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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 […]

Environmentalists and hunter agree on no bear hunting now

Friday, November 11, 2011

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By BRUCE RITCHIE Floridaenvironments.com Representatives of environmental and hunting groups say they agree that now is not the time to talk about resuming hunts for Florida black bears. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission on Thursday released a draft plan for maintaining black bear populations. The proposal represents a success story, state officials said. […]

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 […]

Feds reviewing plight of more than 100 species as two declared extinct

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

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BY BRUCE RITCHIE You won’t probably find a South Florida rainbow snake or a Florida fairy shrimp no matter how hard you look. Those species are gone forever, federal wildlife officials say. The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service earlier this month declared both species to be extinct. That was just one of three actions […]

Author seeks to slow damage to Florida’s water management system

Friday, September 23, 2011

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Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection appear to be exercising more control over the state’s five water management districts, calling for statewide consistency while providing “one clear and consistent message.” But Tom Swihart, author of “Florida’s Water: A Fragile Resource in a Vulnerable State,” says Florida wouldn’t have been able to […]

Rumberger remembered as tireless champion for Everglades

Monday, September 12, 2011

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E. Thom Rumberger was remembered Monday as a champion of the Everglades who was gracious and effective while also helping build the modern Republican Party in Florida. The 79-year-old general counsel of the Everglades Foundation died Sept. 7 from complications associated with diabetes. “The Everglades has lost its most important advocate,” W. L. “Bud” Kirk, […]