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  1. Governor: Dakota Access protesters can leave without arrest (w/video)

    Environment

    CANNON BALL, N.D. — A few dozen people still occupying a sprawling encampment on federal land to protest construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline will have another chance to leave peacefully Thursday, North Dakota's governor said, after public officials pleaded with the self-named "water protectors" to leave …

    A fire set by protesters burns in the background as opponents of the Dakota Access pipeline leave their main protest camp Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017, near Cannon Ball, N.D. Most of the pipeline opponents abandoned their protest camp Wednesday ahead of a government deadline to get off the federal land, and authorities moved to arrest some who defied the order in a final show of dissent. [Tom Stromme | The Bismarck Tribune via AP]
  2. DeWitt: Hernando's raids on natural lands fund need to stop

    Environment

    It's clear that Hernando County commissioners now view the nearly $6 million environmentally sensitive lands fund as a pot of money they can dip into at any time for just about any purpose.

  3. Pesticide meeting highlights ties between Forest Hills, Babe Zaharias Golf Course

    Environment

    TAMPA — The Tampa Sports Authority is still considering whether it will fumigate Babe Zaharias Golf Course with a controversial pesticide but it's running out of time and options.

    A meeting Tuesday night showed that some residents of Forest Hills aim to continue fighting  proposed use of the pesticide Curfew at the Babe Zaharias Golf Course while others trust course operators to do the right thing. [Times file, 2012]
  4. Annual Florida manatee count breaks record for third year in a row

    Wildlife

    For the third year in a row, the annual attempt to count the manatees swimming in Florida's waterways has broken the previous year's record. Scientists reported finding 6,620 manatees this year, up from the 6,250 last year and 6,063 the year before.

    A manatee swims near the entrance to Three Sisters Springs in Citrus County. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times photo

  5. Video shows 11-foot python that slithered into Florida student's car

    Wildlife

    College student Ross Price had just put in a long study session, and he wasn't prepared for what he found moving by his parking space.

    A Davie police officer holds up the 11-foot reticulated python that was pulled from the engine compartment of a college student's car. [Facebook]
  6. Bird caught on video eating an alligator

    Wildlife

    Alligators eat birds all the time, but Facebook followers of the Florida Wildlife Commission seemed surprised to learn that it can go the other way around. The agency posted a video on Thursday showing a …

  7. Hillsborough won't increase accepted lead levels in wastewater but arsenic limits remain undecided

    Water

    TAMPA — Hillsborough County won't allow industrial companies to dump more lead into its wastewater system after all.

  8. Florida lawmakers in D.C. learn there are no easy fixes for red tide plague

    Environment

    WASHINGTON — Red tide has become a vexing issue for many residents of Pinellas, Sarasota and Manatee counties over the past year, but lawmakers from Florida's 29-member congressional delegation learned Wednesday that the natural phenomenon is hard to stop.

    Red tide led to fish kills along some Pinellas beaches this past September, coming ashore on Treasure Island. Red tide is caused by algal blooms when naturally occurring red tide phytoplankton form a dense cluster and release toxins, resulting in the death of aquatic animals, as well as a foul odor, along with coughing and watery eyes among some beachgoers. It has persisted long after its normal season from late summer to early fall in the state, dotting the coasts with dead fish.  [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]
  9. Video: Once again, firefall phenomenon wows visitors to Yosemite's El Capitan

    Environment

    YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. — Mother Nature is again putting on a show at California's Yosemite National Park, where every February the setting sun draws a narrow sliver of light on a waterfall to make it glow like a cascade of molten lava.

    In this Feb. 16, 2010, photo, a shaft of sunlight creates a glow near Horsetail Fall in Yosemite National Park, Calif. [Eric Paul Zamora | Fresno Bee via AP]
  10. Official sides with Georgia over Florida in water lawsuit

    Environment

    ATLANTA — A judicial official sided with Georgia in a decades-long dispute over water rights with Florida on Tuesday, recommending that the U.S. Supreme Court refuse Florida's high-stakes request to cap water use by its neighboring state.