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  1. Record number of manatees, and visitors, reported in Citrus waters

    Wildlife

    CRYSTAL RIVER — Joyce Kleen had a hint of what was in store when she learned from a research team at Three Sisters Springs that more than 500 manatees had used the spring between sunrise and sunset one day earlier in the week.

    During times of cold weather, manatees take haven in Three Sisters Springs, where water is about 72 degrees year-round.
  2. A sneaky snake: Teams hunt for rock pythons in Everglades

    Wildlife

    For all the danger posed to Florida's Everglades by invasive Burmese pythons, there's one thing researchers don't want to know: how they would interact with another python species that threatens to move into the same territory.

    Edward Mercer, a  Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission non-native Wildlife Technician, holds a Burmese Python during a press conference in the Florida Everglades about the non-native species on Thursday in Miami. [Getty Images]
  3. Gov. Rick Scott proposes $5 billion Everglades plan

    State Roundup

    Standing outside a Miami airboat attraction with some of the state's top environmentalists and a caged panther named Harley, Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday proposed spending $150 million in his next budget on Everglades restoration and habitat preservation.

    Gov. Rick Scott unveiled an ambitious $5 billion, 20-year environmen­tal plan.
  4. Obama plan calls for oil and gas drilling in the Atlantic

    National

    WASHINGTON — The Obama administration moved Tuesday to open up a vast stretch of East Coast waters to oil and gas drilling, a decision that could have a profound impact on the economic and environmental future of states from Virginia to Georgia.

    [Times files (2008)]
  5. Senate declares climate change real but doesn't agree on cause (w/video)

    Global Warming

    WASHINGTON — The Republican-controlled Senate acknowledged Wednesday that climate change is real but refused to say humans are to blame.

  6. Florida may be going on a bear hunt in 2015

    Wildlife

    Florida may be going on a bear hunt.

    Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission executive director Nick Wiley said Wednesday that he will "put bear hunting for population management on the table" at the next commission meeting in two weeks.

    Complaints about bears to the state wildlife commission’s hotline have been growing.
  7. Past, future effects of oil argued in BP penalty trial

    Environment

    NEW ORLEANS — The 2010 BP oil spill's long-term effects on Gulf of Mexico sea life and coastal marshes remain uncertain, an environmental expert testified Wednesday as federal attorneys laid out their case for penalties against the oil corporation that could hit $13.7 billion.

    Steve Gardner scrapes oil from the sand in June 2010 along a 700-yard long strip of oil that washed up on the beach in Gulf Shores, Ala. [Associated Press]
  8. BP penalty trial dredges up gloomy images of 2010 gulf spill (w/video)

    Nation

    NEW ORLEANS — Images of oil-coated birds and testimony about "widespread sociocultural harm" opened the third phase of a trial to establish penalties BP must pay under the federal Clean Water Act for spilling millions of barrels of crude into the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.

    A bird is mired in oil on the beach at East Grand Terre Island along the Louisiana coast in this June 3, 2010, file photo. Lawyers representing the federal government were in a New Orleans courtroom Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, outlining their case for adding some $13.7 billion in penalties to costs already incurred by BP after the 2010 Gulf oil spill. BP points to $42 billion in costs it already has incurred in arguing for a lower penalty. [Associated Press]
  9. Calls grow louder for lawmakers to use Amendment 1 money for beach repair

    Environment

    Passed by an overwhelming majority of Florida voters last fall, Amendment 1 was billed as a way to force lawmakers to make water quality and land conservation a priority.

    A worker repairs a Treasure Island beach in November. Counties battling beach erosion seek a share of Amendment 1 money.
  10. Climate change impacts being assessed by Florida Department of Health

    Global Warming

    Gov. Rick Scott has never said that he believes climate change is really happening, despite meeting with scientists who did their best to persuade him. His Department of Environmental Protection has no specific program devoted to combating the problem. And although a group met in St. Petersburg last year to propose some …

    Vicki Boguszewski received a $10,000 grant from the Florida Department of Health.