November 30, 2023

Environment

Sewage Fuels Brown Tide

A Florida Atlantic University Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute study added to the evidence that the root cause of the nitrogen pollution in the Indian River Lagoon responsible for algal blooms and brown tide — leading to seagrass, fish and manatee die offs — is homeowners' septic systems, not lawn fertilizer. Read more »
Published on 10/24/2023

Driving Climate Conversations

Miami is considered especially vulnerable to sea level rise fueled by climate change. It's also becoming an epicenter for resiliency initiatives to mitigate impact on the city and its residents. But that doesn't mean the community fully understands what future adaptations it will require. Read more »
Published on 9/30/2023

Where the Wild Things Are

If it’s built in rural Florida, there will be wildlife roaming about. In Southwest Florida, an FPL motion-activated wildlife camera in Hendry County has captured Florida panthers traversing a fenced... Read more »
Published on 9/30/2023

Seeking Protection

Three activist groups served notice to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that they intend to sue to force the agency to invoke Endangered Species Act protection for the ghost orchid. The groups are the Institute for Regional Conservation in Hollywood, the Center for Biological Diversity and the National Parks Conservation Association. They say the orchid is threatened by poaching, habitat loss and degradation and by winds from intense hurricanes. The groups say the agency should have made a protection decision in January but the agency workplan indicates a decision won't be made until as late as fall 2026. The orchid is protected at Big Cypress National Preserve and other government and private preserves and sanctuaries. Read more »
Published on 9/28/2023

Big Deal

The Horse Creek Ranch conservation easement deal, costing $51 million and spanning more than 16,000 acres across DeSoto and Hardee counties, ranks as one of Florida's biggest single conservation agreements in 20 years. As part of the easement, the Carlton family-owned ranch will continue to be used to raise cattle while the land will be permanently protected from development. Read more »
Published on 8/22/2023

Nature vs. Nature

To protect coastal military bases from sea-level rise and storm surge, the U.S. Department of Defense is tapping into the most powerful and enduring force on Earth: Nature. Read more »
Published on 6/26/2023

Farm Team

Nicolette Mariano, one of just three oyster farmers on Florida's Atlantic Coast, says it's by luck that she is hanging on in the risky business she loves. But like most farmers, she knows risk and luck are just part of the deal. Read more »
Published on 6/20/2023

The Greening of Florida's Brownfields

Over the last quarter-century, Florida has helped to transform almost 200 contaminated sites into clean community hubs. The pace of the redevelopment is about to pick up dramatically. Read more »
Published on 5/16/2023

ChemTech opens plant in Fort Pierce to showcase environmentally friendly wood treatments

Lumber treatment company ChemTech opened an eight-employee plant in Fort Pierce to showcase to sawmills, lumber dealers and others its “environmentally friendly” protective treatments for soft woods, plywood and engineered wood. Read more »
Published on 12/15/2022

NextEra Energy's ambitious 'real zero' plan leaves carbon emissions behind for good

Juno Beach-based NextEra Energy captured attention earlier this year when it announced it would eliminate carbon emissions by 2045 and use only wind, solar, battery storage, nuclear, green hydrogen and other renewables to provide power. Unlike other net zero promises, NextEra says its “real zero” doesn't rely on buying carbon credits to offset power generation. Read more »
Published on 9/8/2022

The best climate change reporting drives solutions

Environmental journalist Cynthia Barnett was at the forefront of climate reporting and has seen the field grow exponentially in recent years. A critically acclaimed author and regular op-ed contributor, she... Read more »
Published on 5/3/2022

Infrastructure: Critical strategies Florida can implement as it grows

Florida is projected to gain 2.5 million new residents by 2030. Here's what that means for schools, roads, homes and other infrastructure needs Read more »
Published on 3/8/2022

Innovative approach to water treatment reduces pollutants in stormwater and residual treated wastewater

In addition to 2½ miles of walking trail and wildlife overlooks, the park has 20 educational signs and four permanent interactive exhibits... Read more »
Published on 8/31/2021

Sarasota's Marie Selby Botanical Gardens begins its expansion

At times, the relationship between Sarasota's Marie Selby Botanical Gardens and its surrounding neighborhood has been contentious... Read more »
Published on 7/30/2021

Mars Wrigley partners with Danimer Scientific to develop biodegradable packaging for its products

Danimer also has worked with Pepsi, Nestle and Bacardi to produce environmentally friendly packaging... Read more »
Published on 7/30/2021

Is recycling in Florida a waste?

Since China stopped buying America's trash, the economics of recycling don't add up for many Florida communities. Read more »
Published on 6/29/2021

4G Recycling advises companies on reducing waste and moves materials from producers of scrap to warehouses and buyers

Brothers and millennials Brent and Zachary Kirstein introduced an online bidding tool to help businesses recycle more effectively by getting the most for their recyclables... Read more »
Published on 6/29/2021

Daytona Beach startup Modularity Space hoping to redefine satellite industry

During Scott Weintraub's first semester at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University a few years back, a professor put a picture of space debris on the board. The image struck a nerve. Read more »
Published on 6/29/2021

FAMU-FSU University researcher received $1.4-million federal grant to study how bacteria can remove carcinogens from groundwater

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences grant calls for Youneng Tang to collaborate with researchers at Texas Tech University. Read more »
Published on 6/29/2021

Florida hurricane season 2021: The good news and bad news

The good news: More than a quarter of Florida's homes have been built or remodeled according to the tougher statewide building codes... Read more »
Published on 5/26/2021

Climate First Bank plans to supercharge solar loan products

After selling the first bank he started in 2006, Ken LaRoe and his wife bought a small motor home and traveled across country... Read more »
Published on 5/26/2021

What happened in Texas raises questions about Florida's power system

After the 2021 Texas power grid failure, questions arise about Florida's power grid, but there are differences. Read more »
Published on 5/26/2021

A longtime touts the climate benefits of undeveloped land

Jim Strickland's advice to fellow ranchers interested in combating climate change is simple: Stay in business. Read more »
Published on 5/26/2021

U.N. panel casts doubt on dire hurricane season storm warnings

Hurricane season inevitably brings speculation on whether climate change is making the storm season worse. Read more »
Published on 5/26/2021

Endangered Oyster Reefs Given New Life

Florida's foremost aquatic restoration company Sea & Shoreline rehabilitated damaged oyster reefs in an effort to allow these "ecosystem engineers" to continue providing healthier environments. Read more »
Published on 4/1/2021

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Florida public adjuster says insurance companies are increasingly denying legitimate claims
Florida public adjuster says insurance companies are increasingly denying legitimate claims

Public adjusters are insurance adjusters who work directly for homeowners instead of insurance companies. They charge a fee, which can be up to 20% of the eventual payout.

 

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