Contaminated water at Piney Point puts Tampa Bay on brink of disaster

Contaminated water at the former Piney Point phosphate plant is nearing the site’s capacity, putting all of Tampa Bay at risk for an environmental crisis. Manatee County Commissioners heard from the site’s manager and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection Tuesday as officials struggle to come up with a plan. Listen: Time is quickly running… Read more »

Endangered Species Act threatened Florida fish, Nassau grouper

Environmental groups sue feds to protect Nassau grouper habitat in Florida, elsewhere

Three conservation organizations have sued the federal government for not protecting the nearshore habitat for a threatened fish, the Nassau grouper. The groups say the Nassau grouper is threatened by pollution, ocean acidification, sea-level rise and other impacts of climate change. In their lawsuit filed against the National Marine Fisheries Service Tuesday, the environmental groups… Read more »

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Florida Forest Service: lightning causes three wildfires in west Hernando County; Pine Island Park closed

The Florida Forest Service is responding to a series of wildfires along the west coast of Hernando County. In a press release on Tuesday, the Withlacoochee Forestry Center-Florida Forest Service says three wildfires broke out after lightning strikes Monday around 6:30 p.m. “The Shoal Line Blvd Wildfire was 100% contained at acre. “The Preserve Wildfire… Read more »

Radioactivity Tuesday: Local artist uses his craft to attack racism and the Confederacy

July 28, 2020 Good morning, welcome to radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Today we’ll speak with a local artist who is trying to raise awareness about a Confederate monument near Bradenton. But first, we’ll hear about how Florida’s beaches are under attack. According to a report from the advocacy group Environment Florida, it’s common for Florida… Read more »

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On 10th anniversary of BP oil disaster there are calls for Senate to permanently ban drilling in Eastern Gulf

Monday marks the ten-year anniversary of the deadly BP Deepwater Horizon oil disaster; several environmental groups hosted conference calls last week to use the anniversary as a call to permanently close the Eastern Gulf of Mexico to drilling. And to look back at the lessons of that blowout a mile beneath the surface of the… Read more »

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Sierra Club lawsuit tries to stop Ridge Road extension through Serenova Preserve in Pasco

Pasco County is continuing with a road extension through a nature preserve despite a lawsuit by the Sierra Club; the environmental group is trying to protect the Serenova Preserve from the construction of an extension of Ridge Road. Heidi Mehaffey is an attorney representing the Sierra Club. She’s an associate attorney with Robert N. Hartsell,… Read more »

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Oil from BP’s Deepwater Horizon disaster spread over a larger area than previously thought: scientists

A new study led by scientists in Florida finds that oil from BP’s Deepwater Horizon disaster spread over a much larger area than previously thought. The research was published yesterday in the journal Science Advances. Steve Murawski is a professor at the University of South Florida College of Marine Science in St. Petersburg and a… Read more »

WMNF News: Beach dunes

Conservation groups sue Trump administration for not protecting green sea turtle habitat

In Florida, the population numbers of several sea turtle species are improving, including green sea turtles; but conservation groups are suing the Trump administration for not doing enough to protect green sea turtle habitat. Jaclyn Lopez is Florida director with the Center for Biological Diversity, one of the groups that filed a lawsuit last week…. Read more »

Governor DeSantis Gets Low Marks on Environmental Protection

Radioactivity with Rob Lorei Listen Here: Or follow this link and select 01/14/20 from the drop down menu: Radioactivity: Interviews & Live Call-In Intro: Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. As we speak the state legislature is beginning its annual two month session—with a series of speeches by elected state officials in the Capitol in Tallahassee…. Read more »

Hands Across the Sand opposition to drilling and fracking

DEP gives permit to drill in Florida Panhandle

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has given a Texas company a permit to drill six exploratory wells for oil and gas in the Panhandle; but environmental groups say that’s a bad idea. WMNF interviewed Georgia Ackerman, Riverkeeper and executive director at Apalachicola Riverkeeper. “The Florida DEP Oil and Gas Program has issued exploratory oil… Read more »

Belief & Climate Change

Why are so many humans religious? Why do we daydream, imagine, and hope? Philosophers, theologians, social scientists, and historians have offered explanations for centuries, but their accounts often ignore or even avoid human evolution. Evolutionary scientists answer with proposals for why ritual, religion, and faith make sense as adaptations to past challenges or as by-products… Read more »

Interview with climate scientist Michael Mann ahead of his speech in St. Petersburg

Radioactivity with Rob Lorei Listen Here: Or follow this link and select 11/15/19 from the drop down menu: Radioactivity: Interviews & Live Call-In Intro: Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. One of the top climate scientists in the country is speaking tonight in St. Petersburg. We’ll meet him in just a moment. First… Read more »