Environment

COMMENTARY

Good news! You’re Florida’s new governor. Bad news: Now you have to save our environment

BY: - November 10, 2022

Imagine you were just elected the governor of the third largest state in the U.S. You. Not the guy who, according to his recent ad, Jehovah created special on the eighth day. And not the guy who has been mistakenly called “Christ” yet couldn’t resurrect the Democratic Party in Florida. It’s all on you. And […]

Proposed constitutional amendments were popular, but not popular enough

BY: - November 9, 2022

Florida voters have decided not to grant themselves property tax breaks for armoring their homes against flooding. They also voted on Tuesday to keep the Constitutional Revision Commission — a panel convened every 20 years to decide whether and how to amend Florida’s basic charter. Finally, they said no to raising the homestead exemption by […]

Nicole upgraded to tropical storm; possible FL hurricane Wednesday, with Georgia now in trajectory

BY: - November 8, 2022

A large incoming storm named Nicole has been upgraded to a full tropical storm and could soon be a hurricane as it approaches the East Coast of Florida, according to the National Hurricane Center. But new projections in a public advisory on Tuesday includes the coastal areas of Georgia. That state is involved in an […]

Climate funding could suffer in the farm bill under GOP control of Congress

BY: - November 8, 2022

WASHINGTON — Republicans who may be taking control of Congress in this week’s midterm elections have not been very specific about many policy goals—but the farm bill is an exception. Members of the GOP in the U.S. House and Senate are sending strong signals they want to strip climate funding from the massive legislation in […]

Nicole expects to approach FL peninsula just after general election; 34 counties under emergency

BY: - November 7, 2022

An incoming storm in the Atlantic named Nicole is cutting close to disrupting the general elections Tuesday, but current projections forecast the brunt of the impacts to hit the East Coast of Florida by Wednesday and Thursday. Meanwhile, in an “abundance of caution,” Gov. Ron DeSantis announced a state of emergency for 34 counties — […]

Coal plant operators shirking responsibilities on ash cleanup, report contends

BY: - November 6, 2022

In the wake of major coal ash spills from power plant containment ponds in Tennessee and into the Dan River along the North Carolina and Virginia border, the federal Environmental Protection Agency in 2015 laid out the first federal rules for managing the ash, one of the nation’s largest waste streams, and the toxins it contains. But more than seven […]

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Even the U.K. is falling prey to culture wars over abortion, immigration and history

BY: - November 4, 2022

LONDON — If you’re wondering what the U.S. might be like after the midterms, take a look at the U.K. under the disinformation-purveying, dyspeptic, dysfunctional Conservative Party. It’s not an exact parallel, but it may seem familiar. The British Tories are not under the control of evangelical fruitcakes or quite as close as we are […]

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More than month after Ian: Southwest FL schools still struggling, adapting after hurricane damage

BY: - November 3, 2022

After Hurricane Ian slammed against the Southwest coast of Florida, several school districts suspected that damage, flooding, power outages and other difficulties might mean students may never get back into their classrooms. That was about five weeks ago. Now, school districts in Lee, Sarasota, DeSoto and Charlotte have slowly begun recovering from the impact of […]

Even as drought forces water cutbacks, climate gets short shrift in midterm election

BY: - November 2, 2022

LAKE MEAD, Nev. —The streaks of white on the rock ringing the nation’s largest reservoir show how far its water levels have dropped since it was last full. Lake Mead and nearby Lake Powell, which send water to 40 million people in the Southwest, are at their lowest levels since they were filled in the […]

Constitutional Amendment would ease financial burden of armoring property against flooding

BY: - November 1, 2022

Floridians have a chance to vote themselves property tax breaks on real estate improvements designed to protect their homes and businesses against flooding — something we’re already seeing and that will only get worse due to global warming. Global warming is a topic Gov. Ron DeSantis doesn’t like talking about. “What I’ve found is, people […]

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Gubernatorial debate skipped key questions about Florida’s worsening environmental problems

BY: - October 27, 2022

I watched the one and only Florida gubernatorial debate Monday night. I admit that I yelled at the TV set. No, I wasn’t mad at the two candidates, incumbent Gov. Ron DeSantis and challenger Charlie Crist. They’re both politicians with years of experience, and so they both behaved exactly the way politicians do. If they […]

States are vying for money to start ‘hydrogen hubs.’ What are they?

BY: - October 25, 2022

Across the country, states are inking agreements with neighbors or striking out on their own to pursue billions in federal funding to set up “hydrogen hubs,” clustered centers for production, storage and use of the gas that many see as a crucial piece of the puzzle for decarbonizing the U.S. economy. How broad a role […]