Mehdi Zeyghami, USF student stuck in Iran from Trump travel ban returns to Tampa

USF student stuck in Iran after Trump travel ban returns to Tampa

The USF student who was stuck in Iran because of President Trump’s travel bans has returned to Tampa; in January Mehdi Zeyghami had been granted a visa to come back to the United States, but it was revoked the same week after Trump issued his first ban on travel from seven Muslim-majority countries, including Iran…. Read more »

Florida Friendly Landscaping and your Cooperative Extension Service programs

On Monday’s WMNF Sustainable Living Program we talked about Florida Friendly Landscaping, the Water Wise Awards program and other related topics. Our guests were Lynn Barber, Hillsborough County’s Florida Friendly IFAS Extension Agent and Brian Niemann, Pinellas County’s Florida Friendly IFAS Extension Agent. There are University of Florida (UF) Institute of Food Agricultural Sciences (IFAS)… Read more »

Solar power systems for the home on the Sustainable Living program

On Monday’s Sustainable Living Program we talked about solar power, mainly home power systems. Our guests were the director for the Florida Solar Energy Center Dr. James Fenton, and Alan Brand, a local solar advocate and educator. Both our guests agree that now is the right time to install a solar electric system on your home. In Florida… Read more »

Poo to Peaches on WMNF’s Sustainable Living Program

Poo to Peaches: permaculture, composting, and yes, humanure. All three of our guests on today’s program are certified permaculture designers and two were speakers at the last years Permaculture Convergence. Jennifer Nazak joined last year’s show about the Convergence and she does workshops on solar cooking, Rocket Stoves, haybox cooking, composting, humanure, and other appropriate… Read more »

New book sheds light on the creative process of inventor Nikola Tesla

http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/radioactivity/~3/ClcjqyHlMhI/wmnf_161213_110617_radioactivityT1_187.MP3 By Rob Lorei Nikola Tesla died in in 1943. During his 86 years on the planet he perhaps more than any other inventor was responsible for spreading the benefits of electricity to people around the US and the world. But his life has been overshadowed by other inventors such as Thomas Edison. In the… Read more »

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What does St. Pete’s commitment to 100% clean energy really mean?

St. Petersburg recently became the first city in Florida to commit to 100% clean energy; on MidPoint we talk with members of the Suncoast Sierra Club about renewable energy. Emily Gorman and James Scott are co-campaign managers of the Suncoast Sierra Club’s Ready for 100% St. Pete campaign. A couple of weeks ago St. Petersburg City… Read more »

Florida’s 2016 amendments summarized for you

There are four statewide amendments on the ballot this election cycle (one was passed during the primaries in August). Some of the counties along the central West Coast of Florida also have amendments for your voting pleasure. Below is a summary of the amendments, and the pros and cons of each, taken from the websites… Read more »

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Solar industry group opposes Florida’s Amendment 1

Leaders of a solar energy trade association are touring Florida this week encouraging people to vote against the ballot question known as Amendment 1. The Solar Energy Industries Association is a national group with 1,000 member companies. WMNF interviewed Tom Kimbis, their interim president. Listen: “We’re opposing it because we think it’s very deceptive in… Read more »

Physician Alan Lockwood pens new book on how climate change is affecting our health

    http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/radioactivity/~3/eiA9jnmRCBo/wmnf_161025_110618_radioactivityT1_187.MP3 By Rob Lorei Last week The Guardian newspaper reported that 2016 was on track to be the hottest year on record—hotter than the previous record set just last year. And on Monday the BBC reported that for all of 2016 the CO2 levels in the atmosphere will be above 400 parts per million—the highest… Read more »

Environmentalists seek to halt construction of natural gas pipeline through Central Florida.

http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/radioactivity/~3/kpzhv4lzRto/wmnf_161024_110617_radioactivityM1_348.MP3 By Rob Lorei Recently there have been protests against the construction of the Sabal Trail Pipeline, a 515-mile natural gas line that, once completed, will cut through Alabama, Georgia, and Central Florida. Our first guest on Radioactivity Monday was Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson, Organizing Representative of the Sierra Club, says that the pipeline threatens lands sacred to Native Americans, fragile… Read more »

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Florida solar amendment could “completely negate” future solar proposals: tape

A newly unearthed audio tape is giving credence to the idea that the solar amendment on November’s ballot in Florida was designed to mislead voters and would “completely negate” future solar power initiatives. The left-leaning group Center for Media and Democracy has published a talk from this month by a vice president with the James… Read more »

Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO; Consumers for Smart Solar PAC defends utilities-backed Amendment 1.

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_161012_110617_radioactivityW1_189.MP3 BY Rob Lorei Our first guest on Radioactivity Wednesday was Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO. It’s the largest union federation in the US, representing more than 12 million active and retired workers. Trumka is a former coal miner and an attorney who was elected president of the AFL-CIO in 2009. He gave his take  on Trump’s stance… Read more »

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Why are Florida’s big utilities companies backing amendment 1 for solar energy choice?

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160929_110618_radioactivityR1_191.MP3 By Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Thursday we look at Amendment 1, also known as “Rights of Electricity Consumers Regarding Solar Energy Choice”, that is being back by 4 large for-profit utility companies: Florida Power and Light, Duke Energy, Tampa Electric and Gulf Power. Why would these utility companies, who mostly make their money off of coal,… Read more »

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Florida This Week; Florida AG Pam Bondi Would Not Fight Trump U But She Is Fighting The Clean Power Plan

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160926_110617_radioactivityM1_348.MP3 By Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Monday, we  first listened back to the latest episode of Florida This Week, a political discussion show on local PBS station WEDU that is also hosted by Rob Lorei. In this episode, our panel of political experts and insiders discuss the hottest stories in Florida news and politics: Calls for… Read more »

Women’s Show – Florida Phosphates and the new National Museum of African American History and Culture 9/22

Have you been following the massive sinkhole – just 30 miles east of Tampa in New Wales? JACLYN LOPEZ, Florida Director, Staff Attorney, Center for Biological Diversity. Jacki thinks Florida may be beginning to wake up to its massive phosphate mining problems.  The sinkhole has already caused at least 215 million gallons of contaminated water to… Read more »

DIY Solar on the Sustainable Living program

On Monday’s WMNF Sustainable Living Show we first talked with a couple of members of our local Sierra Club about the Sierra National Campaign aimed at leveraging the power of cities to catalyze a national transition toward renewable energy. Lisa Hinton, Suncoast Sierras Executive Community Chair, and James Scott, Sierras St. Pete 100% Ready Coordinator… Read more »

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Supporters have range of reasons to like Florida solar amendment

Florida voters are deciding this month whether to add a business tax break for solar power to the state constitution. Wayne Wallace is president of Solar Source, a Largo company that installs solar panels. He recommends that people vote “yes” on Amendment 4. Listen to the full story here: “People ask us all the time:… Read more »