Study Finds Genes Role in Immune Response of Florida Corals to Rapidly Spreading Disease

Environmental News Network

A new study led by scientists at the University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science is the first to document what coral genes are doing in response to a disease that is rapidly killing corals throughout Florida and the Caribbean. .

Nurseries Restore Staghorn Coral in the Florida Keys

Nature Conservancy - Science

Hands-on coral restoration will help safe reefs in the Florida Keys. From the Field Coral Reefs Oceans

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Protecting Florida’s Last Old-Growth Pines

Nature Conservancy - Science

We’re bouncing along a deeply grooved sand road half overgrown with grass and palmettos on Florida’s Tiger Creek preserve, with Lake Wales Ridge conservation program manager Steve “Sticky” Morrison at the wheel of the UTV. Huffman, a fire ecologist at Louisiana State University and Tall Timbers Research Station, is on a mission to archive the last of Florida’s old longleaf pines. Forests Fire florida longleaf pine treeJean Huffman drills a longleaf pine core.

Hassle-Free Method to Procure MMJ Card in Florida

Green Prophet

Let us learn about these guidelines and step by step process followed in Florida. To ease this work you can consider using Veriheal in Florida. Once you acquire the card you can legally purchase marijuana in Florida.

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Environmental Economics

From correspondent Paul Jakus: While looking for the Joe web address, look at the alternatives tossed up by Bing

Ancient Tree Stumps Shed New Light on Fire in Florida

Nature Conservancy - Science

Jean Huffman, a fire ecologist at Louisiana State University and Tall Timbers Research Station, is decoding the secrets of ancient stumps to help Florida land managers restore the longleaf pine ecosystem. The story of the pineland’s demise is familiar: Flat, sandy savannahs of saw palmetto, wiregrass, and longleaf pine once stretched from Virginia to Texas and down into the Florida peninsula, covering an estimated 90 million acres. A controlled burn at the Tiger Creek preserve.

Florida waterways demand their rights


That’s the thinking in Orange County, Florida , where some lakes, streams and marshes are suing a developer that wants to destroy these worthy citizens by building housing. The liquid plaintiffs — Boggy Branch, Wilde Cypress Branch, Lake Hart, Lake Mary Jane and Crosby Island Marsh — filed their suit on Monday in Florida’s ninth judicial circuit court. Florida waterways demand their rights. law treats corporations as legally independent “persons” who can sue or be sued.

Florida cracks down on reptile pet trade


Florida’s warm temperatures and lush flora help new residents thrive — but some of those transplants are eating the very ecosystem that’s sustaining them. No, certain newbies of the herpetological kind have become reptiles non grata, and Florida is saying “no more.” These reptiles are escapees of the pet trade, which is huge in Florida. Florida cracks down on reptile pet trade.

Enviros, Tea Partiers, and the Christian Coalition all agree: Florida needs more rooftop solar

Green (Living) Review

There’s an increasingly energetic fight brewing in Florida — one that has odd battle lines, bringing Tea Party activists and environmentalists together against monopoly utilities and big-money right-wing groups like Americans for Prosperity, and turning city governments against neighboring city governments. Florida is one of only five states in the country that actively bars third parties from selling electricity. Florida solar evergy solar power

I will now be adding the Florida Everglades to my Anti-Bucket* list

Environmental Economics

Pythons present a low risk to visitors to the Florida Everglades, according to officials, but you'd probably still want to steer clear of this mammoth Burmese python recently captured by University of Florida researchers. According to state wildlife officials, the longest python ever caught in Florida was 18 feet, 8 inches long.

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Rare blue bee spotted in Florida


While most Americans have been inside watching Netflix and cultivating sourdough starter, Chase Kimmel has scoured the Central Florida sand dunes for the blue calamintha bee. This biodiversity hotspot traces its geological history back to a time when most of Florida was underwater. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is funding Kimmel’s two-year study. Florida Museum Photography by Chase Kimmel via Florida Museum.

Leaking wastewater pond causes state of emergency in Florida


A leak in a wastewater pond caused a state of emergency in Manatee County, Florida last weekend. According to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the drained water “meets water quality standards for marine waters with the exception of pH, total phosphorus, total nitrogen and total ammonia nitrogen. Leaking wastewater pond causes state of emergency in Florida. More than 300 homes were evacuated in case the reservoir at a former phosphate mine collapsed.

