Going green

  1. Demens Landing residents angered by mangrove's severe cutting

    Environment

    ST. PETERSBURG — An investigation is under way to determine who improperly trimmed a large mangrove tree down to its roots last week at Demens Landing.

    Mangroves, foreground, next to Demen's Landing gate 4 were cut down last Thursday without the city arborist's permission. Healthy mangroves can be seen in the background, center. The view is looking east toward Tampa Bay. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]
  2. Shark nicknamed 'Old Hitler' is legend on Gulf

    Wildlife

    BOCA GRANDE — For decades, legendary hammerhead Old Hitler has been the subject of fishing folklore up and down the southern coast of the Gulf of Mexico.

    Dr. Matt Ajemian, left, and Dr. Greg Stunz, right, collect samples from a tiger shark as Scott Butherus, center, inserts a tracking tag off Juno Beach for the Discovery Channel documentary.
  3. Florida fades in use of renewable energy as big utilities call the shots

    Energy

    Some enterprising lawyer really should sue the state of Florida for misrepresentation. When it comes to energy resources, calling Florida "the Sunshine State" is as bogus as it gets.

    Charlie Crist didn’t deliver on energy promises as governor.
  4. 'Street view' goes underwater to capture reefs, wonders

    Water

    ISLAMORADA — It's easy to go online and get a 360-degree, ground-level view of almost any street in the United States and throughout the world. Soon, scientists hope people will be able to do the same with coral reefs and other underwater wonders.

    Mitchell Tartt of the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries trains to take 360-degree panoramas off the Islamorada coast. The technology comes to U.S. waters for the first time.
  5. Adorable rare panda triplets born in China (w/ video)

    Wildlife

    BEIJING — Among panda-lovers, it doesn't take much to set off pandemonium. Tuesday was a banner day for admirers of the rare black-and-white mammals as a zoo in southern China announced that one of its charges had given birth to a set of triplets — which the facility billed as the only surviving trio of …

    Panda cub triplets can be seen in the incubator at Chimelong Safari Park in Guangzhou, the capital of southern China's Guangdong province, on Tuesday. Their mother, Ju Xiao, gave birth to the cubs on July 29. They are the first living giant panda triplets in the world. [McClatchy-Tribune]
  6. Clean Tampa Bay worth $22 billion to bay area, study says

    Environment

    One in every five jobs in the Tampa Bay watershed depends on keeping the bay itself healthy, according to a new study unveiled Tuesday.

  7. Investigators still unsure why alligator bit woman in canoe

    Wildlife

    THONOTOSASSA — Investigators are still unsure why an alligator bit a woman paddling down the Hillsborough River near John B. Sargeant Park on Thursday afternoon.

  8. Shark Week's biggest critic sharpening his Twitter harpoon

    Environment

    Cue the theme song. You know the one — the one with all that foreboding bass, the one that kids who haven't seen the movie like to hum when they're splashing at the beach and pretending there's a deadly predator nearby.

    University of Miami graduate student David Shiffman, a critic of Discovery Channel’s Shark Week, tags a lemon shark in the Everglades with the assistance of Stacy Assael.
  9. Tarpon Springs shuts down reclaimed water during daylight hours

    Water

    TARPON SPRINGS — Residents will not have access to reclaimed water between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. until further notice, according to a city news release. The supply is low due to the shortage of rainfall this summer.

  10. Woman paddling on Hillsborough River bitten by alligator

    Wildlife

    THONOTOSASSA — A woman canoeing in the Hills­borough River was attacked and bitten in the leg by an alligator Thursday afternoon near John B. Sargeant Park, an incident authorities are calling unusual.

    Crews used a motorboat and canoes, with a sheriff’s helicopter overhead, to reach the injured woman in her canoe.