Environment

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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.

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.

Patrick Donges / WJCT

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.

Kaare Iverson / U.S. Grological Survey

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.

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