Going green

  1. Experts to talk about Goliath grouper future

    Wildlife

    KEY LARGO — Fishery management experts will be meeting in the Florida Keys this week to discuss protections for the Goliath grouper.

  2. Peregrine falcons delay USS 'Saratoga' departure

    Wildlife

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The Navy is ready to say goodbye to the USS Saratoga, but a family of peregrine falcons is not.

    Peregrine falcons are nesting on board the USS Saratoga, a decommissioned aircraft carrier.
  3. Feds allow sonic cannons on Florida's East Coast to search for oil

    Environment

    ST. AUGUSTINE BEACH — Opening the Eastern Seaboard to offshore oil exploration for the first time in decades, the Obama administration on Friday approved the use of sonic cannons to discover deposits under the ocean floor by shooting sound waves 100 times louder than a jet engine through waters shared by …

    A right whale swims with a calf off the coast of Florida. [National Oceanic Atmospheric Association (2005)]
  4. State report shows Hernando lags in recycling effort

    Environment

    Toss it. Pitch it. Dump it. Chuck it.

    All describe the disposal of stuff.

    And all of these phrases, no surprise, sound a lot like other expressions — "the heck with it" being one of the more polite examples — that mean we don't care.

  5. Under pressure, Texas oil company shuts last well near Everglades

    Environment

    The Texas company running a controversial oil drilling operation at the edge of Florida panther habitat announced Tuesday it would shut down its remaining well — just as Florida environmental regulators were announcing they would sue to force its shutdown.

  6. Scott promotes hurricane preparedness in Tampa stop

    Environment

    TAMPA — Nearly four months remain in this year's hurricane season and Gov. Rick Scott reminded residents at a press conference Tuesday that they need to have a safety plan in case a storm hits.

  7. Texas company ends controversial oil drilling in Florida; keeps pumping from one well

    Environment

    A Texas company that sparked controversy by drilling for oil in Florida panther habitat near the Everglades — and then violating its permit — announced Friday that except for its lone well that's producing oil, it is ending all its operations there.

    Workers at the Dan A. Hughes drilling operation on Dec. 31, 2013, the day the company violated its permit by using a drilling technique not allowed under its state permit. The uproar that resulted led to a $25,000 fine, testing of the groundwater and now an announcement from Hughes that it’s ending its drilling work in Collier County.
  8. Feds declare 300 miles of Florida beaches critical habitat for loggerheads

    Wildlife

    In a move likely to affect the building of new sea walls, federal officials Wednesday announced that they had designated hundreds of miles of beaches in Florida and six other states as critical habitat for loggerhead sea turtles.

    The loggerhead, like all species of sea turtles, is considered imperiled.
  9. Bacteria at two Tampa beaches prompts health advisory

    Water

    TAMPA — Health officials have issued an advisory warning people to avoid the waters of two Tampa beaches.

  10. Injured bald eagle rescued on Fourth of July at MacDill

    Wildlife

    A bald eagle that was found injured and unable to fly at MacDill Air Force Base on the Fourth of July is recovering from surgery at Busch Gardens.

    Photo by Busch Gardens