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Cuban, American, and Mexican scientists meet in Sarasota to discuss BP disaster & science in the Gulf listen

09/28/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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It’s been nearly fifty years since the start of the U.S. embargo against Cuba. Most people can’t exactly catch a plane to Habana, but scientific study of the body of water the two countries share might help break the stalemate. In a room overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway at Sarasota’s Mote Marine Lab, Wayne Smith of the Center for International policy makes a compelling point.

The audience consists mostly of scientists from the U.S., Cuba, and Mexico. Smith says relations have be...

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Greenpeace Launches Expedition to Study Impacts of Gulf Oil Spill listen

08/11/10 Allie Wilkinson
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The environmental organization Greenpeace wants to uncover the true extent of the oil disaster in the Gulf. They’re launching a three-month research expedition from St. Petersburg.

Greenpeace and several academic institutions are setting course to sample the waters and marine life of the Gulf aboard their “Arctic Sunrise” research vessel. They think there’s no truth to the recent news that most oil from the Deepwater Horizon disaster has been eliminated. Dan Howells is the Greenpea...

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USF marine scientists confirm underwater plumes are dispersed from BP well listen

07/23/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Researchers from the University of South Florida’s College of Marine Science in St. Petersburg say they have the first proof that dispersed oil below the surface of the Gulf came from BP’s Deepwater Horizon Well.

The USF researchers say they have used a “chemical fingerprinting process” to identify the source of subsurface clouds of “degraded underwater oil”

"Essentially we found two layers. The first layer was two miles long by six miles wide, by about 100 feet deep. The s...

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Crist allows interim property assessments to help homeowners affected by BP disaster listen

07/21/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Gov. Charlie Crist has taken a step to reduce property taxes for homeowners in counties affected by the BP oil disaster. In an executive order today, Crist said it would apply to the 26 Florida counties that are currently under a state of emergency, including Pinellas and Hillsborough counties.

"I have not asked BP's permission to dot his. we got it from the Constitution."

Crist says the interim property assessments will help homeowners file claims for economic damages against BP.

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Obama calls temporary cap on oil gusher good news listen

07/16/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Yesterday BP began testing its new well cap that has temporarily stopped oil from gushing into the Gulf of Mexico. This morning at the White House, President Barack Obama met with members of the press to give an update on progress on the cap.

“Now, our scientists and outside experts have met through the night and continue this morning to analyze the data from the well integrity test. What they're working to determine is whether we can safely shut in the well using the new cap withou...

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Gov Crist calls special session to ban oil drilling in Florida waters listen

07/08/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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"I feel a compelling duty to protect Florida. I'm going to be governor for about six more months, and I think I would not be doing my duty as governor if I didn't call for this special session."

This afternoon, Florida Governor Charlie Crist announced that he is calling the state Legislature back into a special session later this month. At a press conference, Crist said he hopes they will draft a state Constitutional amendment that, if passed by voters in November, would ban fossil fuel d...

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Documnentary filmmakers discuss new film on BP oil disaster in Southern Louisiana

07/06/10 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Coming up an interview with Loyola University (Chicago) film makers Elizabeth Coffman and Ted Hardin. they are making a documentary on southern Louisiana, "Veins in the Gulf." The documentary features Louisiana poet (and former University of Tampa professor) Martha Serpas who has served as their guide and narrator for the last eight years as they talk with Estuary program directors, musicians, writers, local politicians, and radio hosts who have worked to save the southern Louisiana coastli...

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Meek supports Constitutional ban on offshore drilling in Florida waters listen

07/02/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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In dozens of countries and all fifty states last Saturday, people came together to join Hands Across the Sand to oppose offshore oil drilling and to support renewable energy.

At one event in St. Petersburg, WMNF spoke with U.S. Representative Kendrick Meek who says he supports amending the Florida Constitution to forbid drilling in state waters.

"Well I'm in support of standing with Floridians on this whole issue of offshore oil drilling. It's important that we don't expand it, especi...

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Volunteers Plant Hope listen

07/01/10 Andrea Lypka
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The BP oil spill approaching Florida’s shores did not deter the community in St. Pete Beach from continuing its long-term natural beach erosion control project. About 150 volunteers, equipped with gloves and hand shovels, planted 5,000 sea oat seedlings to protect the beach and prevent beach erosion.

Carol Walker says that the sea oat seedlings give her hope. “I did this last year, I have been watching the growth of those we planted last year and it is very exciting to watch. I get in...

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Voices from Gandy Hands Across the Sand listen

06/28/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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In addition to St. Pete Beach, more than 160 Hands Across The Sand participants gathered on the beach on the St. Pete side of the Gandy bridge. These are the voices of just a few of those:

Michelle Cookson from Tampa who works in advertising and marketing:

"I am here today as i was on February the 13th for the first Hands Across the Sand event, because I love the ocean. I love the natural environment. I love the state of Florida. But most importantly i...

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