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A loggerhead sea turtle is released after being treated for pneumonia in July 2016 at Inlet Beach, Fla. Associated Press file Sea turtles are lumbering back from the brink of extinction, a new study says. Scientists found more populations of the large turtles improving than declining when the...
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Posted by on in Human Health
Delayed cleanups of toxic waste sites. The elimination of programs that test water quality off beaches and in the Everglades. Deep cuts in programs that monitor air quality in the Sunshine State. A new report from the Environmental Defense Fund lays out how the Trump administration's 30 percent cut...
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Posted by on in Wildlife Conservation
KEY LARGO, Fla. — Ken Nedimyer likes to say that he breathes new life into coral reefs. In fact, he’s been doing it for more than a decade, and recreational divers are volunteering in the effort. “We are trying to put Humpty Dumpty back together again,” said Nedimyer, whose Coral Restoration Found...
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Posted by on in Fossil Fuels
Anyone who happened to be scanning the skyline in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, at 6:45 a.m. Tuesday witnessed a startling transformation. In the space of a minute, the four towering 350-foot-high, candy cane-striped smokestacks atFlorida Power & Light's Port Everglades oil-burning power plant—a loc...
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Posted by on in Clean Water
Most people believe that golf courses do nothing but guzzle water, but experts say that during the rainy season, the green grass on the courses actually helps replenish the county's drinking water supply. Golf courses use 2 to 3 percent of South Florida's water each year. But during heavy rains suc...
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Posted by on in Lakes/Rivers/Wetlands
Before Disney World, Silver Springs in Central Florida was for decades one of the state's most popular tourist destinations.Even if you've never visited Silver Springs, you might have seen it — if you're old enough. The 1960s television show Sea Hunt was filmed here, as were countless movies includi...
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Posted by on in Ecotourism
The "green" movement has developed from an expanding awareness that each individual's lifestyle choices have both a personal and a community impact. The decision to modify lifestyles and expenditures towards a more sustainable outcome is increasing in significant numbers within the more affluent we...
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Posted by on in Animals
Central Florida beaches are reporting record numbers of loggerhead sea turtle nests, reversing a recent decline. But hotter summers pose a long-term danger to the threatened species.By Ludmilla Lelis Canaveral National Seashore and neighboring beaches in central Florida are reporting record numbers...
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Posted by on in Animals
    Five pilot whales are expected to survive after a 22-member whale pod stranded itself at Avalon Beach State Park on Florida's eastern coast this weekend. The sudden, unexplained stranding brought an army of volunteers who tried to keep the whales hydrated and upright Saturday....
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Posted by on in Ocean/Seas/Coastlines
An ashy pallor has spread across South Florida's coral reefs over the past few months, as stressed corals expelled the algae that gives them color. The worst case of coral bleaching since surveys began in 2005 struck reefs from the Florida Keys through Martin County, harming the base of the region'...
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Posted by on in Oil Spill
  President Obama declared Gulf Coast beaches clean, safe and open for business Saturday as he brought his family to the Florida Panhandle and promised residents that the government wouldn't forget them once efforts to stop the leak are finished. On a warm and muggy day, Obama pledged to "k...
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Posted by on in Oil Spill
  No one is lowering their guard just yet, but the chances are diminishing that significant amounts of oil from the ongoing Deepwater Horizon spill will soon make it to southern Florida. In part, it is the behavior of the Gulf of Mexico's increasingly infamous Loop Current that could lower the...
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