Florida Gulf Coast in Env-Econ's kind of school

Environmental Economics

Southwest Florida and the FGCU campus contain beautiful environments where people can be closer to the natural world and the wildlife within it. Our campus is located on 760 acres with over 400 acres of carefully restored and preserved wetlands and uplands that are home to a variety of wildlife - some of which are listed by state and federal agencies as Endangered, Threatened, or Species of Special Concern. via That and they have a frickin' beach.  

Carambola might be the star fruit to save the soil in Florida’s orchards

Green Prophet

It’s not just oranges that grow in Florida. One researcher from Florida International University is researching how cover crops can help the sustainability of star fruit farms. The Arkin variety is the most popular and widely planted in south Florida.

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Field Research: The Effects of Climate Change on a Florida Vacation

Environmental Economics

With apologies to my loyal readers (OK, just John) for my intermittent posts, I spent the last week doing some 'field research' in the Florida Keys.  During my field research, my assistant (14 year old only son of Env-Econ--OSEE) and I were able to observe close-up some of the fish species in the flats of Key Largo and South Florida

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South Florida Citizens Demand Rubio Support Climate Action.

Sierra Club Compass

Paying to Power Our Cars » South Florida Citizens Demand Rubio Support Climate Action. In recent months, Senator Marco Rubio has consistently denied that one of the most pressing crises facing Florida families even exists. What’s more, he doesn’t even think this crisis – with its rising sea levels, devastating storms, and extreme weather – poses a danger to Florida. And Florida 's right in the path of the worst we could face. Compass.

Visit Florida to Understand the Importance of Impact and Restoration

Green Prophet

The 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf on the Florida coast shocked the world. million barrels of oil into Florida’s fragile ecosystem. Down in Florida, it’s not looking rosy. Dolphins are dying, and the people of Florida who relied on the sea for their livelihood are still suffering. Florida is not a rich state, so this spill has absolutely devastated the struggling economy of Florida. Travel & Nature BP eco-travel Florida oil

Melting Florida panther statue highlights climate change


The Florida panther has long had to deal with disease, car accidents, genetic disorders, extreme heat, hurricanes and even predators before cubs are old enough to open their eyes. Excerpt from: Melting Florida panther statue highlights climate change.

Are Florida manatees starving to death?


Manatee mortality in Florida has shot up this year, with 358 recorded deaths in January and February. ” Related: Effects of COVID-19 lead to increased deaths of Florida manatees The potato-shaped marine mammals spend up to seven hours a day eating freshwater plants like hyacinth, water lettuce, pickerelweed and hydrilla, and saltwater foods like sea clover, marine algae and grasses. With an estimated 6,300 manatees in Florida, that’s a lot of grass.

Florida to release millions of genetically modified mosquitoes


It sounds like the premise for a 1950s horror movie: release 750 million genetically altered mosquitoes in the Florida Keys and see what happens. But Florida and the federal government have approved this plan for 2021 and 2022. Related: Rare blue bee spotted in Florida The GMO mosquito, named OX5034, is a modified version of Aedes aegypti developed by the biotech company Oxitec. Hawaii, Florida and Texas have suffered the most cases.

Florida beermaker’s edible packaging is saving lives

Green Prophet

A small Florida microbrewery has developed a biodegradable and edible six-pack ring, a new approach to sustainable packaging aimed at protecting marine species vulnerable to plastic pollution. The decision to go green was an easy one for Saltwater Brewery. The company was founded in 2013 by fisherman, surfers and people who love the sea. Americans consume about 67 billion cans of beer every year.

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What do the Florida Groins think about climate change?*

Environmental Economics

Can we get Roger Goodell to regulate the behavior of Congress? Please? A new Capitol Hill climate task force wants a wide range of parties — including energy companies, green groups, sports leagues and plenty in-between — to submit suggestions for federal actions to battle global warming. The letter to 300-plus companies and groups is among the first actions of the Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change that Democrats unveiled last week.

Florida Aquarium captures baby coral breakthrough on video


The Florida Aquarium announced a breakthrough that may help save America’s Great Barrier Reef. Since a major disease outbreak attacked Florida’s coral reefs in 2014, scientists from Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and NOAA Fisheries have rescued corals and moved them into labs. Florida Aquarium scientists are caring for adult coral colonies, coaxing them to breed and reproduce in the hopes of eventually restoring the diseased reefs.

