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20 Apr: A Plastic Ocean

University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science hosts Debris Free Oceans in a screening of A Plastic Ocean “ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT FILMS OF OUR TIME” – DAVID ATTENBOROUGH Please join us for an evening to learn about the global issue of plastic pollution in our oceans. Free beer provided by Sailfish…

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19 Apr: Community Lecture: Marine Debris: Impacts and Solutions

Marine Debris: Impacts and Solutions (Part of a Debris Free Oceans 2-Day Event April 19-20) Tracy Nolan obtained her Masters of Professional Science degree from the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, in May of 2016. She has spent the majority of the last three years focusing on plastic pollution research,…

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02 Feb: Irula tribesmen chase pythons in the Everglades

Renown for their snake-hunting abilities, the Irula tribesmen of India have been hired by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) to help hunt and remove Burmese pythons from various areas, including the Everglades.  Within a week, they were able to catch 13 pythons.  FWC hopes that they may be able to learn new methods…

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31 Jan: FPL pipeline, solar push mark new year

Central Florida’s energy picture for 2017 – a mosaic of controversy, new direction and uncertainty for power bills – includes: •The election of President Donald Trump, casting doubt on the steps by Barack Obama to fight climate change, including a proposal to reduce emissions from electric plants such as those owned by the city of…

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30 Jan: Magnificent frigate bird may face bleak future

From time to time, beachgoers along Brevard and Volusia may look high in the sky and spot a very large bird with a distinctive “V” in each wing and a split tail. It’s an aerial virtuoso, the magnificent frigate bird, and Florida expert Ken Meyer fears they are in for tough times unless the species…

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22 Jan: Mysterious stranding kills 81 false killer whales off Southwest Florida

More than 80 false killer whales have been found dead after stranding themselves along the remote coast of Southwest Florida in Everglades National Park, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported Monday. So far, the death toll is 81, with just one of the rare whales found alive. Crews continue to search for another dozen…

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21 Jan: Water managers take steps to improve South Florida bays

Biscayne Bay and Florida Bay, the two massive and ailing shallow bays that draw tourists and dollars from around the globe, both got a little first aid Thursday. South Florida water managers signed off on two measures designed to bring more freshwater to both. While they represent only a fraction of what’s ultimately needed, the…

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19 Jan: Flesh-eating screwworm appears outside Florida Keys in stray dog

This is a very good reason so avoid leaving your pet outside all day, and to check pets thoroughly upon bringing them back in the house! For the first time in more than three decades, New World screwworm has been found on Florida’s mainland. A stray dog was found in Homestead with the flesh-eating parasite…

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18 Jan: Two new virus-carrying tropical mosquitoes discovered in South Florida

South Florida’s Zika-spreading, dengue-transmitting mosquito population just got a little more crowded. Two new tropical mosquitoes capable of carrying viruses dangerous to humans have been discovered in Homestead and Florida City by University of Florida researchers. The mosquitoes — native to Central and South America and the Greater Antilles — likely arrived on plants, spread…

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14 Jan: Great white sharks caught on video off Florida coast

Satellite Beach angler J.P. Prouty posted these pictures on his Facebook page of a great white shark encountered three days after Christmas off of Brevard County. J.P. Prouty – Facebook Florida, predictably, did not have a white Christmas. But one part of the coast did have a great white holiday. The Canaveral Princess, a party fishing vessel…

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13 Jan: Wild Kingdom: Python beats alligator in epic showdown

WARNING:  CONTAINS IMAGES WHICH SOME PEOPLE MAY FIND DISTURBING. A reporter for the Palm Beach Post who was biking in Big Cypress National Preserve recorded the moment when the two reptiles started a battle for their survival. The event occurred on December 21, 2016. It’s estimated that the snake could be up to 15 feet…