Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on oil drilling off Florida

Zinke: “no new oil and gas platforms off the coast of Florida”

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said again Thursday that there will be no new oil and gas platforms off the state of Florida; his position on drilling off the coasts of Florida has been confusing this year. He was challenged Thursday in a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing by Maryland Senator Chris Van Hollen regarding draft regulations… Read more »

Cars Versus Car-less on the Sustainable Living program

On Monday’s WMNF Sustainable Living program our topic was Urban and Transportation Planning for our future. Guests included, Al Bartolotta, Rodney Chatman, and Chelsea Favero from Forward Pinellas; also from the University of South Florida Center for Urban Transportation and Research (CUTR) the director, Professor Robert Berniti joined the program. Topics discussed centered on car-less… Read more »

smokestack emissions

A young person suing Florida Governor Rick Scott on climate change inaction: on WMNF’s MidPoint Monday

On MidPoint Monday we heard from one of the young people suing Florida Governor Rick Scott and others in the state government over their inaction on climate change. We had two guests: 18-year-old college freshman and climate activist Delaney Reynolds and Tampa-area attorney Guy Burns, a Managing Partner at Johnson Pope Bokor Ruppel & Burns, LLP. Reynolds is… Read more »

coral disease

Several coral species could go locally extinct in Florida from white-plague disease

A mysterious disease is killing Florida corals, and a coral reef ecologist says the disease is still spreading and causing local extinctions of some coral species. What’s called white-plague disease spread when corals were already stressed and vulnerable after heat waves caused widespread coral bleaching. During a conference with reporters Thursday, the director of marine… Read more »

plastics ban

St. Pete businesses unveil voluntary plastics-reduction program; environmentalists want more

This Thursday, the St. Petersburg City Council will begin to discuss how to reduce the amount of single-use plastics in the city; and Tuesday morning a coalition of restaurant owners and civic groups unveiled a new campaign for businesses to voluntarily reduce the use of plastic straws. But for some environmentalists, that doesn’t go far… Read more »

stormwater, sewage

UPDATED: Will Rick Scott sign “toilet to tap” legislation?

UPDATE, Friday 6 April 2018: Governor Rick Scott has vetoed this bill. In the veto statement, Scott said “I’m not convinced that this legislation will not muddle Florida’s protection of our aquifers.” A Florida bill recently passed by the state legislature would allow more treated sewage to be pumped into the aquifer; it’s a bill that… Read more »

In Tampa, Adam Putnam says he’s ‘very pleased’ with Trump administration calling for a revision of NAFTA

Speaking at the Kimmins Contracting Corporation in Ybor City on Friday, GOP gubernatorial candidate Adam Putnam pumped up the Trump tax reform plan, and boasted that Florida is a low-tax state. The Putnam campaign had touted to reporters that the candidate would be making a “tax-related announcement”, but there was nothing new in his championing of… Read more »

Environment Florida releases report called Troubled Waters on industrial pollution

Industry still dumping pollution into Florida waterways: report

In less than 2 years industrial facilities dumped more pollution than allowed into Florida waters 270 times; that’s according to a new report from the Environment Florida Research & Policy Center called Troubled Waters. During a press conference Thursday morning along the shore of Hillsborough Bay at Ballast Point Park, Tampa-area Congress member Kathy Castor… Read more »

Update on lawsuit to enforce Florida’s conservation lands amendment

After Florida voters overwhelmingly supported amending the state constitution in 2014 to earmark funds for conservation lands, the state legislature came up short with the implementation; that’s the contention of several conservation organizations that sued the state to enforce the conservation lands Amendment 1. WMNF News interviewed their lead counsel, David Guest. Listen:  

Residents struggle for quiet with shooting range near environmentally important land

In northwest Hillsborough County there’s a 400-acre chunk of land that environmentalists hope to save as a way to keep recharging the drinking water aquifer; Monday night in the Hillsborough County Center there’s a land use meeting, in part to talk about the future of this land near Keystone that also includes a shooting range…. Read more »

Serenova Pasco County

Environmentalists cite a new reason feds should reject road through Serenova: $150 million price tag

Environmentalists are hoping to save a wilderness preserve in Pasco County from being bisected by a new road; and now that the county’s budget has come out, supporters of the Serenova preserve say they plan to ask the feds to deny permitting because the cost estimate for the Ridge Road Extension has nearly doubled. WMNF… Read more »

Center for Biological Diversity

Could Floridians vote on a drilling ban in state waters?

There is one possible amendment up for consideration by the Florida Constitutional Revision Commission that would ban all fossil fuel drilling in Florida waters; our guest in the studio was Jaclyn Lopez, Florida director of the Center For Biological Diversity. The Constitutional Revision Commission is formed every 20 years and its members are mostly picked by… Read more »

sea-level rise UCS science

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 »