Effects of COVID-19 lead to increased deaths of Florida manatees


While many species are enjoying a break from humans during the pandemic, Florida’s manatee death rate is up this year. Related: Conservationists in Florida are making the ultimate effort to protect manatees from tourism Now with pandemic-related problems, manatee deaths were up almost 20% for April through May compared with 2019 figures. Read the original: Effects of COVID-19 lead to increased deaths of Florida manatees.

The Most Interesting Man in Florida

Cool Green Science

How did a boy from suburban Westchester, New York, with ambitions to become an artist, end up working for The Nature Conservancy for 30 years, creating and restoring Tiger Creek Preserve and six other wilderness preserves in Central Florida? When Steve was six, the family moved to Babson Park near Lake Wales, Florida. Ralph Pace After graduating from Florida State University with a degree in art, Steve restored the family cabin and lived off the land, farming goats and honey.

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Opposition to Oil Drilling Begins to Boil in South Florida

Sierra Club Compass

The Florida Chapter's Panther Critical Habitat Campaign is partnering with Preserve our Paradise to stop Big Oil from leaving its dirty footprints all over Golden Gate Estates in Naples, where a Texas-based oil company wants to drill an area just one mile from the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge and within 1,000 feet of residences. "The oil well is only the tip of the iceberg for southwest Florida," said Meyer. "Opening

New article in Marine Resource Economics: "Estimating Lost Recreational Use Values of Visitors to Northwest Florida due to the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Using Cancelled Trip Data"

Environmental Economics

Abstract: The lost recreational use values from the BP/Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico were estimated from cancelled recreational trips to Northwest Florida. The data were collected in August and September 2011 with respondents residing in 13 US states that constitute the primary domestic market for coastal tourism to Northwest Florida. Authors: John C. Whitehead, Tim Haab, Sherry L. Larkin, John B.

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Could the Florida Aquarium save ‘Americas Great Barrier Reef?’


Researchers at Tampa’s Florida Aquarium announced that they have managed to make a group of coral reproduce two days in a row. The objective: to create large coral egg deposits in a laboratory and ultimately repopulate the Florida Reef Tract. Florida’s coral reefs are the world’s third largest barrier reef ecosystem. Lucie Inlet, north of Miami, to the Dry Tortugas, which are west of the Florida Keys.

NOAA report shows climate change is killing Floridas coral reefs


This threat is the worst along the Florida coast, where few corals remain, and about 98% of the dead corals in this area were lost because of climate change. Continued here: NOAA report shows climate change is killing Floridas coral reefs.

Indigos Return: A Florida Breeding Program Raises Eastern Indigo Snakes for Reintroduction

Nature Conservancy - Science

Next year, this little snake and 19 others here at the Orianne Center for Indigo Conservation (OCIC) will be the first indigo snakes ever reintroduced to Florida, at The Nature Conservancy’s Apalachicola Bluffs and Ravines Preserve. The partnership is part of an effort to return the snakes to a part of their former range — the Florida Panhandle — an important step for a species in trouble. Ancient Tree Stumps Shed New Light on Fire in Florida.

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Sherry Larkin describes the BP oil spill "economic loss research for the state of Florida" in the May AERE Newsletter

Environmental Economics

The AERE Newsletter is available here: [link

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Florida Makes Off-Grid Living Illegal – Mandates All Homes Must Be Connected To An Electricity Grid

Green (Living) Review

She lives off the grid in Florida, completely independent of the city’s water and electric system. It’s no secret that an opposition to sustainable living exists. Earlier this year, Texas state brought several SWAT teams to a sustainable community and threatened to shut it down. Each one of the community members were initially handcuffed at gunpoint. It was called “The Garden of Eden Community,” and was totally self sustainable. This time, it’s Robin Speronis that’s come under fire.

Burning of Quran by Florida pastor causes uprisings in Afghanistan

Green (Living) Review

The attacks and deaths that have come about as to the burnign of the Quran at the Florida church must be laid squarely at the door of “pastor” Jones and his fellow conspirators and agitators. By Michael Smith (Veshengro) But, says pastor's colleague, it is the Muslims' fault not ours. We put the Quran on trial and condemned it to be burned. Sorry, they put a book on trial? They are out of their tiny little minds, it would appear, and appear to be in need of some serious help.


