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Rock Mining: An economic asset, or environmental hazard? listen

01/26/10 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Florida’s economy is known for its housing market, which takes tons of concrete to maintain. Roads that span the state also require limestone for construction, but environmentalists say there’s a high cost of mining the rocks for housing and highway projects.

Swamp lands in South Florida are cheap. They aren’t ideal for commercial development, and no one can build a house on wetlands. The wetlands also provide a pristine aquatic resource, but limestone reserves held deep beneath the...


Rock Mines threaten Everglades Restoration Plans listen

01/25/10 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Limestone rock mining in Florida provides critical components for housing and highway construction. But environmentalists have some concrete concerns as rock mining impacts the Florida Aquifers and Everglades restoration.

Earlier this month Obama administration officials attended a groundbreaking ceremony for the Picayune Strand Restoration project. It will attempt to restore a natural water flow th...

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Authentic and sustainable destinations in Florida and around the world listen

11/13/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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When you travel, do you look for destinations that have a predictable and homogeneous appearance and feel, or do you gravitate toward locations with a unique environment and authentic history?

If you fall into the latter category, a newly-updated list of destinations might give you some ideas. The current edition of National Geographic Traveler rates 133 worldwide destinations, including three in Florida, for ...

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New biography Of Everglades champion Marjorie Stoneman Douglas

04/23/09 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Good afternoon, welcome to Radioactivity, I’m Rob Lorei.

Our guest today has written the first comprehensive biography of Marjorie Stoneman Douglas.

Douglas was the long time Miami resident who championed Everglades protection and was Florida’s leading environmentalist for most of the 20th Century. Douglas was also a suffragist, a supporter of the Equal Rights Amendment and a champion of social justice.

Her book entitled The Everglades: River of Grass, published in 1947, served...

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