Environment

In southwest Florida, county officials are fighting the state over a new oil drilling process that's known by many different names: acidification, acidizing, acid stimulation and acid fracking.

Collier County has charged that state regulators have been lax in their oversight of the drilling, jeopardizing public health and the environment.

ship at JAXPORT
JAXPORT

The debate continues over whether hundreds of millions taxpayer dollars should be spent to dredge the St. Johns River.

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

The White House is painting a dire picture for every region in the nation, especially South Florida, if action isn't taken to combat climate change. Some states' Republican lawmakers still are not buying it.

Things won't be pretty in South Florida if the latest White House climate assessment is right. You can expect intensified storms and a sea that will keep steadily encroaching on your way of life slowly nipping away at that shore your toes used to trust.

Rhema Thompson

U.S. Senator Bill Nelson was in town Thursday joined by fellow U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island and U.S. Rep. Corinne Brown to talk climate change and present a few alarming local statistics.

“With a two or three-foot sea-level rise, most of Florida—75 percent of its population—will be underwater. That’s how serious this is,” Nelson said.

Nelson said he’d been at a Senate Commerce Committee meeting in Miami Beach earlier this week discussing the data.

Students Spend Spring Break On The St. Johns River

Apr 22, 2014
Lindsey Kilbride

This past spring break, seven University of North Florida students went on a trip led by the Environmental Center to a Florida water destination, but it didn’t have the bikini and beer pong ambiance one might expect.

A comprehensive bill to protect and restore Florida's natural springs has been moving through the state senate with strong bipartisan support. Support for springs in the Florida House, however, is far less certain. Still, it's the biggest burst of momentum and  public attention concerning these natural wonders in recent memory.

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A Jacksonville nonprofit set to start operations by the end of this summer has their sights set on the environmental remediation of Hogan's Creek.

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Many of the ideas being exhibited an One Spark have a focus on environmental sustainability.

Operation Déjà vu, the National Transportation Safety Board, and cancer research are in the headlines today.

As oil production goes, Florida isn't much of a player. The state produced less than 2 million barrels last year, which is how much oil Texas pumps from its wells each day.

That's about to change as the revolution in oil drilling technology comes to Florida.

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It used to be Florida had more water than it knew what to do with. No more. Now Floridians are worried they could run out of water.

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In a departure from past responses to violations of the Clean Water Act, Congress is looking to disperse fines from BP in a way that will benefit the economies most affected by the spill.

Surplus State Park Land Sale Program 'A Disaster'

Jan 13, 2014
Florida Department of Environmental Protection

TALLAHASSEE (The News Service of Florida) — A legislatively approved initiative to sell surplus park lands to raise money to buy more environmentally sensitive sites has been a "disaster," according to Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater.

The Department of Environmental Protection effort was created with the intent of generating $50 million, but so far no money has been raised and what has become a shortened list continues to draw criticism for sites remaining under consideration.

As the world's climate continues to get warmer, Florida mangroves are growing further north and displacing salt marshes. Both ecosystems are environmentally significant and threatened by shoreline development.

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Good news for some of Florida’s oldest residents: The number of endangered green sea-turtle nests across the state this year more than doubled the previous record high.

There were more than 25,000 nests located in 2013, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission says a majority of them had eggs that hatched. 

Twenty-five years ago, less than 500 nests were found in the entire state.

FWC Biologist Robbin Trindell credits conservation efforts by Floridians for much of the success.

Greenpeace reports that its vessel, the Arctic Sunrise, has been boarded by the Russian Coast Guard after a protest against oil and gas drilling in the Russian Arctic.

The crew of the vessel tweeted throughout the drama. A tweet by Greenpeace HQ indicated that everyone was safe but that the crew was not "in control of the ship at this point."

Conservationists around Florida are paying close attention to a plan to sell thousands of acres of state property, including beaches, forests and wetlands. The lands were originally acquired to protect them from development. 

Here on the First Coast, parts of Anastasia State Park in St. Johns County and Pumpkin Hill Creek Preserve State Park in Duval County would be included in the proposal.

The State Department of Environmental Protection has released a list of roughly 160 properties that could be sold. 

Jacksonville University

Sustainability is becoming an imperative for business, government, and college campuses.

That’s especially true at Jacksonville University, where everything from a sustainable dorm, to rooftop gardens, to even a degree in sustainability is now in the mix. 

According to JU Sustainability Coordinator Marcel Dulay, students are working with Jacksonville’s Clara White Mission to train homeless veterans in gardening as part of their rooftop garden initiative. The program was made possible through a grant from Siemens.

At a public workshop Wednesday evening in Tallahassee, environmentalists expressed serious doubts about a list of conservation lands the state of Florida proposes to sell. The state is seeking public input as it looks to unload up to $50 million dollars’ worth of land.

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An upcoming all-day event at the University of North Florida will focus on environmental issues.

The 2013 EPB/UNF Environmental Symposium, titled "Innovation, Conservation and Sustainability," is a collaboration between the City of Jacksonville's Environmental Protection Board and the university.

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JEA has partnered with Keep Jacksonville Beautiful to supply rain barrels to Duval County Public Schools.

On Thursday, officials from the city and school district paid a visit to Palm Avenue Exceptional Student Center. The school serves students with special needs. They learn the skills they need to graduate high school and join the workforce.

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