Florida’s Natural Ecosystem & Prescribed Burn on the Sustainable Living show

On Monday’s WMNF Sustainable Living Program our topic was Preserving and Improving Florida’s Natural Ecosystem. Prescribed burning is one method of management of natural areas and this year’s Fire Fest is happening in Sarasota County on February 2nd. Our guests were some of the participants at Fire Fest. Joining us was Jeff Weber, an Environmental… Read more »

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St. Pete awarded Michael Bloomberg’s American Cities Climate Challenge

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced at a press conference Thursday morning that St. Petersburg is one of the cities that has won the Bloomberg’s American Cities Climate Challenge. St. Pete will get a full-time staff person and other resources worth $2.5 million from Bloomberg Philanthropies to help tackle greenhouse gas emissions, especially… Read more »

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Enviromental groups plan to sue Corps for polluted Lake Okeechobee discharges

Three Florida environmental groups announced Wednesday that they intend to sue several federal agencies unless they take precautions to stop harming endangered species before releasing more polluted water from Lake Okeechobee. The water released contains toxic “green slime” cyanobacteria as well as high concentrations of nutrients that can feed red tide outbreaks. Jaclyn Lopez is… Read more »

Puzzling Electoral Behavior, Explained on Life Elsewhere

In The Forgotten: How the People of One Pennsylvania County Elected Donald Trump and Changed America, Ben Bradlee Jr. reports on how voters in Luzerne County, a pivotal county in a crucial swing state, came to feel like strangers in their own land – marginalized by flat or falling wages, rapid demographic change, and a liberal culture… Read more »

From the Beaches to the Springs How Do We Protect Florida’s Waters?

From the beaches to the springs to the pristine underground aquifer to the Everglades and the rivers— Florida’s waters are like nowhere else on earth. Two of Florida’s most knowledgeable people about the state of our water join us in a moment to talk about Florida’s water resources. And later—Florida’s economy has mostly recovered from… Read more »

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Worried about red tide on Pinellas beaches? “Plan ahead and call ahead”

High concentrations of the organism that causes red tide are being found on virtually all of the beaches in Pinellas County barrier islands; Pinellas County Environmental Management measured high concentrations of Karenia brevis cells Monday from Indian Rocks Beach south to the Ft. DeSoto Gulf Pier. And depending on weather conditions, that’s causing fish to… Read more »

Red Tide shows up in Senate race and by Pinellas beaches

Florida Gov. Scott confronted by protesters at campaign stop Florida Gov. Rick Scott was confronted by dozens of protesters during a southwest Florida campaign stop. The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reported that protesters upset with the state’s ongoing red tide outbreak jammed the sidewalk outside a restaurant that Scott visited. The newspaper reports that Scott was forced to… Read more »

Woman Banned From Pinellas County Park For Objecting To The Application Of Roundup

Yesterday local environmentalist Tanja Vidovic (and WMNF volunteer) was banned from a Pinellas County Park for objecting to the spraying of the controversial herbicide Roundup on park grounds. According to Vidovic she was in Safety Harbor’s Philippe Park when she observed several private contractors about to spray the chemical Roundup on what they told her… Read more »

Electric & Hybrids Cars on The Sustainable Living Program

On Monday’s WMNF Sustainable Living program our topic was Electric Vehicles, hybrid and plug-in hybrids. Our guests were Dory Larson, Electric Vehicles Program Associate with the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, where her work is to promote Electric Vehicle ownership; also Todd Thomson, the owner of Tampa Hybrids in Lutz, joined the program. Todd specializes… Read more »

Community Gardens on the Sustainable Living Program

On Monday’s Sustainable Living Program our topics were community gardens how cities can transform their corporate dependent food supply systems to local, people friendly, city grown systems. Our guests were panelists on the upcoming Bridge Tampa Foundation’s forum and film about Edible Cities.  The Bridge is a local non-profit Foundation that connects community and ecology…. Read more »

Top Environmentalist Warns Florida Springs and Freshwater Aquifer Are at Risk

Florida springs and aquifer at risk warns top environmentalist This year the environment is emerging as a top issue in both the primary and the general election. The Democrats have been debating who is closer to Big Sugar and a mall to be built by a Graham family company near the Everglades. Candidates are attacking… Read more »

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Environmentalist wary of Mosaic moving corporate headquarters to Hillsborough

The giant fertilizer company Mosaic announced last week that it plans to move its corporate headquarters from Minnesota to Hillsborough County; the announcement by the Fortune 500 company was greeted by many local leaders with delight. But environmentalists, like Suncoast Waterkeeper Andy Mele, accuse Mosaic of being a detriment to the community. “I think Mosaic’s… Read more »