Eight-legged Looters invade Lee County

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 »

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 »