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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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Volunteers install man-made oyster reefs in Tampa Bay listen

03/09/12 Liz McKibbon
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Oyster habitats benefit the overall Tampa Bay estuary. A group of volunteers and a local nonprofit are creating structures for new oyster communities to thrive in the Bay near Riverview. The group bagged more than 8.5 tons of fossilized shells at the Shultz Nature Preserve today.

About 50 volunteers arrived at Williams Park boat ramp this morning at 9:00, ready to provide helping hands to create new man-made oyster beds. Volunteers were from a range of ages, with a mix of first time volun...

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Greenpeace ship brings message opposing dirty coal to St. Pete listen

02/27/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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A brand new ship built for Greenpeace with sustainability in mind stopped off in St. Petersburg this weekend. The crew of the Rainbow Warrior III is on their maiden voyage to Rio de Janeiro to combat environmental crimes like illegal timber harvesting in the Amazon. But during their stay at the Port of St. Petersburg, Greenpeace spokesperson David Pomerantz welco...

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Experts discuss New York State Attorney's fracking lawsuit against the Army Corps of Engineers listen

02/17/12 Liz McKibbon
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Hydrofracking is the process of extracting natural gas from shale rock under the Earth’s surface. The New York State Attorney General is bringing charges against the Army Corps of Engineers to crack down on the lack of regulation of the process known as fracking. Two of the main players spoke about the lawsuit to students, faculty and members of the public at Stetson Law yesterday.

Mauricio Roma is a geologist who works on the case ...

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Saving Sarasota Watershed from sea level rise and stormwater; preserving economy listen

02/17/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Sarasota’s rapidly changing population makes it difficult to keep up with preserving its watershed. At a three-day symposium that concluded today, professionals in different fields reviewed ways to pick up the pace for the county’s biggest attractor.

The threat of sea level rise has environmentalists worried about damage to homes, roadways, and anything else along coastal areas. Sarasota’s fresh water habitats could also be contaminated by encro...

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Two years after the BP spill, how does oil drilling sit with Florida voters on eve of GOP primary? listen

01/30/12 Kelly Benjamin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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It's been less than two years since the BP oil spill gushed millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico in One of the worst environmental disasters in US history. As Republican voters in Florida decide tomorrow which of the GOP candidates they prefer as their presidential nominee, we look at the candidates’ stances on gulf oil drilling and whether the BP oil spill still weighs heavily in the minds of voters in the sunshine state.

Last week, The U.S. Department of the Interior anno...

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