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Florida red tide algae fueled by several nutrient sources: Mote scientist listen

11/07/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: red tide, Mote Marine Laboratory, science, Gulf of Mexico, algae, nutrients, algae blooms, Sarasota


Red tide can be a problem in Florida – both for marine species and for humans; now, several researchers, including from Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, have just published their findings about how nutrients fuel red tides.

WMNF News interviewed Kellie Dixon, a senior scientist at Mote and the program manager for their chemical and physical ecology program.

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Hillsborough County's Adopt a Pond Program; and Edward Snowden on the Run from the US Government

06/24/13 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up on the first part of the program we’ll talk about an important local environmental program in Hillsborough County- The Adopt a Pond program. On the second part of the program we’ll talk about Edward Snowden- the private contractor who has become a whistleblower revealing the extent of US spying on electronic communications.

John McGee and Jennifer Aragon are live in the studio with us—she's with the Hillsborough Co...


Stopping toxic algae blooms in Florida's waterways; and new information on allegations that Vern Buchanan may Have funnelled money illegally to his Congressional campaigns

09/26/11 Robert Lorei
Last Call Monday
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First up this afternoon - According to the Florida Independent, "Several members of Florida’s Republican congressional delegation sent a letter last week to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, urging her to withdraw what they called the agency’s “job-killing” water regulations in Florida."

The “nutrient criteria,” which were mandated under the Bush administration, aim to place stricter limits on phosphorus and nitrogen, which lead to algal blooms and fish kills in state waterways...

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Plastic flamingos, St. Pete officials unite to fight proposed pro-fertilizer industry law listen

04/07/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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In recent years, cities throughout Florida have been banning use of certain fertilizers with the hope of curbing water pollution. Now, the state legislature is pushing through a law that would limit local control over fertilizer use. Today St. Petersburg became the latest city to pass a resolution opposing that bill.

The front lawn at St. Petersburg City Hall went kitsch this morning ahead of the City Council meeting. Dozens of pink plastic flamingos covered the small rectangle of grass. I...

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