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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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Science Cafe in St. Pete debates causes of Climate Change listen

01/26/11 Matthew Cimitile
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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In his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama didn’t mention climate change. But the topic was at the forefront last night at the Pier Aquarium’s science café meeting in St. Petersburg.

More than a year removed from the stalemate at the climate conference in Copenhagen and another two months after a follow-up meeting in Cancun, there is still no binding global agreement to cut greenhouse emissions. Without those cuts, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change predicts...

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Cluck and Backyard Chickens

01/10/11 Jon Butts
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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On today’s program our special guest was Jono Miller a teacher at New College and resident of Sarasota. Jono’s heading up an effort to get an ordinance adopted by the city of Sarasota to allow backyard chickens on January 18. His initiative is called CLUCK (Citizen’s Lobbying for Urban Chicken Keeping) and you can check out the blog at sarasotacluck.blogspot.com.

Plus founder and executive director of Tampa Premier Community Supported Agricultur...

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Endangered whooping cranes to arrive at Chassahowitzka listen

12/14/10 Matthew Cimitile
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Five whooping cranes, led by ultra light aircraft, should arrive to the Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge in Crystal River by Friday. It’s the tenth straight year the endangered birds have traveled to Florida.

Ten whooping cranes from the reintroduced eastern United States flock began flying south from the Necedah National Wildlife Refuge in Wisconsin on October 10. Over 60 days later the birds have traversed seven states and 1200 miles and are within sight of reaching their wint...

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Charter, private fishing boats may be regulated separately listen

11/08/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Florida is dubbed the fishing capital of the world, but overfishing has threatened this key industry for years. Charter fishing boat operators, environmental groups, and other stakeholders are meeting in Tampa this week to discuss a policy that may change the way fishing is regulated.

The concept is called "sector separation." It would result in a separate set of rules for those who, say, fish off bridges or their own boats, and those who make a living taking people out on charter boats. E...

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Feinberg says geographic proximity to oil impact will not play role in compensation listen

10/04/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Kenneth Feinberg announced today that geographic proximity to oil-impacted areas will no longer play a role in whether people can get compensated for losses from the BP oil disaster.

The administrator of the compensation fund had previously said that distance from oiled beaches would be taken into account. But he has reversed that decision after hearing from angry Gulf residents.

Governor Charlie Crist released a statement saying, “Removing physical proximity from the criteria for cla...

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Science in Cuba: how is it different than in U.S.? listen

09/29/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Science in the US looks a little different from one of its closest neighbors.

Luis Barerras works for Cuba’s Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment. Speaking through translator Fernando Trelles, a researcher with Miami Beach–based Ocean Foundation, Barerras says relations between the US and Cuba have improved recently in terms of science, but they still aren’t exactly ideal.

Barerras says he’d like to see stronger relations between the two governments’ scientific arms...

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