MidPoint for Sept. 14 – Examining the post – Irma environment

With tens of thousands still without power under sweltering conditions, we spoke about the recovery efforts ongoing after Hurricane Irma hit the Tampa Bay area Sunday night. Hillsborough County Commissioner Pat Kemp, Hillsborough County Hazard Mitigation Manager Gene Henry, and FEMA representatives Dan Needham and Keith St. Claire joined the show to talk about what… Read more »

Tampa Bay post-Irma: updates on power and assisted-living facilities

The Florida Department of Transportation announced Thursday that I-75 will remain open, as Hurricane Irma flood waters have been receding on the Santa Fe River. As of Thursday morning, FDOT says their engineers and state meteorologists do not think that the river will reach a level to make the interstate unsafe. Hernando County Emergency Management… Read more »

Women’s Show 8/31– Hurricane Harvey – Desperate Havoc and Beyond Nuclear

Words simply cannot convey the desperate havoc that is besieging the people of Houston and the surrounding areas… Climate Change – regardless of your belief in the causation – is very real and simply cannot be ignored and disregarded.  Everything about Hurricane Harvey underscores the warnings that meteorologists and scientists have been giving for years. … Read more »

Climate Change, Renewable Energy, & Plans for Action on the Sustainable Living Show

On Monday’s Sustainable Living program we talked about climate change, renewable energy, and plans for action. The St Petersburg Area League of Women Voters is hosting an upcoming Sustainability Summit that will be addressing these issues. Joining us were two members of the League of Woman Voters Sustainability Action Team, Lisa Vanover and Claire Karas. Also… Read more »

Vote delayed on massive Manatee County bay-front development

Manatee County Commissioners have again delayed a vote on a massive coastal development called Aqua by the Bay; the latest special land use meeting began at 9:00 a.m. Wednesday and lasted into the early evening, when commissioners voted 6-1 to postpone a vote until September 29. The proposed 529-acre project along two miles of Sarasota… Read more »

Sabal Trail pipeline and DAPL protest

Federal appeals court rejects Sabal Trail approval; decision could affect other pipelines

On Tuesday  a federal appeals court struck a blow to the Sabal Trail pipeline that carries natural gas for hundreds of miles through Florida; to find out how the decision could impact controversial pipelines across the country, WMNF News spoke with Frank Jackalone, Florida chapter director of Sierra Club. Listen: “Pipeline fighters all across the country… Read more »

Recycling and Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful on the Sustainable Living Program

On Monday’s Sustainable Living Program we talked about recycling and other environmental topics. Our guests were the Executive Director for Keeping Tampa Bay Beautiful, Debbie Evenson, and their Development Manager, Emily Schwartz; Travis Barn, the Recycling Coordinator with Hillsborough County Public Works Department; and Jason LeBlanc, General Manager with Conex Recycling also helped with the… Read more »

Women’s Show 8/10 – Medea Benjamin, Ms. Ray Acheson, & Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom

Fire and Fury…….the hour of reckoning is at hand……. All this is happening on the 72nd anniversary of the U.S. dropping atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.  “When will they learn? When will they ever learn?” (Pete Seeger)  Flowers don’t make it to the graveyards any more, they are already being burned to ash by climate… Read more »

Plastics are forever (and that isn’t really a good thing)

Fifty years ago Mr. McGuire told Benjamin Braddock that the future was one word. Plastics While the screenplay was positing plastics as the absolutely last thing the future was supposed to be, Mr. McGuire was right. According to a just published research article (in Science Advances), intimidatingly titled Production, use, and fate of all plastics ever made,  by Roland… Read more »

Women’s Show 8/3 – LGBT, Transgender, Title VII, Trump Russian Connections and Monsanto/Roundup lawsuit

LGBT, Transgender, Title VII, Trump Russian Connections – what next? The staccato firing of the Twitter/Tweets continue.  Put your flack vest on and find cover – you might be next.  Transgender – out of the military, out of sight.  LGBT – do you think you’re special?  Title VII of workplace discrimination does not apply to… Read more »

New Study About Growing Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone Links It to Meat Production, Factory Farming and Fertilizer

Radioactivity August 2, 2017 11AM Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up- we’ll talk later about the new lawsuit filed against FOX News over allegedly issuing a false story about former Democratic staffer Seth rich and the Wikileaks documents that became so prominent in last year’s election. But first there’s a new… Read more »

Home Power Rocket Stoves and More on the Sustainable Living Program

On Monday’s Sustainable Living program we spent the hour talking with a Senior Editor for Home Power Magazine and a clean energy teacher, Ian Woofenden. We had a great discussion about rocket stoves, ductless mini-split ACs, cordless tools, why ‘off-grid’ sounds cool but costs way more, and the many other clean energy conservation products that… Read more »

stormwater, sewage

Pros and cons of reopening the Whitted wastewater plant

One proposed solution to St. Petersburg’s wastewater treatment capacity problem is to re-open a facility that was closed in 2015; the Tampa Bay Times recently reported on a draft investigation from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission that placed blame for the massive sewage spills of the last two years both on previous administrations… Read more »

What passed and failed and the 2018 Florida Budget

The proposed Florida State 2018 budget has been sent to the Governor. Educators and citizens are calling on Governor Rick Scott to veto the budget because of the shift of $140 million to private education from struggling public schools, and forcing school districts to share capital funds with charter schools . House Bill 7609 was crafted away… Read more »

Hands Across the Sand opposition to drilling and fracking

On Saturday: Hands Across the Sand & March Against Monsanto

We look at two events coming up this weekend; our guests talk about several local actions for March Against Monsanto and for Hands Across the Sand. Christine Wall, is helping to organize March Against Monsanto in Tampa. Here’s a list of several local events: *March Against Monsanto – Tampa – Gaslight Square Park (Downtown Tampa). Festivities start at… Read more »