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Going green

  1. The next car that runs over a Florida panther will set a grisly record


    They found the tawny carcass on State Road 29 in Glades County on the day before Thanksgiving. It was a male Florida panther, not quite 3 years old, run down by a vehicle that never stopped.

    Florida panthers, such as this cub seen near a hunting camp east of LaBelle in 2012, remain endangered as suburban development encroaches upon their natural habitat.
  2. Ancient Floridians knew how to cope with rising seas, archaeologists find

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    The 2012 emergency call sent archaeologists scrambling. Rising seas were washing away an ancient Indian burial ground near Cedar Key. They had to dig up the remaining graves and collect the bones before the whole thing disappeared into the Gulf of Mexico.

    Archaeologists work on an ancient burial ground on an island near Cedar Key.
  3. DEP deputy administrator may lack environmental experience, but is an expert in hunting


    Three months after Gov. Rick Scott named Jon Steverson the new secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection, Steverson hired a man with nearly zero environmental experience to serve as one of his top administrators.

    Gary Clark may oversee hunting in state parks, critics say.
  4. Rising temperatures, invisible threats: Climate change spurs disease fears


    DALLAS — Winter was oddly mild in northern Texas in 2012, a year that saw few snowflakes and barely any ice. When the cold failed to show up, the spring mosquitoes arrived in droves, carrying disease.

    Microbiologist Spencer Lockwood carries a mosquito trap in Dallas. The trap is comprised of a tub for stink water, a small suction fan, a mosquito net and a small battery for powering the suction fan. [Jeremy Lock | Washington Post]
  5. Pinellas County trackers: Sea turtle nesting season a success


    It was a good year for Pinellas County sea turtles.

    After two years of treatment and rehabilitation at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Ozzy, a 130-pound (sub-adult) female loggerhead sea turtle, is returned to the Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday (9/9/15) at Clearwater Beach. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times]
  6. 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.
  7. 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)]
  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.