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Advocates want to clean up Florida's dirty water now and in the future listen

05/18/15 Samuel Johnson
MidPoint with WMNF News Monday
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Tags: beaches, Florida, environment, Hands Across The Sand, water, pollution, garbage

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Environmentalists are focused on keeping Florida beaches clean and pristine; on Saturday more than a hundred people came together on Gandy Beach in St Petersburg for Hands Across the Sand. Residents, advocates and grassroots organizations were trying to raise awareness for a greener Florida environment.

Many of the participants came early to the beach on the south side of the Gandy Bridge to help pick up trash. Most beach-goers and onlookers didn’t see...

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Tampa Bay seagrass recovers; 40,000 acres most in 60 years listen

05/13/15 Seán Kinane
MidPoint with WMNF News Wednesday
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Tags: Tampa Bay, Tampa, St. Petersburg, seagrass, environment, water, fertilizer, fertilizer ordinance, pollution, oceans, SWFWMD, Tampa Bay Watch, WMNF News

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There are more acres of seagrass in the Tampa Bay estuary than any time in the last sixty years; the Southwest Florida Water Management District announced Wednesday that the bay now supports more than 40,000 acres of seagrass beds.

WMNF News interviewed Kris Kaufman, a senior environmental scientist with SWFWMD.

Kaufman said their study found a 16.3 percent increase in seagrass coverage in Tampa Bay from 2012 to 2014. She said seagrass recovery requires relatively clean water and congr...

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Group behind Amendment 1 wants legislature to follow voter's intent

05/12/15 Rob Lorei
MidPoint with WMNF News Tuesday
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Tags: Paula Dockery, Aliki Moncrief, Florida's Water and Land Legacy, Amendment 1, environment, wmnf

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Today's host, former state senator Paula Dockery, talks with Aliki Moncrief, Executive of the Florida's Water and Land Legacy. the environmental group helped put Amendment 1 on last year's ballot in hopes of increasing revenue towards land and water conservation programs. Moncrief talks about the deadlock in Tallahassee that has left lawmakers unable to agree on spending on environmental programs.

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Full transcript of presidents remarks in Everglades on climate change

04/22/15 Seán Kinane
MidPoint with WMNF News Wednesday
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Tags: Barack Obama, Everglades, Florida, climate change, global warming, environment, Earth Day, sea level rise

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Here is the transcript of the remarks on climate change by President Barack Obama in the Everglades Wednesday, as provided by the White House.

THE WHITE HOUSE

Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release April 22, 2015

REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT ON THE IMPACTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE

The Everglades, Florida

3:16 P.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT: Hello, everybody! Please have a seat. It’s good to be back in Florida. So I can’t think of a better ...

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Craft beer enthusiasts hook up with environmentalists to call for clean water in Florida listen

04/01/15 Seán Kinane
MidPoint with WMNF News Wednesday
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Tags: Beer, craft beer, St. Petersburg, Darden Rice, environment, water

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A new alliance between environmentalists and craft beer enthusiasts has formed to protect clean water and to call on the Florida legislature to act; they argue that microbreweries need pure water to brew the best beer.

The alliance between craft beer enthusiasts and environmentalists is calling for a ban on fracking in Florida and for the Environmental Protection Agency to enforce Clean Water Act protections for state waterways.

Tuesday night at [3 Daughters Brewing](http://3dbrewing....

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Coal Industry challenges EPA pollution standards in the Supreme Court, and WEDU's Florida this week listen

03/30/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)
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Tags: environment, EPA, coal industry, Mercury and Air Toxin Standards, MATS, Jim Pew, Florida This Week, Amendment 1, budget, population growth, Jim Davis, Wilton Simpson, Susan Macmanus, Ernest Hooper, wmnf, Rob Lorei

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We start off this morning's radioactivity with an important US Supreme Court case that has flown underneath the media's radar. Last week the Court heard arguments on whether to keep EPA-set limits on mercury pollution caused by coal power plants. The Mercury and Air Toxin Standards (MATS) that were issued by the EPA in 2011 not only set limits on mercury emissions but other toxic metals and gases that are serious pollutants. The coal industry has fought the impleme...

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At Eckerd College, Vandana Shiva speaks about "Making Peace with the Earth" listen

03/10/15 Seán Kinane
MidPoint with WMNF News Tuesday
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Tags: environment, Vandana Shiva, Eckerd College, St. Petersburg

Vandana Shiva has been active for decades in the environmental and global democracy movements. She spoke Monday night at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg about "Making Peace with the Earth."

Here is the full audio of her speech:

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The fight to save what is left of the Everglades listen

03/05/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Tags: The Everglades, pollution, environment, Amendment 1, water, Lake Okeechobe, Tom Van Lent, Julie Hill-Gabriel, Everglades Foundation, Audubon Society, wmnf, Rob Lorei

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In November, voters approved Amendment 1 to allocate money for environmental conservation in Florida. This brings renewed hope for the restoration of the Everglades, which has been devastated by development and pollution over the last century. Waters that once flowed in a wide river from Lake Okeechobe to the southern tip of the state have been dammed and diverted to the east and west coasts, polluting the estuaries there with agricultural pesticide run-off and starving the Everglades of wate...

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Environmentalists fight to save pristine Florida forest listen

12/04/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: Earth First, Everglades Earth First, Occupy Tampa, Bailey Riley, environment, Development, Palm Beach County, Scripps

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Environmental groups in South Florida are fighting to save a pristine forest that’s being clear-cut for high-tech development; there has already been civil disobedience trying to slow or stop the destruction of the Briger Forest in Palm Beach County.

There are protests planned for the next two Fridays, December 5 and 12.

To find out about the issue, WMNF in...

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A look at the struggle between the feds and Florida for regulation of some state waters listen

12/03/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: water, EPA, Environment Florida, Florida, environment

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It’s still an open question: who will regulate hundreds of small waterways and wetlands in Florida; will it be the federal EPA or the state?

To look at the history of the controversy and what the near future might hold, WMNF spoke with Jennifer Rubiello, a field organizer with Environment Florida.

According to a press release, Senator Bill Nelson's staff issued the following statement at Tuesday morning’s news conference:

“Florida’s tourism economy, fisheries and natural resources ...

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