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  1. Manatee center plans new exhibits


    APOLLO BEACH — Manatees have long sought warmer waters during winter months, and this week's temperature drop likely gave visitors to the Tampa Electric Manatee Viewing Center a chance to see the marine mammals swimming in the heated discharge from the Big Bend Power Station.

    A lone manatee swims in the discharge canal next to the Tampa Electric Manatee Viewing Center at Apollo Beach.
  2. With Nola gone, only three northern white rhinos remain on Earth (w/video)


    In a single day, the world's population of northern white rhinos declined by 25 percent.

    Nola, a northern white rhinoceros, stands in her enclosure at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park in Escondido, Calif. Zoo officials say Nola, 41, was euthanized early Sunday because she was suffering from a number of old-age ailments, including arthritis, and had also been treated for a recurring abscess on her hip. The rhino had been a draw at the Safari Park since 1986. [Associated Press (2014)]
  3. Red tide likely cause of massive fish kill on Sanibel Island


    SANIBEL ISLAND — A massive fish kill on Sanibel Island could keep beachgoers out of the water and off of the sand.

  4. U.S. and Cuba sign first environmental accord since diplomatic thaw


    HAVANA — The United States and Cuba signed an agreement Wednesday to join forces and protect the vast array of fish and corals both countries separated by just 90 miles of water share in common, the first environmental accord since announcing plans to renew diplomatic relations.

  5. St. Petersburg City Council committee votes to use $1.5 million of BP settlement for sewers


    ST. PETERSBURG — A St. Petersburg City Council committee voted unanimously Monday to spend $1.5 million in cash from the BP settlement on sewer system repairs.

  6. DEP timber-harvest contract took odd twists before it fell apart


    Don Curtis said he knew something was wrong when he saw the contract announcement from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

    Concerns were renewed about DEP Secretary Jon Steverson.
  7. City official says pay for St. Petersburg sewer repairs with bond revenue, not BP money


    ST. PETERSBURG— How to fix an aging sewer system has been a much-discussed topic at City Hall since weeks of heavy rains led to more than 31 million gallons of sewage being dumped in August.

  8. Groups say Mosaic's $2B settlement with EPA falls short, call for regional health study


    In October, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that it had worked out a settlement with Mosaic Fertilizer, the world's largest phosphate mining company, over hazardous waste pollution. The company would pay nearly $2 billion to settle the suit and clean up operations at six Florida sites and two in …

  9. Final tally in October's bear hunt: 304, including 36 mother bears


    Florida hunters killed 36 mother bears during last month's bear hunt, the first one in 21 years, state wildlife officials revealed in a new report released Thursday. They also killed more bears than the wildlife officials originally believed — 304, instead of 298.

     Hunter Byan Smith covers his 457lbs bear to prevent the meat from spoiling after FWC biologists did their measurements and samples during the first Florida Black Bear hunt in 21 years at the Rock Springs Run Wildlife Management Area near Lake Mary Florida. Bryan Smith's bear weighed in at 457lbs.  (Saturday, October 24, 2015.) [Photo Luis Santana | Times]
  10. Invasive weed infiltrating Clearwater's mangroves


    CLEARWATER — Every time Island Estates resident Chris Van Slooten drives along the Clearwater Memorial Causeway, he scans the mangroves lining both sides of the road and cringes.

    Morning Glory vines are draped over some mangroves on the south side of Clearwater Memorial Causeway. The invasive vine threatens the causeway mangroves. In January, DOT will send prison crews to remove the vines.