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Tampa Bay residents can apply to FEMA for Hermine relief

On Friday, Governor Rick Scott announced that Floridians who lost jobs as a result of the flooding and storms during Hurricane Hermine may be eligible for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (more information below); in addition, residents who suffered wind or flood damage during the storm several weeks ago can apply to FEMA for assistance. FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance Teams… Read more »

Women’s Show – Florida Phosphates and the new National Museum of African American History and Culture 9/22

Have you been following the massive sinkhole – just 30 miles east of Tampa in New Wales? JACLYN LOPEZ, Florida Director, Staff Attorney, Center for Biological Diversity. Jacki thinks Florida may be beginning to wake up to its massive phosphate mining problems.  The sinkhole has already caused at least 215 million gallons of contaminated water to… Read more »

DIY Solar on the Sustainable Living program

On Monday’s WMNF Sustainable Living Show we first talked with a couple of members of our local Sierra Club about the Sierra National Campaign aimed at leveraging the power of cities to catalyze a national transition toward renewable energy. Lisa Hinton, Suncoast Sierras Executive Community Chair, and James Scott, Sierras St. Pete 100% Ready Coordinator… Read more »

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St. Pete dumps wastewater into Bay pre-Hurricane Hermine

On Thursday Hermine strengthened to a hurricane; because of heavy rainfall Wednesday the City of St. Petersburg began what it calls a “controlled wastewater discharge into Tampa Bay.” The city says based on previous releases “90% of the discharge is expected to consist of rainwater/storm water.” But St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman says the amount of… Read more »

Tropical Storm Hermine

Tropical Storm Hermine will hit Florida Thursday

*update: Hermine became a hurricane on Thursday September 1 Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency Wednesday because of the approaching Tropical Storm Hermine. The state of emergency covers 42 counties, including Pinellas, Hillsborough, Polk and the counties north of the Tampa Bay region. It’s about 400 miles west-southwest of Tampa. The National Hurricane Center has upgraded… Read more »

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Pinellas leaders considering genetically modified mosquitoes for Zika fight

A Pinellas County resident contracted Zika in Florida, so county officials are scrambling to find ways to control the mosquito that carries the virus; several leaders have signed a letter to the feds asking for permission to release genetically modified mosquitoes as part of the strategy to kill Aedes aegypti. One person who signed is… Read more »

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Supporters have range of reasons to like Florida solar amendment

Florida voters are deciding this month whether to add a business tax break for solar power to the state constitution. Wayne Wallace is president of Solar Source, a Largo company that installs solar panels. He recommends that people vote “yes” on Amendment 4. Listen to the full story here: “People ask us all the time:… Read more »

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USF Health: Zika is greatest threat to American babies since polio

The Zika virus can cause microcephaly and other birth defects; Charles Lockwood, the senior vice president of USF Health says, “This virus presents an extraordinary challenge to obstetricians and to our patients. And I think it is the greatest threat to the well-being of American babies since polio. And I hope that that turns out… Read more »

True Blunders on Life Elsewhere

“Global warming is a total and a very expensive hoax!” This is only one of many tweets by GOP Presidential contender Mr. Trump on the subject of climate change. But that brash declaration caught the attention of environmental journalist, Robert Hunziker. He felt compelled to voice his rebuttal. In the always readable CounterPunch, Robert lays out… Read more »

Women’s Show – “Rewriting the Rules” and Clean Water

Photo by Brian Simms We are happy to be back after a two-week break….thanks to those who let us know you missed us….. We hope you enjoyed the convention coverage by Democracy Now!  Less than 100 days to go…  And it was a very historic moment for women.  It is a milestone for there to… Read more »

Women’s Show – Platforms…Who reads? We do

We are coming down to crunch time….. This has gone beyond mud fights and something tells me the game hasn’t even begun.  The conventions are coming up in just a few weeks.  Do the platforms matter?  Well – yes and no…..  they, of course, are not binding, but they do give a hint of some… Read more »

Can Tampa handle the consequences of climate change ?

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160609_110617_radioactivityR1_191.MP3 By Rob Lorei Tropical Storm Colin lashed Tampa Bay earlier this week, causing flooding, road and bridge closures, and forcing some local cities to release raw and partially treated sewage into local waterways. Amid rising sea levels and increased rainfall, the results of global warming as scientists have predicted, can Tampa bay handle the effects… Read more »

Hands Across the Sand opposition to drilling and fracking

Update on impact of Shell Oil spill in Gulf of Mexico

This month more than 88,000 gallons of oil leaked from a Shell Oil pipeline in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana; for an update on the spill’s effect on wildlife, WMNF News spoke with Scott Eustis, a coastal wetlands specialist with Gulf Restoration Network. Listen: We spoke about impacts on wildlife, oil spill response cooperation… Read more »

Hands Across the Sand opposition to drilling and fracking

Art project will be part of Hands Across the Sand

Environmentalists who support clean energy, oppose dirty fuels and say no to offshore drilling will join Hands Across the Sand this Saturday at beaches in Pinellas County and elsewhere. The guest on WMNF News’ MidPoint, , Lisa Hinton is with Suncoast Sierra Club. She’s helping to organize Hands Across the Sand on Treasure Island this Saturday. Listen to the… Read more »

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St. Petersburg seeks ordinance to ban fracking

St. Petersburg City Council will soon consider an ordinance to ban the drilling technique known as fracking and the transportation or storage of fracking wastewater within the city limits; Council vice chair Darden Rice says fracking for natural gas is too risky for St. Pete’s regional water supply, climate change and rising seas. Listen to the… Read more »

An Angry Woman’s Heart – on From a Woman’s POV

 I am getting steamed – really, really steamed.  If I hear one more comment on “the women’s card…..”  Read Rebecca Solnit’s column, “If Donald Trump Were a Woman and Hillary Clinton Were a Man: Here’s what the election would look like” (posted on our Facebook page ).  This election campaign is turning the spotlight on… Read more »

Remembering Prince, An Illegal Hike & A Gothic Serial Killer Next On Life Elsewhere

The news came in, literally moments after we had made the final edits to the latest edition of Life Elsewhere…Prince was dead. Immediately we searched through all of our many music-biz contacts to come up with someone qualified to pay tribute to the music legend.  As the minutes then hours passed, tributes to Prince were… Read more »

An Illegal Hike Across The Heartland – Next on Life Elsewhere

Ken Ilgunas says his new book is about coming to terms with climate change and figuring out what our role as individuals should be in confronting something so big and so out of our hands. It’s about taking a few months of your life to look at your country from a new perspective. Ultimately, it’s… Read more »