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Sea-level rise threatens several Tampa Bay area communities: report

A new report on sea-level rise by the Union of Concerned Scientists concludes that several Tampa Bay communities will see more and more sunny-day flooding over the next few decades; we also hear from two of the candidates running for Florida governor about climate change and sea-level rise. Here’s how Republican Adam Putnam responded last May… Read more »

MidPoint for Thursday, Jan 11 – Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine and former Congressman Patrick Murphy

Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine is one of four major Democrats running for the party’s gubernatorial nomination this August. During his appearance on MidPoint on Thursday, he doubled down on what the Gwen Graham campaign believed was an attack on their candidate when he said this week that “I’ve actually done something with my life… Read more »

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Progress Florida Says Florida’s Outlook Is Not As Bright As GOP Leaders in Tallahassee Claim

Radioactivity 1 10 18 Welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up—how well is the state of Florida doing when it comes to protecting the environment? How are average workers doing? Is the state creating good paying jobs? How well are we educating children? Providing health care for those who need it? We’ll hear from… Read more »

Offshore drilling expanded by Trump administration to 90% of US coastline

Trump moves to vastly expand offshore drilling off US coasts By MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press, with additional reporting from JoEllen Schilke, WMNF WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Thursday moved to vastly expand offshore drilling from the Atlantic to the Arctic oceans with a plan that would open up federal waters off the California coast… Read more »

Pasco environmentalists will rally to save Serenova Wilderness

Environmentalists in Pasco County are concerned that protected wilderness may fall victim to another highway project. And they’re organizing a protest Saturday morning to stop the Ridge Road extension and save the Serenova Wilderness. WMNF News interviewed Dan Callaghan with Florida Peace Action Network. Their protest to save the Serenova Wilderness and Starkey Preserve is… Read more »

Women’s Show 12/6 We Must Save Our Country from Attack Within: Tax Reform Bill + the on Attack on the Environment

Congratulations to #MeToo for winning Time Person of the Year-  This is not only a moment, but a movement that is absolutely at the right time to try to save this country.  For starters, all of us, not only women, need to save this country from the tax reform abomination that is racing through Congress…… Read more »

Florida Permaculture

On today’s Sustainable Living Program at 10 AM we talked about permaculture and the upcoming Florida Permaculture Convergence. Our guests were a couple of the organizers and presenters at this year’s convergence: Wendell Martinkovic is a former UF County Extension Agent, Peace Corp Volunteer, and a master of appropriate technology, organic farming, edible and native… Read more »

Florida bill would stop local governments from protecting trees

A Sarasota-area state Senator has introduced a bill to the Florida Legislature that would forbid cities and counties from passing rules protecting trees; Republican Greg Steube’s bill would stop local governments from regulating “trimming, removal, or harvesting of tree and timber on private property.” But SB 574 is opposed by many environmentalists, including Jono Miller,… Read more »

MidPoint for October 26 – Fair Vote’s Drew Spencer Penrose and a look back at Jimmy Carter’s ‘malaise’ speech

A recent Fox News poll generic congressional poll reports that Democrats have a 15-point lead over Republicans in next year’s congressional elections.  However, some election analysts question whether the Democrats can win back the House next year. Drew Spencer Penrose is FairVote’s legal and policy director. He told us how his organization has broken down recent… Read more »

Scientists Study Ways to Reduce Power of Hurricanes

Radioactivity Friday 10 20 17 Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up— Can scientists develop a method to reduce the destructive power of hurricanes? After the hurricanes causing the deaths of hundreds and devastating property in Texas, Puerto Rico, The Virgin Islands, St. Maartens and Florida– We’ll talk with an award winning… Read more »

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Tampa group brings aid to Puerto Rico; raided by police

The distribution of aid by large nonprofits and governments seems to be failing, but a tiny Tampa-based recovery collective successfully distributed aid to people in need; Dezeray Lyn, with Tampa’s Mutual Aid Disaster Relief, just returned this week from delivering medical and food aid to Puerto Rico. But while there, she and her colleagues were raided by… Read more »

MidPoint for Thursday, Sept. 21 – Kathy Castor on GOP Senate bill, National Weather Service issues and FEA lawsuit

On today’s program, we spoke with Joanne McCall, president of the Florida Education Association, about a recent lawsuit the union filed against the state dept. of Education and its 67 school boards. The FEA is challenging as discriminatory part of a 2015 law that ties teacher bonuses to their college entrance exam scores. We spoke with… Read more »

Women’s Show 9/14 Recap– After Hurricane Irma: Nuclear Power Plants and Hurricanes & Climate Change

How are you doing?  We dodged a bullet, although I know that many of us are still without power and in the morass of cleanup – yard and refrigerator, all the areas that depend on electricity…… It could have been a Cat IV or V.  Thank goodness for that mini-cold front that helped dissipate Irma’s… Read more »

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Some Tampa Bay rivers still under Flood Warning after Irma

The National Weather Service has extended Flood Warnings for several area rivers after Hurricane Irma, including the Anclote River at Elfers, the Little Manatee River at Wimauma, the Hillsborough River near Hillsborough River State Park, the Hillsborough River at Morris bridge and for the Horse Creek near Arcadia. On Thursday WMNF News interviewed Robin Caton, a… Read more »

MidPoint for Sept. 14 – Examining the post – Irma environment

With tens of thousands still without power under sweltering conditions, we spoke about the recovery efforts ongoing after Hurricane Irma hit the Tampa Bay area Sunday night. Hillsborough County Commissioner Pat Kemp, Hillsborough County Hazard Mitigation Manager Gene Henry, and FEMA representatives Dan Needham and Keith St. Claire joined the show to talk about what… Read more »

Tampa Bay post-Irma: updates on power and assisted-living facilities

The Florida Department of Transportation announced Thursday that I-75 will remain open, as Hurricane Irma flood waters have been receding on the Santa Fe River. As of Thursday morning, FDOT says their engineers and state meteorologists do not think that the river will reach a level to make the interstate unsafe. Hernando County Emergency Management… Read more »