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Groups want Florida out of Chesapeake Bay water challenge

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

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By BRUCE RITCHIE FLORIDAENVIRONMENTS.COM Several Florida organizations on Tuesday sent a letter to Attorney General Pam Bondi asking her to withdraw from a challenge to a Chesapeake Bay cleanup plan. Bondi came under fire in February after Florida joined 20 other states in filing a legal brief supporting an appeal filed by the American Farm […]

See for yourself what’s happening to Florida springs — now

Thursday, August 2, 2012

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Two Florida photographers, John Moran and Alan Youngblood, say they have seen the harm being done to Florida’s springs — and it is real. The rest of us can’t wait any longer to see for ourselves and decide whether to speak out. Moran, a former Gainesville Sun photographer, spoke on June 23 at a workshop […]

Wildlife expedition holds scientific value even if biologist has regrets

Sunday, May 6, 2012

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By BRUCE RITCHIE Floridaenvironments.com Biologist Joe Guthrie sounds like he’s being too hard on himself for not taking more notes or recording data on his recent 1,000-mile trek with the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition. Guthrie and photographer Carlton Ward Jr., conservationist Mallory Lykes Dimmett and documentary filmmaker Elam Stoltzfus finished their journey April 22 in […]

Cabinet members join group on expedition across Florida

Sunday, March 25, 2012

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By BRUCE RITCHIE A team of conservationists on a 1,000-mile expedition across Florida was joined by two Cabinet officials last week just past midway on their trek. Photographer Carlton Ward Jr., biologist Joe Guthrie and filmmaker Elam Stoltzfus began their journey on Jan. 9 from Florida Bay at the tip of Everglades National Park. They […]

Florida environmentalists say there are more bills to work on

Monday, February 6, 2012

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By Bruce Ritchie Floridaenvironments.com After scoring victories last week, environmental group lobbyists at the Florida Capitol say there is plenty more work to do during the 2012 legislative session. Environmental groups dropped their opposition on Tuesday to HB 503 dealing with environmental permitting and HB 639 dealing with reclaimed water after they were amended to […]

Team launches trek to promote Florida Wildlife Corridor

Monday, January 9, 2012

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By BRUCE RITCHIE A conservation photographer, biologist and filmmaker on Tuesday will begin a nearly 1,000-mile trek up the Florida peninsula to highlight the need for maintaining a habitat corridor through the area. Along the way, they expect to stay with ranch landowners and be joined by some conservation leaders and elected officials including possibly […]

Author’s vision of a “Blue Revolution” began with Florida water wars

Monday, December 19, 2011

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(Editor’s note: See disclosure at end) By Bruce Ritchie Floridaenvironments.com Author Cynthia Barnett of Gainesville says she traces the start of her focus on water issues to a St. Petersburg Times page 1A story written in 2003 that she says made her “insane.” Barnett is author of “Blue Revolution: Unmaking America’s Water Crisis.” It’s an […]

NASCAR says it’s racing towards a green future

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

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BY BRUCE RITCHIE Floridaenvironments.com Race tracks and gas-guzzling hot-rods may seem to be the antithesis of environmentalism, but NASCAR officials are trying to change that viewpoint. NASCAR is big business in Florida with two of its top races being held in the state. The sport closes out its 2012 season on Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway […]

Barbs aimed at Florida governor during journalism conference

Sunday, October 23, 2011

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While hundreds of journalists gathered in Miami for the Society of Environmental Journalists national conference, Florida Gov. Rick Scott was firing another shot across environmentalists’ bow. Scott wasn’t at the SEJ conference but his policies were the target of analysis, criticism and quips by various speakers and protesters outside. In the past most governors have […]

Protesters gather outside enviro journalism conference in Miami

Saturday, October 22, 2011

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Some said they felt welcomed by the Society of Environmental Journalists, others felt marginalized by the organization. More than 100 protestors for varying causes held signs, beat drums and chanted Saturday at a “Rally for the Environment” in a park outside the International Hotel in Miami, site of SEJ’s national conference. Ana Campos of Fort […]