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Craft beer enthusiasts hook up with environmentalists to call for clean water in Florida listen

04/01/15 Seán Kinane
MidPoint with WMNF News Wednesday
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Tags: Beer, craft beer, St. Petersburg, Darden Rice, environment, water

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A new alliance between environmentalists and craft beer enthusiasts has formed to protect clean water and to call on the Florida legislature to act; they argue that microbreweries need pure water to brew the best beer.

The alliance between craft beer enthusiasts and environmentalists is calling for a ban on fracking in Florida and for the Environmental Protection Agency to enforce Clean Water Act protections for state waterways.

Tuesday night at [3 Daughters Brewing](http://3dbrewing....

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Coal Industry challenges EPA pollution standards in the Supreme Court, and WEDU's Florida this week listen

03/30/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)
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Tags: environment, EPA, coal industry, Mercury and Air Toxin Standards, MATS, Jim Pew, Florida This Week, Amendment 1, budget, population growth, Jim Davis, Wilton Simpson, Susan Macmanus, Ernest Hooper, wmnf, Rob Lorei

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We start off this morning's radioactivity with an important US Supreme Court case that has flown underneath the media's radar. Last week the Court heard arguments on whether to keep EPA-set limits on mercury pollution caused by coal power plants. The Mercury and Air Toxin Standards (MATS) that were issued by the EPA in 2011 not only set limits on mercury emissions but other toxic metals and gases that are serious pollutants. The coal industry has fought the impleme...

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At Eckerd College, Vandana Shiva speaks about "Making Peace with the Earth" listen

03/10/15 Seán Kinane
MidPoint with WMNF News Tuesday
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Tags: environment, Vandana Shiva, Eckerd College, St. Petersburg

Vandana Shiva has been active for decades in the environmental and global democracy movements. She spoke Monday night at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg about "Making Peace with the Earth."

Here is the full audio of her speech:

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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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Environmentalists fight to save pristine Florida forest listen

12/04/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: Earth First, Everglades Earth First, Occupy Tampa, Bailey Riley, environment, Development, Palm Beach County, Scripps

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Environmental groups in South Florida are fighting to save a pristine forest that’s being clear-cut for high-tech development; there has already been civil disobedience trying to slow or stop the destruction of the Briger Forest in Palm Beach County.

There are protests planned for the next two Fridays, December 5 and 12.

To find out about the issue, WMNF in...

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A look at the struggle between the feds and Florida for regulation of some state waters listen

12/03/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: water, EPA, Environment Florida, Florida, environment

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It’s still an open question: who will regulate hundreds of small waterways and wetlands in Florida; will it be the federal EPA or the state?

To look at the history of the controversy and what the near future might hold, WMNF spoke with Jennifer Rubiello, a field organizer with Environment Florida.

According to a press release, Senator Bill Nelson's staff issued the following statement at Tuesday morning’s news conference:

“Florida’s tourism economy, fisheries and natural resources ...

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Florida environmental land group holds rare meeting in Bradenton listen

12/02/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: environment, Amendment 1, ELAPP, Hillsborough County, Manatee County, Bradenton

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update, 5 December 2014: Mariella Smith tells us:

'Not a single one of the ten members of Florida’s Acquisition and Restoration Council (ARC) showed up for their twice-yearly “Regional Public Meeting”'

If you’re concerned about which environmentally sensitive lands in Florida should be protected with funds from recently passed Amendment 1, there’s a little known meeting wh...

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Florida residents asked how to spend $4 million for marine research after BP oil disaster listen

10/31/14 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: BP oil spill, environment, RESTORE Act, Madeira Beach, marine, Florida Institute of Oceanography, Audubon, Transocean

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Florida will receive $4 million for research as part of the Transocean settlement after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil disaster.

Thursday night at Madeira Beach City Hall, residents had an opportunity to say how they want that money spent. Eight people showed up for the forum to give their input.

Congress passed the Restore Act to compensate the states around the Gulf of Mexico that were affected by the BP oil disaster....

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Environmentalists plan to march on Rick Scott's beachfront home Saturday listen

10/15/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: water, Rick Scott, Naples, environment

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Environmentalists concerned about clean water will march on Governor Rick Scott’s beachfront home this weekend in southwest Florida.

The “It's All About the Water” march begins at the Naples Pier Saturday at 4:00 p.m.

Last week I interviewed Karen Dwyer, cofounder of the Stone Crab Alliance, about the upcoming march.

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Water management district seeks input on minimum water flows and levels listen

10/01/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: SWFWMD, water, rivers, streams, lakes, ecology, environment

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To make sure the ecologies of the region’s freshwater rivers, lakes and wetlands stay in balance, the Southwest Florida Water Management District sets minimum flows and levels, then makes sure too much water isn’t taken out.

In a workshop Wednesday night, SWFWMD is asking for public input in setting those levels. Doug Leeper is their chief advisory environmental scientist.

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