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Going green

  1. Uncertain future for St. Petersburg's sewage plant next to Albert Whitted

    Water

    ST. PETERSBURG — When the city pumped more than 16 million gallons of untreated or partially treated sewage into Tampa and Boca Ciega bays this month, it thrust a coveted piece of waterfront property back into the public eye.

  2. General Mills sets ambitious goal for greenhouse gas cuts

    Global Warming

    GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. — General Mills has set an ambitious goal of reducing its greenhouse gas emissions 28 percent by 2025 — not just within its own operations but from farm to fork to landfill.

    General Mills CEO Ken Powell talks about his company's plans for reducing greenhouse gases in Golden Valley, Minn. The company's goal is reducing its greenhouse gas emissions 28 percent by 2025, not just within its own operations but all the way up its supply chain from suppliers. [JIM MONE | Associated Press]
  3. Monkey business abounds at Dania Beach

    Wildlife

    DANIA BEACH

    For half a century, they have haunted the swampy forests east of Federal Highway.

    An African vervet monkey travels along a fence in Dania Beach in 2010. The long-tailed monkeys eat bananas and mangoes left for them. They live on the north side of Dania Beach Boulevard.
  4. Count Bill Nelson in for Florida's next python hunt

    Wildlife

    Count at least one hunter eager for the second round of Florida's official python hunt -- even though he didn't catch any last time.

  5. Swiftmud board member says he has no conflict in approving permit for friend

    Wetlands

    TAMPA — Former state Sen. Pat Neal has built thousands of homes in Manatee County for other people, and now he wants to build four more for his family.

    Swiftmud board member Carlos Beruff is hoping to develop a 463-acre site on Sarasota Bay. [Courtesy photo] 
  6. Institute scores $4 million in Transocean settlement, but can't spend it on rickety research vessel

    Environment

    ST. PETERSBURG — U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson announced Monday that the Florida Institute of Oceanography is getting $4 million to conduct more research on the impact of the 2010 oil spill on the Gulf of Mexico.

    But there's a catch.

    The Florida Institute of Oceanography’s biggest research asset, the R/V Bellows, is falling apart.
  7. How Florida's counties stack up based on scenery and climate

    Environment

    While they may have recently topped the charts of "Sweatiest Cities," the U.S. Department of Agriculture still ranks Tampa and Miami as some of the best areas to live in Florida. According to the department's "natural amenities scale," South Florida and the Tampa Bay area dominate in their collections of scenery and …

  8. Jeb Bush said he loved manatees, but preferred boaters, antitax stance as governor

    Wildlife

    As a presidential candidate, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush hasn't said much about the environmental issues facing America. He has waffled on climate change and supported approval of the Keystone pipeline and drilling in the arctic, and that has been about it.

    A pair of manatees navigate the waters of Kings Bay, Crystal River’s headwaters, in January. The area is the largest winter refuge for manatees on Florida’s Gulf Coast.
  9. Under weight of heavy rains, experts say ground in Tampa Bay could be more susceptible to sinkholes

    Environment

    TAMPA — The onslaught of rain that drenched the Tampa Bay area in the past month unleashed widespread flooding that left the ground soppy and saturated.

    On Wednesday, a fatal sinkhole reopened in Seffner. Experts say heavy rains weigh down the soil and can lead to sinkholes.
  10. Richard Corbett resigns as Florida Fish and Wildlife commissioner

    Wildlife

    Richard Corbett, the Tampa mall developer who chaired the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission when it decided to bring back bear hunting after 21 years, has resigned.

    Avery Cobbs, 48, from Orlando, dressed in a bear suit with a bull's-eye on his chest, heads back to his seat after addressing the group at a hearing on Florida's wildlife commissioners' plan to vote on bringing back bear hunting. The hearing was June 24 at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota. (DIRK SHADD   |   Times )