MidPoint for Friday, March 11 – Pinecrest Village Mayor Cindy Lerner & Think Progress report Alice Ollstein

Filling in for Janelle Irwin today, Mitch Perry hosted Pincrest Village Mayor Cindy Lerner and Think Progress reporter Alice Ollstein. Lerner was one of 21 Florida mayors who wrote to CNN last week, asking them to make sure to ask the GOP candidates for president questions about climate change at the March 10th debate at… Read more »

How Did Penis Size Become More Important Than Climate Change In The Presidential Race?

Robert Hunziker is not happy. He wakes up at night in a cold sweat. Robert Hunziker is a freelance writer and environmental journalist who insists that the next Presidential election will be the most important in our lifetime. We are living dangerous times he says. The ice caps are melting. Global warming is real and… Read more »

opponents of fracking in Florida

Florida Senate committee votes on fracking Thursday

Last month the state House passed a bill that would study and regulate fracking in Florida; the Senate version will get its final committee vote Thursday. At a press conference in Temple Terrace City Hall Wednesday morning, Michelle Allen, the Florida organizer with Food and Water Watch, called the bill a smokescreen. The City of Temple… Read more »

Jennifer Rubiello

Fracking opponents will bring their protest to Florida legislators

This session the Florida Legislature is considering bills to regulate fracking. This week the Senate Environmental Protection and Conservation Committee advanced a bill that prohibits local governments from banning the controversial oil and natural gas drilling technique. Jennifer Rubiello is state director for Environment Florida, one of the groups organizing demonstrations against fracking. You can find… Read more »

Best Books from 2015 according to From a Woman’s POV

We had several authors chat with us on the show this year and Arlene has compiled a list of her favorites. They’re listed below in alphabetical order:     Cynthia Barnett, Rain: A Natural and Cultural History. Crown. Like the air we breathe and the earth we walk, rain is elemental. We accept it as… Read more »

Year in Review: Stories that had us talking in 2015

As the year 2015 comes to an end this week, we take time to review some of the top stories that had us talking this year. Gay marriage was legalized by the Supreme Court in June and COP 21 was signed in December. However, unfortunately in 2015 there was an increase in gun violence, police… Read more »

Compassionate Communication on the Sustainable Living show

Today on the Sustainable Living Program we spent the hour talking about communication skills. Our guests were Stephanie Bachmann Mattei, a certified trainer with the Center for Nonviolent Communication, and Andrew Rock, a member of the Florida Center for Mindfulness. Andrew’s also the co-founder of the Tampa Bay Climate Action Network and last week had… Read more »

Women Discuss Climate Change Through The Lens Of Their Lives

There has been a lot of talk about the recent COP 21 agreement in Paris, where almost 200 countries came together and agreed to cut emissions and the global temperature to under 2  degrees Celsius. We thought it would be great idea for us to speak with Dipti Bhatnagar , climate justice and energy coordinator… Read more »

Ten myths about guns debunked; Tampa activist reports from Climate Change conference in Paris

by Rob Lorei Today on Radioactivity, we first listened to a report from local activist Kelly Benjamin who covering the  United Nations Climate Change Conference  in Paris, where World leaders are gathering for 11 days to work on an international pact to reduce carbon emissions. We then listened to an interview that  french journalist Nicolas Henin gave to The… Read more »

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National Geographic devotes full issue to climate change

Climate change could be the most important challenge of the 21st Century; our guests on MidPoint contributed to the current issue of National Geographic magazine that’s all about the climate. It comes out weeks before major international climate talks in Paris. Our first guest, Dennis Dimick, is the executive editor for the environment for National Geographic magazine. We also went slightly… Read more »

Karl Nurse.

St. Pete plans to upgrade sewer infrastructure

In a newspaper column Wednesday, St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Krisemen wrote he is recommending to City Council using money from the BP disaster settlement on storm resiliency and sustainability. That’s after the city dumped fifteen million gallons of partially-treated sewage into a stormwater pond connected to Clam Bayou during a massive rain event two months ago…. Read more »

Sea-level rise causing Pinellas to look at infrastructure

A University of Miami geologist is calling the problem of sea-level rise irreversible because 93 percent of excess heat from global warming is in the oceans; at St. Petersburg College in Seminole Friday, Harold Wanless warned that barrier islands, like those lining the coast of Pinellas County, may start to be abandoned in as soon… Read more »

From a Woman’s Point of View Discusses Shell’s withdrawal from Arctic 10/1

Sometimes the people win…….. Who would have thought that all the kayakers, activists rappelling from the bridge and the thousands of other protesting Shell and its efforts to drill in the arctic would have proved successful?  SHELL WITHDREW!  …too much trouble and not enough profit.  Though I think lack of profitability might have been the… Read more »

Radioactivity listeners discuss Pope Francis’s first visit to the US

Today on Radioactivity we listen to some soundbites from Pope Francis’s speech at a joint session of congress this morning, his first official statement to the country during his 6-day visit. The Pope addresses several climate change, family values, and his opposition to the death penalty. We then open up the phone line for listener… Read more »

Jennifer Rubiello

Should fracking be banned in Florida?

On MidPoint we looked at hydraulic fracturing in Florida and citizens’ efforts to stop it; joining us on the phone from southwest Florida was Dr. Karen Dwyer, co-founder of the Stonecrab Alliance, an environmental advocacy group. Our in-studio guest was Jennifer Rubiello, state director of Environment Florida. Tuesday in Naples the Board of Collier County Commissioners is meeting and one… Read more »

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Jeffrey Vinik says planned Tampa development will withstand sea-level rise

Tampa Bay Lighting general manager Jeffrey Vinik says his planned massive development in Tampa’s Channel District will be secure against the threats of sea-level rise. Vinik spoke to the Tampa Tiger Bay Club political gathering this afternoon. Afterward, WMNF News asked Vinik if he is concerned about sea-level rise and global warming since his development is… Read more »

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Could rising atmospheric CO2 affect Florida sinkhole formation?

As humans continue to burn fossil fuels and cut down forests, levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere have skyrocketed far beyond historic levels; the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration began measuring carbon dioxide levels more than 400 parts per million for the first time in 2013. Atmospheric CO2, along with other greenhouse gasses, is causing… Read more »

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Florida scientists warn about ocean acidification

There are at least three major ways that skyrocketing levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere are affecting the oceans and species, like humans, that depend on them; you probably already know about soaring temperatures and about rising seas, but scientists discussed the third – ocean acidification – at a roundtable panel Wednesday in Sarasota. Higher concentrations… Read more »

Kriseman Cuba

Kriseman told Cuba its consulate should be in St. Pete

St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman has returned from what he called a “very worthwhile trip” to Cuba. During a press conference at City Hall Tuesday afternoon, Kriseman said he was blown away by the beauty and the arts in Havana. The St. Petersburg delegation met for two hours with the deputy director for American affairs… Read more »