Laura Cassels

Laura Cassels

Laura Cassels is a reporter, former statehouse bureau chief, and former city editor. She is a classical pianist, a Florida State University graduate and proud alum of the Florida Flambeau, an independent college newspaper. Contact her at [email protected]

U.S. Reps in Glasgow aim to bolster climate-rescue efforts at global conference

By: - November 10, 2021

A delegation of Congressional Democrats including Florida Rep. Kathy Castor told conferees Wednesday at the global climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland, that the United States is not just talking, it is acting to reduce pollution, gird against vulnerabilities such as extreme storms, heat and flooding and demonstrate how major polluters can change. “America is back […]

Rarely sighted chief science officer appears while DeSantis touts millions in cleanup projects

By: - November 9, 2021

Touting funding for local projects to reduce pollution from faulty sewer systems and septic tanks, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis presented his rarely sighted chief science officer Tuesday at a press conference in Hernando County. “These are exactly the kinds of projects we need,” said Dr. Mark Rains, named Florida’s chief science officer in March when […]

Obama at world climate conference: We are falling short

By: - November 8, 2021

Returning to the world stage on climate change, former President Barack Obama on Monday told world leaders and young people gathered in Glasgow, Scotland, that time is running out to prevent life-threatening degradation of the planet’s climate, and he called on the world’s young people to demand better. “Collectively and individually, we are still falling […]

Florida mayors seek solutions at world climate conference; state government reps absent

By: - November 5, 2021

Three Florida mayors from cities feeling the consequences of climate change have traveled to Glasgow, Scotland, for the international climate conference where world leaders are trying to hammer out treaties to save the planet from overheating. No state administration officials from Florida are known to be among the conferees at the summit called COP26, despite […]

Sports worlds pledge to cut climate-heating emissions by half this decade

By: - November 3, 2021

The National Basketball Association, professional baseball, hockey and soccer teams, international motor sports, tennis pros, surfers, runners and wrestlers are accelerating their campaign to fight climate change. At events Tuesday and Wednesday at the COP 26 climate conference in Glasgow, Scotland, universities, professional and amateur leagues from across the world announced new or intensified pledges […]


As Biden promotes climate action to world leaders, support in Congress still divided

By: - November 2, 2021

President Joe Biden on Tuesday spoke to world leaders at a global climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland, about reducing methane gases and taking other measures in order to sustain humankind. Back in the United States, Democrats and Republicans remain apart on the climate issues and the president’s agenda at home is in flux in the […]

Game on: Seminole Tribe launches first legalized sports betting in FL history

By: - November 1, 2021

Just hours ahead of a Monday Night Football game between the New York Giants and the Kansas City Chiefs, Hard Rock Sportsbook launched Florida’s first legalized sports betting operations on Monday, announcing on its website “Game On, Florida.” It marks the first time in Florida’s history that sports betting is offered statewide and under the […]

Social media delivers global climate summit to viewers across the world

By: - November 1, 2021

The global climate summit that began Sunday in Glasgow, Scotland, is not only grappling with looming catastrophe but presenting stunning multimedia images of life on Earth in all its glory: dolphins skimming through sea waters of the United Kingdom, tropical fish swimming through Australian coral reefs,, and mountain climbers gazing over snow-capped peaks in France. […]

Americans in climate-threatened regions anxious for solutions from world summit

By: - October 31, 2021

Flooded beach towns will be abandoned along millions of miles of coastlines. Islands will be inundated. It has already begun. Heat will become so oppressive that field workers can’t endure it and crops fail. It’s already happening. Huge wildfires will scorch millions of acres and spew toxic smoke plumes across swaths of the planet. Astronauts […]

FL TaxWatch: Climate change hurts businesses and taxpayers; lawmakers should act

By: - October 26, 2021

Climate change is bad for business in Florida and bad for taxpayers, says a new analysis by government watchdog Florida TaxWatch that calls for policy changes to contain the damage. The report, titled “A Rising Tide Sinks All Homes: The Effects of Climate Change on Florida’s Economy,” forecasts billions in current and future financial losses […]

U.S. Rep Castor of FL and other climate leaders call for passage of Biden’s historic climate agenda

By: - October 20, 2021

Congresswoman Kathy Castor of Tampa – chair of the U.S. House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis – said Wednesday at the U.S. Capitol it is urgent that the Senate pass the House-supported “Build Back Better” infrastructure plan that includes the nation’s first major legislation to curb climate change. “We are not going to miss […]

Redistricting panels weigh issues including concerns about Internet access and how to count inmates

By: and - October 20, 2021

Democrats raised fresh concerns Wednesday during hearings on new district maps for Florida House and Senate and congressional seats, including how to count prison inmates, how closely to adhere to existing districts, and the late arrival of documents for review during the day’s meetings. Additionally, they continued to press for public hearings in local communities […]