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Going green

  1. In southwest Florida, man and panther vie over goats and state's true nature

    Wildlife

    NAPLES — Arturo Freyre lives among the lions.

    Mark Lotz a Panther Biologist for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission helps Arturo Freyre remove the carcasses of several goats that were killed by panthers. This was the second attack that occurred on this property over the course of three days, claiming a total of four goats and one chicken.  Large panther prints and fur where found in and around the enclosures where the animals were being kept. Lotz spent several hours on the property collecting fur samples, securing pens and enclosures, and making sure the owner felt comfortable and safe.  Manuel Martinez   |   Naples Daily News (2010)
  2. What about the manatees? Group targets two U.S. agencies for dock permits

    Wildlife

    An environmental group that frequently sues the government over endangered species issues has taken aim at the federal permitting of thousands of boat docks in Florida and how that affects manatees.

    The Center for Biological Diversity says two federal agencies are not considering the cumulative impact on manatees from the high number of Florida docks they are approving.
  3. Environmental groups object to development of U.S. Sugar land in Everglades

    Wetlands

    Two dozen people from Florida environmental groups showed up at the South Florida Water Management District board meeting Thursday in West Palm Beach to protest plans by U.S. Sugar to develop property that the state has an option to buy for Everglades restoration.

  4. U.N. scientists say the ozone layer is recovering

    Environment

    WASHINGTON — Earth's protective ozone layer is beginning to recover, largely because of the phaseout since the 1980s of certain chemicals used in refrigerants and aerosol cans, a U.N. scientific panel reported Wednesday in a rare piece of good news about the health of the planet.

  5. U.S. Sugar plans development on land Florida wanted for Everglades restoration

    Environment

    For the past two years, as its executives were taking Florida politicians on secret hunting trips to the King Ranch in Texas, U.S. Sugar was planning for a massive change in its business plan.

    Sugar cane grows in a field owned by U.S. Sugar as a storm rolls in over Clewiston on Aug. 13. Developing land owned by the company could greatly benefit Hendry County, which is looking for ways to revive its sagging economy.
  6. Albino cobra captured in California neighborhood

    Wildlife

    THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — A deadly albino cobra that ran loose for days in a Southern California neighborhood was captured Thursday.

    Lt. Fred Agoopi, right, from the Los Angeles County Animal Care & Control, captures a venomous albino monocled cobra Thursday in Thousand Oaks, Calif. [AP photo]
  7. Congressman David Jolly juggles threats of red tide, bad publicity to Pinellas tourism

    Tourism

    When U.S. Rep David Jolly sailed out of Clearwater on Thursday morning with a boat full of TV cameras, it was to spotlight the potential crisis posed by the red tide bloom floating miles off the Pinellas coast.

  8. Judge: BP's reckless conduct caused gulf oil spill

    Environment

    NEW ORLEANS — BP bears the majority of responsibility among the companies involved in the nation's worst offshore oil spill, a federal judge ruled Thursday, citing the energy giant's reckless conduct in a ruling that exposes the company to billions of dollars in penalties.

    In his 153-page ruling, U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier said BP made "profit-driven decisions" during the drilling of the well that led to the deadly blowout. [Getty Images]
  9. Cut short by Gov. Rick Scott, climate scientist finishes his thought

    Human Interest

    David Hastings of Eckerd College in St. Petersburg recently traveled to Tallahassee to talk to Rick Scott about how to save Florida.

    Eckerd College marine science professor David Hastings, left, speaks to Gov. Rick Scott about climate change.
  10. Dead fish turn up on Honeymoon Island

    Water

    DUNEDIN — About 100 dead fish have turned up on the north end of Honeymoon Island State Park since Friday morning.