Environment

COMMENTARY

When it comes to FL politicians and the environment, a myth is as good as a mile

BY: - August 26, 2021

You may find this hard to believe, but Florida is full of mythical creatures. I don’t mean the fantastic critters you see at the theme parks – the talking mice, the flying carpet, the dancing candlesticks serving your dinner. No, I mean things like our version of the Yeti, the odiferous Skunk Ape. It supposedly […]

Biden to nominate first tribal member to lead National Park Service

BY: - August 19, 2021

President Joe Biden plans to nominate the first enrolled tribal member to head the National Park Service — Oregon conservationist Charles F. Sams III, the White House announced Wednesday. If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, he would be the first full-time director since Jonathan B. Jarvis left the job at the end of the Obama […]

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Raising the dam-nable road that ruined Florida’s Everglades

BY: - August 19, 2021

Much like all the Florida men and women who drive on them — usually while yakking on their phones, fixing their makeup, and reloading their guns — Florida’s roads tend to have a, shall we say, “interesting” backstory. For instance, Interstate 4, the deadliest highway in the nation, is supposedly haunted by the ghosts of […]

White House pledges to fight court order on oil and gas leases; activists want more

BY: - August 18, 2021

The Biden administration plans to appeal a federal court decision forcing the government to restart oil and gas leases that have been paused since January. But administration officials are also promising to comply in a way that takes into account the damage caused by fossil fuel development. The two-part move worries progressive activists and members […]

Pay boost for federal firefighters OK’d by Biden administration

BY: - August 17, 2021

WASHINGTON — As wildfires rage in the western United States, the Biden administration on Tuesday announced it is hiking pay for federal wildland firefighters to at least $15 per hour. Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said the change will boost pay for 3,500 firefighters with the Interior Department and […]

Gov. DeSantis seeks Biden’s aid to cope with Tropical Storm Fred

BY: - August 16, 2021

Gov. Ron DeSantis has asked President Joe Biden to declare a federal state of emergency in 23 North Florida counties as Tropical Storm Fred brought heavy rains, storm surge, and high winds to the area. The move would entitle the state to federal assistance. The emergency would cover Bay, Calhoun, Citrus, Dixie, Escambia, Franklin, Gadsden, […]

At least 14 FL school districts closed in preparation for Tropical Storm Fred

BY: - August 16, 2021

Update: The Jefferson County school district was open Monday morning but closed at 12:30 p.m. due to weather, according to the Office of Emergency Management for the county. That brought the total county closures to 15. Just a week into the new academic school year, several Florida school districts decided to call off classes Monday […]

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Florida’s boondoggle bridge carries a curse for all who touch it

BY: - August 12, 2021

For years, I have heard that the only constants in this life are death and taxes, but I suspect this is not true. I think there’s at least one other constant, at least in my life — the Garcon Point Bridge. I have been writing about this Panhandle boondoggle for more than 20 years. Every […]

Dire report on global climate forecasts worsening problems in FL

BY: - August 11, 2021

Global climate scientists declared “code red for humanity” this week in a report forecasting an actual doomsday for the planet if nations around the world, particularly the largest ones, do not dramatically and quickly reduce pollution destroying the atmosphere. And while Florida is at elevated risk for climate impacts, due to its extensive coastlines, dense population, […]

‘Big and bold’ infrastructure bill still falls short on helping states fight climate change

BY: - August 6, 2021

The Senate is poised to pass a massive $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill that would upgrade state transportation networks, electric grids, water systems and more. It’s a major spending boost and potential job-creator that yet falls short of the administration’s goals to address climate change and reduce its effects in the states. The White House worked […]

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It’s a sin what we’ve done to Florida’s seagrass

BY: - August 5, 2021

The news reports around where I live in St. Petersburg have been greatly concerned with weights and measures recently. It’s an effort to quantify the horror of the ongoing red tide algae bloom by recounting the staggering amount of the sea life that has turned up dead: 500 tons! Three million pounds! 1,711 tons! And […]

Statewide survey: Most Floridians want more protection for the environment and more money to protect endangered species

BY: - August 3, 2021

With Florida’s population rising over a decade, most residents surveyed believe the state should do more to protect the environment from population growth and development, according to a statewide survey conducted by the University of South Florida. About 64 percent of the respondents felt that way, according to a sample of 600 Floridians questioned  in […]