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Health foodies want labels on genetically modified foods listen

09/21/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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This month, French researchers said genetically modified corn may have caused tumors in laboratory rats. People concerned about genetically modified foods are launching a campaign for accurate labeling. At an event hosted by Food and Water Watch at a health food store in Tampa Thursday night, 40 people learned how they can persuade elected officials to introduce a law that requires labels on genetically engineered foods.

Kara Kaufman is the Tampa field director for the Let Me Decide Camp...

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Researchers witness spawning of male and female pillar coral for the first time in Florida listen

08/21/12 Olivia Kabat
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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On a recent dive near Key Largo, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation researchers witnessed a rare species of coral in the process of reproduction. This discovery marked the first documented sighting of male and female pillar coral spawning in the state of Florida.

Pillar coral are listed as threatened within the state of Florida. Kate Lunz, Associate Research Scientist for the Corals Program at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute says this finding confirms the presence of m...

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Janet Redman from SEEN talks about Rio+20 and the "green economy"

06/28/12 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View
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Janet Redman, the co-director of the Sustainable Energy & Economy Network (SEEN) project at the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS), talks about the recent Rio+20 conference in Rio de Janeiro. She discussed aspects of the new green economy and her concerns of the "green-washing" of environmental solutions. She sees the agenda as being too corporately driven and with little hope of achieving sustainable development. She noted the recent Tropical Depression Debby and the damage to Florida in ...

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How effective are Washington lobbyists at dismantling environmental regulation? listen

06/27/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Washington lobbyists are affecting regulatory legislation “in a huge way.” That’s the take of Bob Deans, associate director of communications for NRDC Action Fund.

His new book is called Reckless. The Political Assault on the American Environment.

Yesterday we aired the first half of our interview with Deans. In this second half, Deans speaks about lobbyists and about the Republi...

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Environmentalist: tearing down regulations would hurt job growth listen

06/26/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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A new book by a staff member of the Natural Resources Defense Council calls out the current Congress for its anti-regulatory obsession. Bob Deans is associate director of communications for NRDC Action Fund. His new book is called Reckless. The Political Assault on the American Environment.

Later this week on the WMNF Drive-Time News, we’...

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Rachel Harris of WEDO reports from Rio + 20

06/21/12 Marhy Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View
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Rachel Harris of the Women's Environmental Organization (WEDO) reports from Rio+20 conference in Brazil. She expressed her concerns with some of the issues in the working documents (arrived at in secret in closed meetings). She was particularly upset with the lack of mention of women 's reproductive rights being necessary for sustainability and the lack of indigenous concerns again over sustainability. Rachel felt the concerns and the solutions for the environment were being "corporately" d...

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New electric vehicle charging stations installed in St. Petersburg listen

05/09/12 Olivia Kabat
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Several electric vehicle charging stations have recently opened in St. Petersburg. Two charging stations are open at the University of South Florida’s St. Petersburg campus and ten other stations have opened throughout downtown and the Grand Central district.

Now electric vehicle motorists can charge their cars for free in St. Pete. The installation of the new charging stations creates opportunities for residents to use alternate energy sources instead of fossil fuels as a way to promot...

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Tampa City Council passes update to summertime fertilizer restrictions listen

04/20/12 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tampa has an ordinance that restricts the sale and use of fertilizer during the summer months to cut down on water pollution. Thursday the council unanimously made minor changes to that ordinance.

The city council chamber was full of citizens and members of interest groups wearing pink stickers. The stickers reminded the council that they agree with the fertilizer ordinance and that it shouldn’t be watered down. The ordinance is intended to in...

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Sarasota County promotes environmental awareness about Florida’s seagrass meadows listen

03/28/12 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Environmentally engaged volunteers are acquainting the public to the importance of Florida’s unique animals and plants. At an event for seagrass Awareness Month in Siesta Key, organizers said protecting and preserving Florida’s coastal regions starts at the grassroots level.

The volunteers, calling themselves, “beach ambassadors,” have adopted a simple goal. They serve residents who are interested in knowing mor...

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Sea level rise expected to impact Tampa Bay area listen

03/15/12 Kelly Benjamin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Scientists predict that because of warming oceans and melting glaciers, sea levels will continue to rise, threatening coastal cities and habitats. On Wednesday environmental and planning groups held a workshop in St. Pete Beach on the coming effects of sea level rise on the Tampa Bay area.

The Florida Nature Conservancy held the meeting in conjunction with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program and the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council. The workshop presented the findings from studies looking at ...

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