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02 Jan: Winter in Miami feeling a lot like summer in Miami

The hottest two years on record for Miami may end with one final bang: one of the toastiest Decembers on record. On Sunday, Miami set a new record for the warmest December day ever. Monday shattered another record, with the highest high at 86 degrees. With less than two weeks to go, it’s too soon…

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15 Oct: Regulators OK FPL’s plan to buy and close another coal-fired plant

TALLAHASSEE – Florida Power & Light, with an increased reliance on natural gas to generate electricity, got approval Monday to buy a second coal-fired power plant that it eventually intends to close. Members of the Florida Public Service Commission, meeting for less than 30 minutes, supported plans by the utility to spend $451.5 million of ratepayers’…

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13 Oct: The Nature Conservancy Supports the Bipartisan Climate Solutions Commission Act

A bipartisan commission to develop economically viable policies to achieve science-based emissions reduction targets.   Tallahassee, FL – The Nature Conservancy supports the bipartisan Climate Solutions Commission Act introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on Monday September 26. The bill establishes a commission to develop economically viable policies to achieve science-based emissions reduction targets. The Conservancy…

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28 Sep: Controversial shark dives may be banned in federal waters

Lured by hunks of bloody fish, the sharks come excitingly close. Great hammerheads, tiger sharks, silky sharks and other members of the most feared family of fish dart around the divers — clients of dive boat operators who specialize in this extreme side of the scuba business. The dive companies, located in South Florida, California,…

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24 Aug: Sea-Level Rise in a Rapidly Changing Climate

Loggerhead sea turtle. Photo from Pixabay. The East Coast of the United States is on the front lines of a changing climate. It is especially vulnerable to the impacts of sea-level rise, which is largely caused by warming waters and melting polar ice. A new report by the National Wildlife Federation details the impacts and…

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11 Aug: It’s hot, Florida. Get used to it, climate scientists say

Florida just survived its warmest year on record. But no time for relief. Federal climate scientists issuing their annual report Tuesday had this cheery news to pass along: Get used to it. The El Niño that amplified global conditions may be over, but its effects may reverberate for a while to come. “The arrival of…

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30 Jul: UF researchers solve riddle to finding Dory: captive breeding

HIGHLIGHTS UF team for the first time successfully breeds Pacific blue tangs Hope feat will help ensure survival of reef fish Captive breeding could also relieve pressure on reefs from trapping University of Florida researchers may have unlocked the riddle to finding Dory: captive breeding. For the first time, a team led by UF Tropical…

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25 Jul: Cuban migrant vessel with 10 aboard stopped near Key Biscayne

HIGHLIGHTS The 10 migrants will likely be repatriated to Cuba The migrants were not compliant when they were stopped, according to the Coast Guard A Coast Guard helicopter first spotted the makeshift vessel about a mile and half off Key Biscayne Thursday afternoon. Two nearby Coast Guard boats tried to stop the boat with 10…

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24 May: Initiating the Circular Economy Webinar Series

It wouldn’t be so bad if food waste only wasted food, but it doesn’t. It also wastes the water, energy and chemicals it takes to make the food products. To add insult to injury, we have to buy more energy and pay for the labor and disposal costs to deal with the waste. Wasted Food:…

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13 Apr: Global & Local Coral Deaths Related to Climate

The third on record global coral reef mass bleaching is believed to be related to the latest strong El Nino and climate change warming. The importance of this event is the fact that coral reefs provide food and shelter to a quarter of all marine species and support fish stocks that feed more than a…

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29 Mar: Local Mayors Address Clean Municipal Energy

As national presidential candidates debate about the reality of climate change, local mayors are taking action. At a recent meeting, mayors from Key Biscayne, Miami, Pinecrest, South Miami, Cutler Bay, and Palmetto Bay with a Miami-Dade Commissioner met to adopt the Sierra Club’s 100 percent clean municipal energy goal. The goal is a signed commitment…

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15 Feb: 2015 Was Hottest Year in Historical Record, Scientists Say

Scientists reported that 2015 was the hottest year in the historical record surpassing the previous record established in 2014. For the continental U.S. 2015 was the second hottest year on record. For instance, December 2015 was the hottest and wettest month since record keeping began. The increased heat is caused by a combination of an…