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Florida plans to go statewide with a water-quality program that lets polluters partially off the hook if they buy credits for extra cleanup others have already done. The credit-selling program has critics in Jacksonville, the city where it started.

A few years back, the polluted St. Johns River became the test case for the voluntary water-quality credit program. The theory, state regulators say, was to foster regional cooperation by adding an economic incentive for water cleanup.


Five scientists who met with Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday are convinced that climate change is real, but what they are less sure about is whether the governor believes them.


Imagine being able to get an up-close look at one of Florida’s reefs without having to get wet.

U.S. government scientists are in the Florida Keys this week learning to use underwater cameras to take rotating 360-degree panoramic shots of the reefs there.

The New York Times has this profile of some of the wildlife biologists in South Florida who are attempting to stop the spread of invasive Argentine black and white tegu lizards.

Like every other state, Florida has two statues in the U.S. Capitol that honor notable people in the state’s history. Dr. John Gorrie is one of them, because he pioneered a contraption in the mid-1800s that changed our lives: Air conditioning.

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Saharan dust blowing off the west coast of Africa will move across the Atlantic over the coming days, keeping thunderstorms non-existent and clouds even to a minimum.

Manatees Might Lose Endangered Status

Jul 3, 2014

Manatees have been an endangered species since 1967. But on Tuesday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service made an announcement that this classification may soon be lowered to "threatened."

But some environmentalists and government officials are opposed to this change. They say changing the label might result in more lenient rules about boat speed zones and dock-building limits. 

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Invest 91 was classified as a Tropical Depression Monday night and the system sits only 80 miles east of Vero Beach.

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Very warm waters and relatively light winds aloft will yield an environment favorable for tropical storm development just offshore of Florida’s Atlantic Coast in the next 48 hours.

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FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — State officials say the Florida panther population seems to be on the rise.

A new Citrus Repository is expected to help fight citrus greening and other diseases pounding the state’s $9-billion citrus industry. Florida Department of Agriculture spokeswoman Denise Feiber says the center will help approve 20 new citrus varieties each year. Feiber says the facility will house what’s called the “Citrus Germplasm Introduction Program.”

A researcher in Sarasota is helping federal officials figure out whether dolphins were affected by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

A DNA test shows that a five-foot-long West African crocodile captured alive by authorities on the edge of the Everglades National Park in March did not come from a nearby breeder.

Duval County Develops New Hurricane Evacuation Zones

May 23, 2014
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For the first time since 2005, Jacksonville's emergency planners have revamped evacuation zones for major weather disasters.

Previously, the evacuation and disaster plan was solely based on the threat of hurricanes, which only took wind speed into account, Director of Emergency Preparedness, Steven Woodard said. The maps will now help homeowners prepare for storm surge damage as well.

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A new report is sounding the alarm again about climate change and how it could impact the Sunshine State.