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Tampa City Council close to approving Urban Forest Management Plan to protect trees listen

11/14/13 Se
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: Tampa, Tampa City Council, urban forest, Urban Forest Management Plan, Harry Cohen, trees, environment

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Tampa City Council could soon accept an Urban Forest Management Plan.

"From our point of view, what's so exciting about this is that as we work through the different land use applications that come through the idea that staff will have been able to work with people to determine exactly what the right trees are to go in the right place. Councilman Suarez talked a lot about wind but you know there were things in here about salt tolerance, drought tolerance and it's really just terrific tha...

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Big oil plans for cleanup after frequent spills listen

11/14/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: BP, oil spill, Deepwater Horizon, environment, drilling, Oil, fossil fuels, Gulf of Mexico

Oil industry professionals are learning about new technologies for spill prevention and response. A conference hosting big oil and companies that respond to spills is going on at the Tampa Convention Center this week.

The hundreds of people attending the three-day conference are also taking it as an opportunity to network with other companies. Gwen Keenan is the director of emergency response for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

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U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor applauds oil recycling start-up at Port of Tampa listen

11/06/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: kathy castor, NexLube, Oil, recycling, environment, economic development, Port of Tampa

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The first oil recycling business in Florida is scheduled to open by next summer. During a press conference Wednesday at the Port of Tampa where work has already begun on the $120 million NexLube facility, U.S. Representative Kathy Castor said the project will create 800 construction jobs.

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There's hope for climate change in Florida says environmentalist listen

09/26/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: environment, water, global warming, climate change, Stetson, estuaries, John Kostyak

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Studies show that parts of South Florida have already seen 9 inches of sea level rise with another one to two feet predicted by 2060. The head of the National Wildlife Federation, John Kostyack, spoke to students at Stetson University College of Law Thursday about what has been done to preserve sensitive areas and habitats as well as what still needs to be done.

Kostyack is a legal advocate of Endangered Species Act policy and works to protec...

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Gulf of Mexico RESTORE Act public meeting kicks off in Tampa listen

06/25/13 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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It’s been more than three years since the Deepwater Horizon spewed millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. The states along the Gulf are poised to rebuild thanks in part to their membership in the Gulf of Mexico Alliance, GOMA. In Tampa at the 8th annual meeting of GOMA more than 200 business people and government employees are sharing ideas about the recovery efforts.

In 2012 the US Congress passed the Resources and Ecosystems Sustainabi...

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USF environmentalists call for divestment from dirty energy listen

05/06/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The Student Environmental Association, or SEA, at USF wants the school to divest from dirty energy and fossil fuels. Last month the group held its first summit where leaders educated other students about what divestment is and why it’s important. Kirsti Martinez is first year student and member of SEA.

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St. Pete groups ready to lobby officials for improved curbside recycling program listen

04/16/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The city of St. Petersburg doesn’t offer free curbside recycling to residents; some community-based groups are pulling together to change that. The League of Women Voters of St. Petersburg has hired a consultant to look into the feasibility of universal curbside recycling in the city. The group’s president, Karen Coale, announced the results during a press conference in front of City Hall Tuesday morning.

“Curbside recycling is the norm throughout all of the other 49 populated cities i...

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St. Pete group wants city to offer free curbside recycling listen

03/25/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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St. Petersburg residents have to pay $45 a year if they want their recyclables picked up curbside. The League of Women Voters of St. Petersburg wants to change that. Karen Coale, the chapter’s president, will kick off an effort called the People’s Trash Monday night at Studio@620 in downtown.

"It is a new campaign for this year that's kicking off tonight. The League of Women Voter's is probably most known for our voter registration and voter education but we also look at issues; natio...

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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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Environmental group could sue to protect two Florida species from the dangers of sea level rise listen

02/22/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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An environmental group hopes the threat of a lawsuit could help to protect two Florida species that face threats because of rising sea level.

Wednesday the Center for Biological Diversity sent a letter of intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for not adequately protecting a bird known as the MacGillivray’s seaside sparrow and a reptile called the Florida Keys mole skink.

Jaclyn Lopez is a staff attorney with the Center for Biological Diversity’s office in St. Petersburg. ...

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