags versus reusable canvas bags. arguing in favor of reusable bags is Friedemann Buschbeck of the Tampa Green Party, and for plastic bags is Mark McClure, Vice President of Operations at International Plastics Inc.

We then speak with Dale Finley Slongwhite, author of Fed Up: The High Cost of Ch...

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Jeremy Irons warns BLUE Ocean fest about pollution dangers to oceans listen

11/10/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: film, BLUE Ocean Film Festival and Conservation Summit, St. Petersburg, plastics, plastic pollution, pollution, oceans

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The BLUE Ocean Film Festival and Conservation Summit wrapped up in St. Petersburg over the weekend; Sunday night at Mahaffey Theater, actor Jeremy Irons was presented the festival’s Making Waves Award before his film Trashed was screened.

Trashed is about how over-consumption of disposable items is leading to unprecedented pollution of the air and water.

Irons was also part of a [panel discussion](http://blue2014.sched.org...

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Green Party activist wants Tampa to do away with free single-use plastic bags listen

10/29/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: plastic, plastic bags, pollution, Green Party

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Paper or plastic? That’s an old question that may have a new answer: neither. There’s a movement toward doing away with single-use bags at the grocery check-out counter with more of an emphasis on reusable bags.

WMNF News interviewed the coordinator of the local Green Party in Tampa, Friedemann Buschbeck, about a petition he’s organizing to reduce plastic bag use.

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Are tough regulations needed to save Florida's springs? listen

02/13/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: springs, pollution, EarthJustice, Florida Legislature

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Florida’s springs are in trouble. Whether it’s pollution causing algae outbreaks, or reduced flow threatening to dry up springs that have flown for decades or centuries, nearly everyone agrees something needs to be done. But there’s disagreement over what that would be.

Recently a coalition of powerful state business groups wrote a letter criticizing efforts by some Florida legislators to help reduce pollution near springs. And that has environmentalists, like David Guest, head of the Flo...

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Pat Kemp talks with Chris Costello of Sierra Club listen

11/19/13 Pat Kemp
Last Call Tuesday
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Tags: water, Chris Costello, Sierra Club, manatees, pollution, Everglades

Pat Kemp talks with Chris Costello of Sierra Club about the growing toxic blooms and pollution in waters across the state including the death of more than 700 manatees this year.

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Summer fertilizer restrictions go into effect Saturday in Tampa, Pinellas and Manatee listen

05/29/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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This Saturday is the official start of hurricane season. It’s also the unofficial beginning of the rainy season in Florida and when some local fertilizer restrictions go into effect.

Beginning June 1, residents of Pinellas and Manatee counties and the City of Tampa can’t apply phosphorous or nitrogen to their lawns.

We spoke with Nanette O’Hara, the public outreach coordinator for the Tampa Bay Estuary Program.

"On June 1st, restrictions on use and sales of lawn or landscap...

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Tampa Bay Estuary Program announces which ecosystem restoration programs it would like to see funded from BP oil disaster money listen

03/12/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The Gulf Coast will get millions of dollars for ecosystem restoration as part of fines resulting from the 2010 BP oil disaster.

A partnership of estuary protection groups and local communities has come up with a list of environmental improvement projects they hope will be funded.

One of the partners is the Tampa Bay Estuary Program and Holly Greening is their executive director.

"Last year Congress approved the Restore Act, last July. That act allows 80 percent of the Clean Water ...

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All four regions of Tampa Bay met water quality standards in 2012 listen

02/20/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The water quality in Tampa Bay continues to improve.

Tuesday the Tampa Bay Estuary Program released results of their 2012 water quality survey and for the fourth time since assessments began in 1974 all geographic regions of the bay met quality targets.

Ed Sherwood is senior scientist at Tampa Bay Estuary Program.

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