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Going green

  1. Obama heralds impact of power plant greenhouse gas limits

    Global Warming

    WASHINGTON — Calling it a moral obligation, President Barack Obama unveiled the final version of his plan to dramatically cut emissions from U.S. power plants, as he warned anew that climate change will threaten future generations if left unchecked.

    President Barack Obama discusses the Clean Power Plan in the East Room at the White House in Washington, Monday. Obama unveiled a plan to reduce greenhouse gases on Monday requiring the nation's power plants to cut their carbon dioxide emissions to 32 percent below 2005 levels by 2030. [Zach Gibson/The New York Times]
  2. Conservation group sues to stop black bear hunt

    Wildlife

    A Seminole County conservation group has filed suit against Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission claiming the black bear hunt approved in June is unconstitutional.

  3. World's oldest cockatiel lives in St. Pete Beach

    Wildlife

    ST. PETE BEACH— Sammy the cockatiel will turn 31 today.

    	Sammy, a soon-to-be 31-year-old cockatiel from St. Pete Beach who was named the “Oldest Cockatiel” by the Guinness Book of World Records.
  4. Wildlife officials say young Florida panther hit by vehicle is 24th to die this year

    Wildlife

    NAPLES — Wildlife officials say a Florida panther was struck and killed by a vehicle in southwest Florida.

  5. Burmese python bagged in Everglades measures 18 feet, 3 inches and 133 pounds

    Wildlife

    A massive python slithering along the tram road at Shark Valley in Everglades National Park may be one for the record books.

    University of Florida researchers captured this female Burmese python, measuring 18 feet, 3 inches, and weighing 133 pounds, while tracking invasive species at Shark Valley in Everglades National Park on July 9.[U.S. Geological Survey]
  6. Injured John's Pass dolphin Babyface improves swimmingly

    Wildlife

    Babyface the dolphin isn't in the clear, but signs are promising that the deep propeller gashes on her back and tail will continue to heal, officials said.

    Babyface, a female bottlenose dolphin that suffered deep propeller injuries, has show improvement while swimming around John's Pass. [Photo: Clearwater Marine Aquarium]
  7. Dentist accused in Cecil the lion's death says he thought hunt was legal

    Wildlife

    ST. PAUL, Minn. — An American dentist who admitted he killed a well-known lion this month in Zimbabwe and planned to mount the head kept his office closed Wednesday as the furor against him online has turned vitriolic and, at times, threatening.

    A website, cecilthelion.org, was created to tell the story of Cecil and to solicit donations. [Screengrab from cecilthelion.org]
  8. Gallery: More than 600 baby sea turtles released into ocean

    Wildlife

    BOCA RATON— It was a turtle emancipation.

    A green turtle is held as marine turtle specialists prepare to release more than 570 baby sea turtles into the Atlantic Ocean in a joint effort between the Coast Guard and the Gumbo-Limbo Nature Center on July 27, 2015 in Boca Raton. The sea turtles hatchlings come from turtle nests located along beaches throughout Florida, which are the primary nesting grounds for Loggerhead sea turtles. [Getty Images]
  9. Sockeye salmon dying from heat in Columbia River

    Wildlife

    Perishing population

    Sockeye salmon dying from heat in Columbia River

  10. Gov. Rick Scott as environmental champion? Yes, says foundation headed by developer

    Environment

    Gov. Rick Scott, whose administration has pushed to open the parks to cattle grazing and timber harvesting, offered polluters ways to get out of fines and sharply cut back staffing and regulations designed to protect Florida's natural resources, is getting an award for being a friend to the environment.

    This year the Fish and Wildlife Foundation of Florida is giving its annual conservation award to Gov. Rick Scott and his wife, Ann. The foundation executive director, Brett Boston, said the award had no name. In 2013, though, when Boston, left, presented the trophy to Bass Pro Shop founder Johnny Morris, the award had a name: the BlueGreen Award for Conservation Leadership in Florida. [Bass Pro Shops]