Author Leah Y. Parks says America can be completely fueled by renewable energy by 2050

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160629_110617_radioactivityW1_189.MP3 By Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Wednesday we were joined by Leah Y. Parks, who along with  S. David Freeman authored the new book All Electric America: A Climate Solution and the Hopeful Future, which posits that cheaper and better technology will allow the United States to be completely run on renewable energy by 2050. She discussed how… Read more »

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Local Public Transportation Discussion on WMNF’s Sustainable Living

On Sustainable Living Program this week we talked with representatives of two of our local public transportation providers. Our guests were Rose Bruckner, Pasco County’s Transportation Program Coordinator and Bob Lasher, External Affairs Officer with Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority, PSTA. A lot is happening in Pinellas; of main interest to our listeners would be the… Read more »

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Fracking banned in Pinellas County, Florida

The Pinellas County Commission has outlawed fracking within the county limits. The oil and gas drilling technique is also known as hydraulic fracturing and critics, like Environment Florida director Jennifer Rubiello, say it’s dangerous for water supplies and contributes to climate change. She says St. Petersburg and Clearwater are also working on ordinances to ban… Read more »

Hands Across the Sand opposition to drilling and fracking

Update on impact of Shell Oil spill in Gulf of Mexico

This month more than 88,000 gallons of oil leaked from a Shell Oil pipeline in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana; for an update on the spill’s effect on wildlife, WMNF News spoke with Scott Eustis, a coastal wetlands specialist with Gulf Restoration Network. Listen: We spoke about impacts on wildlife, oil spill response cooperation… Read more »

Hands Across the Sand opposition to drilling and fracking

Art project will be part of Hands Across the Sand

Environmentalists who support clean energy, oppose dirty fuels and say no to offshore drilling will join Hands Across the Sand this Saturday at beaches in Pinellas County and elsewhere. The guest on WMNF News’ MidPoint, , Lisa Hinton is with Suncoast Sierra Club. She’s helping to organize Hands Across the Sand on Treasure Island this Saturday. Listen to the… Read more »

Karl Nurse no fracking

St. Petersburg seeks ordinance to ban fracking

St. Petersburg City Council will soon consider an ordinance to ban the drilling technique known as fracking and the transportation or storage of fracking wastewater within the city limits; Council vice chair Darden Rice says fracking for natural gas is too risky for St. Pete’s regional water supply, climate change and rising seas. Listen to the… Read more »

An Angry Woman’s Heart – on From a Woman’s POV

 I am getting steamed – really, really steamed.  If I hear one more comment on “the women’s card…..”  Read Rebecca Solnit’s column, “If Donald Trump Were a Woman and Hillary Clinton Were a Man: Here’s what the election would look like” (posted on our Facebook page ).  This election campaign is turning the spotlight on… Read more »

An Illegal Hike Across The Heartland – Next on Life Elsewhere

Ken Ilgunas says his new book is about coming to terms with climate change and figuring out what our role as individuals should be in confronting something so big and so out of our hands. It’s about taking a few months of your life to look at your country from a new perspective. Ultimately, it’s… Read more »

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St. Pete Rep. Dwight Dudley says utility-backed solar amendment hinders energy choice for consumers

BY Rob Lorei Floridians will get a chance this fall to put a utility backed solar-energy amendment into the state Constitution.Last week the Florida Supreme Court, in a 4-3 ruling found that the wording of the controversial ballot initiative backed by major utilities meets the legal standards to go before voters in NovemberThe group backing… Read more »

Sierra Club executive director Michael Brune

St. Pete will work toward 100% clean energy

St. Petersburg is the first Florida city pledging to work toward 100% clean energy; Sharon Wright is the City of St. Petersburg’s sustainability coordinator and joined the Sierra Club Tuesday morning to officially launch the “Ready for 100” campaign. “First steps in energy efficiency, there’s a lot we can do, there’s a lot our leadership… Read more »

How Did Penis Size Become More Important Than Climate Change In The Presidential Race?

Robert Hunziker is not happy. He wakes up at night in a cold sweat. Robert Hunziker is a freelance writer and environmental journalist who insists that the next Presidential election will be the most important in our lifetime. We are living dangerous times he says. The ice caps are melting. Global warming is real and… Read more »

Indoor Energy Conservation on the Sustainable Living program

On Monday’s (2/29) Sustainable Living program we talked about indoor energy conservation. Our guest was a Building Research Analyst with the Florida Solar Energy Center, Janet MacIlvaine. She and her colleagues in the Buildings Research Division study ways to reduce energy use in buildings and provide technical assistance to the construction industry. We started talking… Read more »

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Fracking bill stalled in Florida Senate committee

A bill to study and regulate fracking in Florida is stalled and may be dead; the Senate Appropriations Committee voted down (10-9) the fracking bill Thursday after overwhelming public opposition. But the committee also moved to reconsider it later. One key Republican who voted against the fracking bill is Pinellas County’s Jack Latvala. He accused the… Read more »

opponents of fracking in Florida

Florida Senate committee votes on fracking Thursday

Last month the state House passed a bill that would study and regulate fracking in Florida; the Senate version will get its final committee vote Thursday. At a press conference in Temple Terrace City Hall Wednesday morning, Michelle Allen, the Florida organizer with Food and Water Watch, called the bill a smokescreen. The City of Temple… Read more »

PSTA electric bus demo

Pinellas transit authority checks out electric bus option

Pinellas County’s transit authority is thinking about purchasing some electric buses to replace diesel vehicles as they reach the end of their useful lives. PSTA is bringing in electric bus companies to demonstrate the advantages of the zero-emission vehicles. Listen to the full story here: In the Pinellas County Gateway area Tuesday morning John Andrews, the… Read more »

Year in Review: Stories that had us talking in 2015

As the year 2015 comes to an end this week, we take time to review some of the top stories that had us talking this year. Gay marriage was legalized by the Supreme Court in June and COP 21 was signed in December. However, unfortunately in 2015 there was an increase in gun violence, police… Read more »

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Florida solar backers seek ballot despite signatures dispute

The leaders of a solar power ballot initiative are vowing to charge ahead with trying to get on Florida’s 2016 ballot, despite a financial dispute with a company hired to recruit signature gatherers. In a conference call with reporters Friday afternoon, Stephen Smith, a board member of Floridians for Solar Choice, said about 212,000 signed forms are… Read more »

Women Discuss Climate Change Through The Lens Of Their Lives

There has been a lot of talk about the recent COP 21 agreement in Paris, where almost 200 countries came together and agreed to cut emissions and the global temperature to under 2  degrees Celsius. We thought it would be great idea for us to speak with Dipti Bhatnagar , climate justice and energy coordinator… Read more »

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National Geographic devotes full issue to climate change

Climate change could be the most important challenge of the 21st Century; our guests on MidPoint contributed to the current issue of National Geographic magazine that’s all about the climate. It comes out weeks before major international climate talks in Paris. Our first guest, Dennis Dimick, is the executive editor for the environment for National Geographic magazine. We also went slightly… Read more »