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Environmental Issues

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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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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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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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12 Jan: Massive South Florida reservoir back in spotlight at conference

A massive South Florida reservoir that is key to fixing the Everglades’ faulty plumbing, and has divided water managers and environmentalists, will once again take center stage at an annual meeting on restoration next weekend. Drawing conservationists, politicians and scientists from across the state and Washington, the Fort Myers conference, titled “Three Estuaries, One Solution,”…

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11 Jan: Goulds Pineland Preserve is now completely protected

Thanks to a contribution from TD Bank Forests Program and The Nature Conservancy of Florida Photo courtesy of Armando Paul Rodriguez/Miami-Dade County.  Among those picture are Commissioner Dennis C. Moss; Janet Gil, EEL Program Director; Rodell Collins, Natural Areas Management PROS; Milica Koscica, The Nature Conservancy; Jerry Montgomery, The Nature Conservancy; Pastor Timothy Shellman, Morning…

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10 Jan: Some Keys reefs show hike in coral disease, study finds

Coral reefs in the Florida Keys and South Florida generally avoided a bleaching blight this summer, but some local reefs showed “widespread coral disease.” Underwater surveys conducted by the Florida Reef Resilience Program, from August through October, found “prevalence of diseased corals among the sites in 2016 was greater than what was documented in both…

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04 Jan: Radio collars latest weapon in Key deer screwworm outbreak

Federal wildlife managers will begin putting radio collars on Key deer battling an outbreak of New World screwworm in an effort to stop the flesh-eating pest from spreading during the spring fawning season. The outbreak, the first in the U.S. in 30 years, struck as the fall mating season got underway and quickly spread through…

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03 Jan: Record nesting for sea turtles on Broward beaches

Turtles really dig Broward County beaches. They built a record number of nests there this year. “We were busy, but it’s all good,” Derek Burkholder, director of the Broward County sea turtle conservation program, said in a release. “We saw the most nests ever in the history of the program, so we don’t mind being…