Going green

  1. Wildlife officials ready to round up menacing tegu lizards (video)

    Wildlife

    Its name sounds exotic and cool. But the tegu lizard, with its forked tongue and fierce appetite for native species, is a growing pest that might be on the verge of rivaling the python as the state's menace of the moment.

    The tegu lizard is native to Argentina and can grow up to 4 feet long. They love to eat eggs and are a threat to Florida's wildlife. Photo by Ron Knight via Flickr
  2. 7 fascinating things we learned about sea turtles (video)

    Environment

    A popular video making the rounds this week (above) shows a time lapse view of loggerhead sea turtles hatching in the Florida Keys. It's such an amazing sight to see these tiny sea creatures emerge and head toward the water. It's a ritual that has gone on for more than 200 million years on beaches all over the world. …

    In this file photoa loggerhead sea turtle hatchling makes its way into the ocean along Haulover Beach in Miami. The turtle is an evaluated hatchling, and was manually released into the sea after being removed from the nest by a conservation specialist doing a nest success inventory. Associated Press
  3. Red Tide blamed for large fish kill in northeast Gulf of Mexico

    Environment

    Reports of thousands of dead and dying fish in the Gulf of Mexico, stretching from Pasco to Dixie counties, were confirmed Friday by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and blamed on Red Tide.

  4. Deadly laurel wilt fungus attacking Everglades trees

    Wetlands

    MIAMI — A fungus carried by an invasive beetle from southeast Asia is felling trees across the Everglades, and experts have not found a way to stop the blight from spreading.

    A dead tree stands beside a highway near Miami in the Florida Everglades. Laurel wilt, a fungus that follows an invasive beetle from Asia, is killing trees across the Everglades, and there's no way to stop the blight from spreading. [Associated Press]
  5. Port approves plan to reverse Apollo Beach Nature Park shore erosion

    Environment

    APOLLO BEACH — The shoreline of Apollo Beach Nature Park has been slipping away for years, but a recent decision by the Tampa Port Authority put East Hillsborough residents one step closer to reclaiming the once popular swimming spot.

  6. Experts to talk about Goliath grouper future

    Wildlife

    KEY LARGO — Fishery management experts will be meeting in the Florida Keys this week to discuss protections for the Goliath grouper.

  7. Peregrine falcons delay USS 'Saratoga' departure

    Wildlife

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The Navy is ready to say goodbye to the USS Saratoga, but a family of peregrine falcons is not.

    Peregrine falcons are nesting on board the USS Saratoga, a decommissioned aircraft carrier.
  8. Feds allow sonic cannons on Florida's East Coast to search for oil

    Environment

    ST. AUGUSTINE BEACH — Opening the Eastern Seaboard to offshore oil exploration for the first time in decades, the Obama administration on Friday approved the use of sonic cannons to discover deposits under the ocean floor by shooting sound waves 100 times louder than a jet engine through waters shared by …

    A right whale swims with a calf off the coast of Florida. [National Oceanic Atmospheric Association (2005)]
  9. State report shows Hernando lags in recycling effort

    Environment

    Toss it. Pitch it. Dump it. Chuck it.

    All describe the disposal of stuff.

    And all of these phrases, no surprise, sound a lot like other expressions — "the heck with it" being one of the more polite examples — that mean we don't care.

  10. Under pressure, Texas oil company shuts last well near Everglades

    Environment

    The Texas company running a controversial oil drilling operation at the edge of Florida panther habitat announced Tuesday it would shut down its remaining well — just as Florida environmental regulators were announcing they would sue to force its shutdown.