Some Pinellas County beaches are scheduled to get another facelift this summer.
Proposed oil project in South Florida gets green light
Excessive flooding and climate change spur stormwater talks in Tampa
EPA’s Carbon Rule “Falls Short of Real Emissions Reduction” and Restaurant Workers 5 Times More Likely to be Sexually Harassed than the General Workplace
Environmental projects in Tampa Bay get $625,000 funding boost
The Environmental Protection Agency plans to cut carbon emissions by almost 40% in Florida and 30% nationally in the next 16 years.
EPA proposal could phase out coal-fired power plants by implementing CO2 emission regualtions
Local elected officials and the Sunshine State Clean Energy Coalition rallied today in St. Petersburg to call on Duke Energy to invest in cleaner energy. Florida could become a national leader in clean energy investment.
Eight-legged Looters invade Lee County By Amy Beeman Say you’re a common octopus living in the green-blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico near Lee County, in Southwest Florida. Life is good, and it’s not just because you’re naturally capable of things that humans usually ascribe to superheroes. For one thing, you can regrow your… Read more »
The Deepwater Horizon oil well blowout last year was one of the most damaging events for Gulf of Mexico ecosystems. Wednesday night Eckerd College hosted a lecture about the impact of the oil disaster by Cathy Tortorici, the Gulf of Mexico Regional Ecosystem Program Director for the U.S. Department of Commerce. During the height of… Read more »
This morning more than two dozen volunteers armed with shovels battled the 90 degree-heat at Fort DeSoto. They’re helping build artificial oyster reefs on the shoreline to help with water filtration and coastal erosion, while giving coastal birds and aquatic wildlife a new home. While boaters can often be a threat to Florida’s wildlife, some… Read more »
With spreading oil polluting the Gulf of Mexico, some groups say this July the US should declare its independence from dirty fossil fuels by using policy to develop clean and renewable energy. The gulf-wide impact of the massive oil spill drew clean energy advocates to St. Pete Beach to offer their alternatives to oil, as… Read more »
As oil from the underwater geyser has now reached all five of the Gulf states, the Coast Guard monitors the scope of the spill. WMNF took off from the US Coast Guard Clearwater Air Station last Saturday to get a look at how close the spill is to reaching more of Florida’s coastline. As Florida… Read more »
Today, protesters gathered in St. Petersburg to rally against oil giant BP for its role in the Deepwater Horizon oil rig blast that resulted in an uncontrolled oil leak. WMNF’s Joshua Holton reports. More WMNF coverage of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill: BP’s track record on safety and are the chemical dispersants harmful to the… Read more »
The U.S. Coast Guardand BP are still struggling to contain an oil spill that started leaking thousands of gallons into the Gulf of Mexico. This began after an explosion last week, that sank Transocean’s Deepwater Horizon Drilling Rig. The Coast Guard Estimates that over 42,000 gallons of oil are draining into the gulf daily, and… Read more »
Water restrictions, a spike in population, below-normal rainfall – these are just a few of the reasons Tampa Bay is in the midst of what some USF professors are calling a “water crisis”. Last night, at the USF College of Public Health Auditorium, a group of concerned scholars met to present their research on one… Read more »
Florida’s economy is known for its housing market, which takes tons of concrete to maintain. Roads that span the state also require limestone for construction, but environmentalists say there’s a high cost of mining the rocks for housing and highway projects. Swamp lands in South Florida are cheap. They aren’t ideal for commercial development, and… Read more »
Limestone rock mining in Florida provides critical components for housing and highway construction. But environmentalists have some concrete concerns as rock mining impacts the Florida Aquifers and Everglades restoration. Earlier this month Obama administration officials attended a groundbreaking ceremony for the Picayune Strand Restoration project. It will attempt to restore a natural water flow through… Read more »
Today at The Tampa Bay Catostrophic Planning Summit, disaster experts from nine counties considered what would happen if the Tampa bay region were hit by a category 5 hurricane as harrowing as Katrina. If Tampa sustained a category 5 hurricane, experts predict $250 billion in losses to property and infrastructure. Hurricane Phoenix may be a… Read more »
The aftermath of Hurricane Katrina still haunts America, as many recall the failure of FEMA, the levees, and government response to the disaster. Now other coastal cities like Tampa are learning from the tragedy, and are investigating how to prevent a similar collapse of communication and infrastructure from happening in the future. Today planning officials… Read more »
As part of the International Day of Climate Action, local activists rallied on Saturday in Tampa. According to the website http://350.org, people in 181 countries held 5200 events for the most widespread day of environmental action in the planet’s history. They were asking national leaders from all over the globe to take a strong stance… Read more »
UPDATE: this story originally published August 20, 2009 by Seán Kinane / WMNF News. We’re republishing this now because a new report from the Tampa Bay Times found hundreds of workers have been exposed to high lead levels. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has revised its lead air quality standard to allow ten times less… Read more »
In West Palm Beach yesterday, two environmentalists were jailed and five others received probation for protesting the construction of a planned new natural gas fired power plant last February. The protest had involved the activists linking themselves with chicken wire and PVC pipe to protest the negative effects they say the plant will have the… Read more »
Peter Bane, the editor of THE PERMACULTURE ACTIVIST MAGAZINE joined WMNF for this segment to discuss the idea of permaculture. A central theme in permaculture is the design of ecological landscapes that produce food. Emphasis is placed on multi-use plants, cultural practices such as sheet mulching and trellising, and the integration of animals to recycle… Read more »