Protestors urge nationalization of BP

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 »

Rock Mines threaten Everglades Restoration Plans

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 »

Tampa Bay planners prepare for the worst: A category five hurricane

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 »

EPA proposes new greenhouse gas regulations

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed a rule change in the Clean Air Act, such that only the biggest polluters will be subject to regulations for greenhouse gas emissions. Today is the last day the EPA is taking public comments about the rule; comments are open until midnight tonight. The EPA announced earlier… Read more »

Tampa joins 3000 candle light vigils for Copenhagen Climate Conference

With one week left in the Climate Conference in Copenhagen, religious groups across the globe are congregating with fellow secular advocates to demand a binding climate agreement from world leaders. With about 500 events in the US, local faith based organizations in Tampa also held a vigil on Friday. Cold and windy weather didn’t deter… Read more »

Brooker Creek Corridor approved for Hillsborough County ELAPP acquisition

Today the Hillsborough County Commission voted unanimously to acquire nearly 1700 acres for preservation in the Brooker Creek Corridor, along with the approval of selling for bonds for environmental land acquisition. Proceeds from the bonds will be used to purchase environmentally sensitive land under the county’s Environmental Land Acquisition and Protection Program (ELAPP). After years… Read more »

Water: A Global Crisis

Water scarcity as a result of climate change could create global security issues. USF’s College of Public Health recently partnered with the Physicians for Social Responsibility and the Patel Center for Global Solutions for a panel discussion on water issues. Disappearing sources of clean water have been a major concern for bay area residents. Aquatic… Read more »

Keep Pinellas Beautiful cleans up Gulfport

The Ocean Conservancy coordinated an International Coastal Cleanup with their affiliate Keep Pinellas Beautiful yesterday as part of a biannual effort to educate the public, business and government officials about the scale of the global marine debris problem. In Gulfport local residents volunteered for the cleanup. Last year, The Great American Cleanup organized 3 million… Read more »

Peta2 sponsors animal cruelty exhibit at USF

This week the Students Protecting the Environment and Animals with Knowledge (SPEAK) are sponsoring an exhibit comparing the exploitation of humans and animals. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals’ young adult division, PETA2, was also at the exhibit, showing images of torture, mutilation, and imprisonment. They made the point that all exploited species suffer…. Read more »

The ocean as power plant

Last month at the University of South Florida, researchers from around the state gathered to discuss all types of renewable energies. Compared with some other technologies, energy from the ocean energy is undeveloped but shows potential. Commercial ocean energy harvesting systems do not exist today. Many efforts are underway around the world, but there is… Read more »

SWFWMD hosts district-wide open house

In a district-wide open house last Thursday night, the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) solicited input from the public about possible lands the district should acquire for protection, management, and restoration. Only a handful of citizens attended the meeting and voiced concerns about local and regional land acquisition. SWFWMD’s Eric Sutton points out how… Read more »

Jack E. Davis on Marjory Stoneman Douglass and the Everglades

Jack Davis held a conversation at the Tampa Bay History Center this Sunday, discussing his new book An Everglades Providence: Marjory Stoneman Douglas and the American Environmental Century. Marjory Stoneman Douglass was a renowned Florida Environmental activist, writer, journalist and feminist who changed the way Floridians and Americans think about the importance of preserving the… Read more »