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September 30, 2016

Environment

Naturally occurring red tide confirmed in southwest Florida

Red tide is a naturally occurring microscopic algae that has been documented along Florida's Gulf Coast since the 1840's and occurs every year. Blooms, or higher-than-normal concentrations, of the Florida red tide alga, Karenia brevis, frequently occur in the Gulf of Mexico at this time of year (late summer or early fall). Read more »
Published on 9/28/2016

Making Waves

Conservation and management are focal points for research at the Florida State University Coastal and Marine Laboratory. Read more »
Published on 9/27/2016

Living on the Edge: The Balance Between Economy and Environment

Florida is a coastal state — the environment matters. Floridians need jobs — the economy matters. Read more »
Published on 9/27/2016

Florida DEP setting the record straight on Mosaic New Wales facility sinkhole

DEP's priority is always the safety of Floridians and our environment. Read more »
Published on 9/21/2016

Florida sinkhole to cost Mosaic up to $50 million to fix

A massive leak of contaminated water through a sinkhole at a Mosaic Co fertilizer facility in Florida will cost it $20 million to $50 million to fix, a company executive said on Tuesday. Read more »
Published on 9/21/2016

Mosaic: New Wales water loss incident

Mosaic is using ground water well P-4 to recover water that was lost as a result of the sinkhole formation. The well, which is 24-inches in diameter and 800 feet deep, is located west of the south gyp stack and is shown in the photo at right. Read more »
Published on 9/19/2016

Bloom and bust: Algae takes a heavy toll on Florida tourism

The harmful algae bloom affecting some South Florida beaches has driven away half of people considering visiting the Sunshine State and could deter nearly three-fourths of those thinking of traveling to the affected counties, a new study shows. Read more »
Published on 8/5/2016

Environmental Regulation Commission approves Florida-specific human health criteria

After years of development, moving forward with rules is critical for protection of Floridians. Read more »
Published on 7/27/2016

Statement from Florida's DEP Secretary about changing water quality standards

"DEP and EPA are strengthening Florida's water quality standards, not weakening them. Moving forward with the proposed criteria is critical to better protect Floridians' health because the criteria nearly doubles the number of chemicals that the department will be able to regulate. The proposed rule sets stringent and protective criteria for 39 chemicals that currently have no limits." Read more »
Published on 7/27/2016

Drawing a line in the sand

Walton County grapples with beach public access questions. Read more »
Published on 7/27/2016

Gov. Scott activates Emergency Bridge Loan Program for small businesses affected by algal blooms

Today, Governor Rick Scott activated Florida's Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program for businesses affected by the presence of algal blooms in local waterways. Read more »
Published on 7/14/2016

Health issues due to sea level rise impact communities in South Florida

“Sea level rise represents an unexpected public health concern,” said Roderick King, M.D., M.P.H., associate professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, and CEO of the Florida Institute for Health Innovation. “We normally think of populations with the lowest socio-economic status as being the most vulnerable, due to lack of financial resources to pay for health care. In the case of sea level rise, the most vulnerable turn out to be the wealthier populations who can afford to live close to the ocean. They may also be older, with health issues that require regular treatment, and if they can't access health care because the streets are flooded, it poses a significant problem.” Read more »
Published on 7/12/2016

Should Florida ‘frack' its limestone for oil and gas?

UF geophysicists Ray Russo and Elizabeth Screaton provide context for the debate over whether fracking should come to Florida, a state with a unique geology and hydrology. Read more »
Published on 5/10/2016

UF, Disney team up to protect butterflies, sea turtles

When your life's work is protecting endangered species, progress is often marked in incremental victories. But the efforts of University of Florida researchers are taking a major leap forward through a Disney Conservation Fund initiative that aims to save threatened species from extinction. Read more »
Published on 4/22/2016

Duke Energy Launches New Solar Facility at Walt Disney World Resort

Disney-inspired design shines a light on renewable energy efforts Read more »
Published on 4/13/2016

Saving hotspots of environmental diversity from destruction

The North American Coastal Plain, stretching from the Florida Keys north to Massachusetts, was recently declared a global diversity hotspot — one of the richest and most threatened reservoirs of plant and animal life on Earth.? Mike Maunder, associate dean of research engagement in the College of Arts, Sciences & Education, offers perspective on the designation. Read more »
Published on 3/22/2016

Shark attacks hit all-time high in 2015

It's the kind of record no one wants to break: the most shark attacks in a single year. But 2015 did just that, with 98 unprovoked attacks worldwide, beating the previous record of 88 set in 2000, according to the International Shark Attack File housed at the University of Florida. Read more »
Published on 2/8/2016

Flush with evidence: A study of pollution in the Indian River Lagoon

As toxic algal blooms have spread in the Indian River Lagoon in recent years, all eyes have turned to the usual suspects: Read more »
Published on 1/27/2016

Dueling over the sun

Florida voters could face competing solar power amendments in November 2016. Read more »
Published on 10/28/2015

Rooftop solar systems vs. solar farm dynamics

This article looks at the differences and benefits of homeowners installing solar panels on their roof, or utilities building solar farms. Read more »
Published on 10/28/2015

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