Compost Versus Waste on the Sustainable Living Program

On Monday’s Sustainable Living Program we had two guests talking about compost versus waste. Joining us was Joseph Jenkins, author of the Humanure Handbook, that was first published in 1994 and today the 4th edition of the bestseller is being released. Joe has traveled the world teaching others to make gardens instead of sewage. Also,… Read more »

Hands Across the Sand opposition to drilling and fracking

Environmentalist gives Florida governor an “F” on conservation lands promise

During his campaign for governor and after he was elected, Ron DeSantis promised Floridians he would be a champion for conservation lands. His website says he “will work with Florida’s legislative leadership to ensure proper funding is put toward conservation and preservation.” But a conservation advocate grades the governor as low as an “F” on… Read more »

Home Energy Conservation on the Sustainable Living Program

On Monday’s Sustainable Living Program we started out talking with the marketing staff for a net zero energy Smart Home community in Manatee County. They only have one model home open, which has solar power and is LEED Platinum Certified. The community plan includes common areas and an electric ferry; but apparently is going to… Read more »

Hands Across the Sand opposition to drilling and fracking

Environmentalists fear confirmation of Interior Secretary could lead to oil drilling near Florida

UPDATE: Thursday April 11, 2019:  The U.S. Senate confirmed former oil and gas lobbyist David Bernhardt as the secretary of the Interior Department. Environmentalists are concerned that oil and gas drilling off Florida could become a reality if a new Interior Department Secretary is confirmed by the Senate as soon as this week. The moratorium… Read more »

Robert Hunziker. Anissa Gray. Clive Thompson. on Life Elsewhere

Frequent contributor to Life Elsewhere, Robert Hunziker says global warming is a fact of life that haunts society with consequences that hit hard, exponentially, but where nobody lives. It is happening hyper fast, and it’s downright scary as major ecosystems of the planet turn upside down in nasty fashion. He goes on to say that… Read more »

What is the Green New Deal?

The Green New Deal is the Progressive Green Dream. What exactly does it address? The Green New Deal, spurred on by last October’s Special Report on Global Warming, has three goals, as outlined by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Ed Markey: (1) to create millions of good, high-wage jobs in the United States; (2) to provide… Read more »

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Earthjustice attorney talks about “Two Years of Overruling Trump” in court

The nonprofit group EarthJustice has put out a report on its more than 100 lawsuits against the Trump administration. It’s called “Two Years of Overrulling Trump” and outlines efforts for EarthJustice to push back against weakening environmental regulations. On WMNF’s MidPoint Monday, host Seán Kinane interviewed David Baron, managing attorney with EarthJustice’s Washington, D.C. office. Listen… Read more »

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 »