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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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Hillsborough County hosts "Art of Sustainability" forum listen

09/17/10 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Hillsborough County is looking for ways to get greener as environmental awareness and sustainability grow ever more popular in marketing and politics. Local planning officials and businesses proposed ways to make the region more sustainable this morning at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Downtown Tampa. It was the 2nd annual “Art of Sustainability” forum called E3: Energy, Environment, and Economics. County Commissioner Rose Ferlita said that the region will begin to look at i...

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Citizens express concern over dispersants at town hall meeting listen

08/04/10 Matthew Cimitile
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The Obama administration’s person in charge of Gulf Coast restoration visited St. Petersburg last night to receive citizens’ input. Many citizens used the forum to express concern and frustration about the heavy use of dispersants on the oil and to push the administration in developing clean energy in the region.

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus visited St. Petersburg last night to receive Gulf coast citizen’s input towards President Obama’s long-term Gulf restoration plan. Many ci...

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Hillsborough Commissioners vote not to ban fertilizer use in summer listen

07/15/10 Matthew Cimitile
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Hillsborough County Commissioners voted 5-2 this morning not to ban the use of fertilizers containing nitrogen and phosphorus during the summer rainy season. They made their decision in their role as the board of the Environmental Protection Commission in front of an audience filled with fertilizer representatives and environmentalists.

After months of debates and delays, Hillsborough County Commissioners decided not to follow the precedent set by Sarasota and Pinellas Counties. Hillsbor...

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Three feet of muck lines portions of Tampa Bay floor listen

06/18/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Right now there may not be any crude lapping onto the shores of Tampa Bay, but water quality here has certainly seen better days, especially in the bay’s upper parts. A thick layer of muck covers much of the bottom of upper Tampa Bay, but scientists say there are a couple of easy fixes.

It’s shaping up to be a scorcher as Ed Sherwood, a scientist with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program, drops what looks like a solid metal trap into the waters of Old Tampa Bay. It’s attached to a long rope...

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