Green (Living) Review

In Florida, an Innovative Waste and Reduction Grant between the State and RecycleTech Corporation is attempting to stop the flow of Expanded Polystyrene (Styrofoam®) into landfills. Awarded in 2008, the grant has placed RecycleTech’s EPS processing machines in several counties and businesses throughout Florida. New technologies provide solution SADDLE BROOK, NJ, March 23, 2009 : Ever wonder where those Styrofoam® school cafeteria trays end up?

The Alligator in the Basement: Breeding Bird Colonies Benefit Alligator Health in the Florida Everglades

Nature Conservancy - Science

But for waterbirds in the Florida Everglades, having an alligator near their nesting colonies keeps out other unwelcome visitors. It’s a scene familiar to anyone who has puttered around South Florida waterways by kayak, canoe, or powerboat. An alligator in southwest Florida. Even the most dedicated reptile-lover wouldn’t want an alligator hanging around the school playground.

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And in related news, Florida has banned mountaintop removal for coal

Environmental Economics

Peter Shumlin yesterday signed into law the nation’s first ban on a hotly debated natural gas drilling technique that involves blasting chemical-laced water deep into the ground. The Democrat, surrounded at a Statehouse ceremony by environmentalists and Twinfield Union School students who pushed for the ban, said the law may help Vermont set an example for other states.

Your essential guide to eco-wellness in Tampa, Florida


The city of almost 400,000 has gone from old-time Florida to explosive modern growth, surprising some long-time residents to find that their city is suddenly hip. You can also take Amtrak trains or buses to many points within Florida. Embassy Suites by Hilton earned a 2-palm rating from Green Lodging Florida, which means they pay attention to things like waste reduction, recycling , water conservation, indoor air quality and energy efficiency.

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Florida Senator Bill Nelson sides with Big Oil in Vote for Keystone XL

Sierra Club Compass

  Will you call Senator Nelson today at 202-224-5274 to ask him to change his stance and oppose the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline? -- Frank Jackalone, Sierra Club Florida. Last Friday, Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) sided with Big Oil and voted to support the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. I was sorely disappointed by this vote, particularly because Nelson has been a true ally and strong champion on so many of the issues near and dear to the Sierra Club's heart. 

Vegan Options in Florida Panhandle

Eco-Vegan Girl

A EvG viewer named Hannah said she was having trouble finding vegan options between Destin and Pensacola, FL. I didn't have any suggestions for her, so I turned to the EvG online community and of course they had some great recommendations. End of the Line Cafe (Pensacola) ~ vegan. Sluggo's (Pensacola) ~ all vegetarian. Raw & Juicy (Seaside) ~ juice bar with raw food. Of course The Healthy Voyager has a great list - check that out too: Part 1 and Part 2.

New Florida Polytechnic campus starts taking shape with structure designed by Santiago Calatrava


The ones at the Milwaukee Art Museum are already a glowing examples of this amazing architectural creation and soon Florida too will sport one of these. Work begins on feathery new campus for Florida Polytechnic designed by Calatrava. Work begins on feathery new campus for Florida Polytechnic designed by Calatrava.

Florida Senator tries, for a second time, to make photographing farms illegal

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Tampa, FL, December 2011: Jim Norman, a Florida state senator who tried pushing through a bill back in May which would make photographing a farm without prior permission a crime, and which ultimately was rejected, is back at it.

NFL to Plant Trees in Florida

Eco Friendly Daily

The National Football League has been planting trees since August, and will finish in May, to help offset the carbon emissions caused by the Super Bowl. They plan to plant 3000 mangrove and other native Floridian trees this year. They estimate that Super Bowl Sunday directly creates 500 tons of carbon dioxide emissions on that one day alone. Some scientists say that while this is a nice thing to do it won’t really make much of a quantitative difference.

Proposed Florida bill could require prescription for sunscreens in effort to save coral reefs


Discouraging their widespread use can help protect Florida’s fragile coral ecosystems. What’s more, Florida is “the only state in the continental United States to have extensive coral reef formations near its coasts. Proposed Florida bill could require prescription for sunscreens in effort to save coral reefs.

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