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Red tide and algae blooms: Florida waters in crisis

Florida's water pollution crisis is reaching a breaking point, and the race to pass comprehensive legislation to fix our statewide problems is moving as slow as the environmental catastrophe unfolding in our bays, rivers, natural springs, and lagoons every day.
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Climate

Climate change, sea level rise devalue some homes

Homes exposed to sea level rise sell for about 7% less than their unexposed counterparts, according to a study published in 2019 in the Journal of Financial Economics. That discount jumps to 10% when the owner of the property is not living there.

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Toxics

Florida’s majestic manatees are starving to death

Deprived of once plentiful seagrass, more than 900 have died this year. Some experts contend they were taken off the endangered species list prematurely.

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Climate

Moving water in the Everglades sends a cascade of consequences, some anticipated and some not

A half century after the Everglades were drained, the region's population has soared to 8 million, and South Floridians are realizing they could run out of water very soon.

Toxics

DeSantis appoints Florida’s environmental secretary; Fried challenges hire

Shawn Hamilton was tapped to continue leading the Department of Environmental Protection.
Toxics

Florida’s diseased corals faced extinction, until this rescue plan

Several years ago, a mysterious coral disease began decimating the Florida Reef. The only way to save the animals from extinction? An unprecedented mission to relocate them to facilities across the country.
Justice

Feds suspect dumpsite toxins enter Space Coast beachside homes via  vapor intrusion

"It’s as if a giant plunger was forcing toxic air into these homes every time the tide rises … it’s common sense that was intentionally ignored."
Climate

What’s causing the worst die-off of manatees? Starvation from Florida ecosystem collapse

Death by starvation is as inhumane as any of the assaults Florida has inflicted on manatees.

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Justice

Haiti braces for Grace, Florida for Fred as storms brew

Tropical Depression Grace drenched earthquake-damaged Haiti on Monday, threatening to dump up to 15 inches of rain on a landscape where people are huddling in fields and searching for survivors.

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Toxics

Florida fears rain, hurricanes could cause Piney Point pollution to overflow

State officials fear summer rains and hurricane season could cause the polluted reservoirs at the old Piney Point fertilizer plant property to overflow.

Climate

Natalia Ortiz: Yes, kids are at risk from COVID. But parents must pay attention to climate change, too

If you think COVID-19 is our biggest threat, think again. As a mom, it blows my mind that more parents are not alarmed about what’s in store for our kids in the next 20 to 30 years.
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Hay humo todos los años. Las compañías azucareras dicen que el aire es saludable

Para cosechar más de la mitad de la caña de azúcar de Estados Unidos, empresas multimillonarias prenden fuego a los cañaverales, una práctica para ahorrar dinero que está prohibida por otros países. Algunos residentes dicen que les cuesta respirar, así que comenzamos a estudiar la calidad del aire.
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Toxics

A red tide of toxic algae is killing fish along the Florida coast

The scenes from western Florida are hard to stomach: fish carcasses dotting beaches for miles, a backhoe lifting a 400-pound goliath grouper out of the water, hundreds of sharks swimming through neighborhoods, and hordes of maggots wriggling along the shore.

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Justice

Florida ag commissioner promises inspections, accountability for farmers to clean up water

Nikki Fried says increased accountability by farmers will help clean up Florida's waterways.

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Researchers, doctors call for regulators to reassess safety of taking acetaminophen during pregnancy

The painkiller, taken by half of pregnant women worldwide, could be contributing to rising rates of reproductive system problems and neurodevelopmental disorders like ADHD and autism.

LISTEN: Azmal Hossan on the sociology of climate crises in South Asia

"If we look at the rate of carbon emissions, most is emitted by the developed and industrialized countries, but the problem is poor countries like Bangladesh are the main sufferers."

Op-ed: We don’t have time for another fossil fuel bridge

Those holding up carbon capture and hydrogen as new climate solutions are leading us down the wrong path.

Climate storytelling: Creativity and imagination in the face of bleak realities

Working with youth writers on a climate-fiction screenplay has opened my eyes to the power of the arts in confronting environmental crises.

Ocean plastic pollution

Too much plastic is ending up in the ocean — and making its way back onto our dinner plates.

Peter Dykstra: Protected by an alphabet soup of acronyms

CITES, CCAMLR, LDC, MBTA, CBD, Ramsar, LWCF ... they may make your eyes glaze over, but they protect our health and planet.

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