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  1. Tampa's People's Climate March draws hundreds in downtown march for clean energy

    Environment

    TAMPA — Under the blazing sun and with signs in hand, a robust group of protesters halted traffic downtown on Saturday morning as they called on Tampa Bay to commit to 100 percent renewable energy.

    Kent Moyer, 63 of Temple Terrace, hoists up his sign in support of renewable energy at Tampa's People's Climate March on Saturday. (Courtesy of Stephanie Garza)
  2. Video: Watch as this giant alligator stalks two cranes on a Florida golf course

    Wildlife

    It has been a few days since we've had a video of a giant alligator. So we were glad to see this amazing Facebook post on Friday.

    Bill Pruitt shared video of a giant gator lumbering along after two sandhill cranes on a golf course Friday. [Image from video]
  3. University of Tampa divers help pull up nearly 100 pounds of Gasparilla beads from Seddon Channel

    Water

    TAMPA — In the murky depths off Davis Islands, Matt Gamache scanned the bottom of the Seddon Channel for sunken trash that had once been treasure.

    Five members of the University of Tampa diving club pose with some of the nearly 100 pounds of Gasparilla beads they helped fish from the bottom of the Seddon Channel on April 23. The students were among 25 divers who volunteered for the inaugural Gasp-Our Beads cleanup and survey project. From left are Matt Gamache, Stephanie Walker, Ally Marter, Josh Santucci-Smith and Brianna Sierra.
  4. All Eyes photo gallery: Birds find haven at a rookery in Port Richey

    Wildlife

    As spring weather moves into warmer temperatures, Florida's wildlife also changes with the season, as shown in this photo gallery of birds at a rookery in a retention pond off Embassy Drive in Port Richey.

    A pair of baby white egrets rest in their nest on Tuesday (4/25/17) at a rookery in a retention pond off Embassy Drive in Port Richey. The rookery contains colonies of breeding birds where, during nesting months of December through May, great blue herons, great egrets, anhingas, snowy egrets, cattle egrets, glossy ibises, green herons, tricolored herons, black-crowned hight-herons and wood storks can be observed busily building, enhancing their nests, courting, incubating eggs, and feeding their young.
  5. Pasco to test weekly curbside recycling

    Environment

    DADE CITY — An overwhelming number of Pasco residents want weekly curbside recycling, according to a county survey, but nearly half don't want to give up their twice-a-week trash pickups as a trade-off.

    Newspapers and mixed papers float to the ground to be bailed for recycling at Progressive Waste Solutions, St. Petersburg, where Pasco County sends its materials for recycling. [Times files, 2014]
  6. Video: Deputy wrestles feisty alligator

    Wildlife

    MACON, Ga. — An alligator has been apprehended at a park in central Georgia after a sheriff's deputy wrestled the creature.

  7. Catch a Florida python, win a T-shirt

    Wildlife

    They tried hiring professionals. They tried training people to compete in a big roundup. They even brought in tribesmen from India.

    The state has announced the Python Pickup Program, which rewards  participants with T-shirts and other prizes if they find and kill a Burmese python in the wild. The pythons are an invasive species that have wiped out large numbers of small animals in the Everglades.
  8. USF scientists headed for Cuba to study what it looks like before any oil spills

    Water

    ST. PETERSBURG — Florida scientists will ride their research vessel to Cuba next month to take measurements of its coastal waters before any oil spill ruins them.

    The University of South Florida research vessel the RV Weatherbird II and its crew will head to Cuba to study what the Gulf of Mexico looked like before the 2010 BP oil spill disaster. They'll set sail May 9 and work with Cuban scientists. [SCOTT KEELER, Times]
  9. Vanishing ocean floor in the Florida Keys worsens risks from sea rise, study finds

    Wetlands

    If sea rise weren't scary enough, scientists have now found another phenomenon threatening the Florida Keys and other coasts protected by reefs: a vanishing ocean floor.

    A diver explores coral in John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park. Scientists say the sea floor in parts of the region has eroded over the last eight decades. (Miami Herald)
  10. Deepwater Horizon: Seven years after explosion and oil spill, study finds cleanup workers got sicker

    Environment

    On the seventh anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon disaster, the health impacts that the spewing oil had on the people who came into contact with it are still raising questions about how the cleanup was handled.

    A Brown Pelican tries to raise its wings as it sits on the beach at East Grand Terre Island along the Louisiana coast after being drenched in oil from the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in June 2010. An April 20, 2010 explosion at the offshore platform killed 11 men, and the subsequent leak released an estimated 172 million gallons of petroleum into the gulf. [Associated Press]