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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service lists gopher tortoise as candidate for Endangered Species Act protection listen

07/26/11 Olivia Kabat
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The gopher tortoise is being listed as a candidate for protection under the Endangered Species Act in the eastern portion of its range, including Florida. But, the ecologically important reptile won’t be considered a full-fledged endangered species because of a funding shortfall.

In January of 2006 environmental groups filed a petition to list the gopher tortoise as threatened under the Endangered Species Act in the eastern part of its range. In 2009 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service c...

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Water restrictions will continue in greater Tampa Bay region listen

07/26/11 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Despite rain this month, there’s still serious doubt about the Tampa Bay region’s ability to manage the recent drought. Today, the Southwest Florida Water Management District, or SWFWMD decided to continue water restrictions in order to maintain the regional water supply.

Robyn Felix is a spokesperson with SWFWMD. She says the water restrictions will continue across all 16 counties because the lack of water during the previous year continues to impact water resources.

For the last ...

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ELAPP members remain optimistic about land preservation in Hillsborough despite state cuts listen

07/21/11 Aaron Dalley
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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On Monday, the board for Hillsborough County’s Environmental Land Acquisition and Protection Program, or ELAPP, met for the first time since the new Florida state budget took effect. In that budget, $305 million of environmental land acquisition money was eliminated. But ELAPP board members remain hopeful. Forest Turbiville, section manager for regional parks and conservation services in Hillsborough County, said the cuts are affecting partnering agencies more.

"The cutting of Florida F...

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Two activists tree-sit to oppose mountaintop removal coal mining in WV listen

07/20/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Two activists in West Virginia are using a risky tactic to try to stop a mountaintop removal coal mining operation. Becks Kolins and Catherine-Ann MacDougal are sitting on platforms in trees about 80 feet above the ground within 100 yards of active blasting from a mine on Coal River Mountain. Charles Suggs is a former Tampa Bay resident and is a volunteer with the RAMPS Campaign.

Suggs adds that Alpha Natural Resources is blasting dangerously close to a sludge ...

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Open phones to discuss results of 2011 Legislative session

05/09/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)

Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Today we'll open the phone lines and get your comments about the state legislative session which ended early in the morning this past Saturday.

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Assessing the damage of the 2011 FL Legislative session with USF St. Pete Professor Darryl Paulson

05/06/11 Lisa Marzilli, Beth Bell
Last Call Friday
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The 2011 Florida legislative session, scheduled to end Friday, reportedly progressed into the wee hours of Saturday morning and ended with GOP lawmakers turning on themselves. The St. Petersburg Times says "It was a rocky end to one of the most ambitious and ideological sessions in modern history..."

To help us better comprehend the relentless, 60 day GOP assault on women's rights, worker's rights, voting rights, healthcare, education and the environment we are joined on Friday's Last Ca...

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EarthFirst fights to save Florida forest from biotech development listen

04/08/11 Kelly Benjamin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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In South Florida, a battle is brewing between environmental activists and biotech company Scripps Florida over the last remaining forest land in Eastern Palm Beach County. But the battle is about much more than saving a piece of forest land from development.

If you happened to be driving down Interstate-95 near Jupiter, Florida last month you might have seen an interesting sight: Two people, camped out 30 feet up in a pine tree with a banner reading "Defend this Forest."

"We built the ...

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Coral reefs can be damaged through global trade in corals and reef animals listen

03/30/11 Matthew Cimitile
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Coral reefs, like those found in Florida, are a vital economic and ecological resource. But WMNF’s Matthew Cimitle reports, reef ecosystems can be damaged though the international trade in corals and reef organisms.

According to the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network, coral reefs provide $375 billion a year in goods and services through tourism, shoreline protection, food, and sources of new medicine. They are also believed to be more biologically diverse than rainforests. But Cara C...

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League of Conservation Voters releases environmental scorecard for Congress on spending measure listen

03/18/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The League of Conservation Voters has released a special edition of its environmental scorecard for Congress on an appropriations measure with two dozen amendments. Alex Taurel is a legislative representative at the League of Conservation Voters.

"The national environmental scorecard, which the League of Conservation Voters puts out annually, it's been the nationally accepted yardstick to rate members of Congress on environmental, pu...

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One of Florida's leading environmentalists talks about the Governor's budget & Florida Forever land preservation program

02/07/11 Robert Lorei
Last Call Monday
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The governor will announce his proposed state budget tomorrow and here to talk about the budget, preserving the state's environment and the Florida Forever land preservation program is the executive director of Audubon of Florida, Eric Draper.

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