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  1. Mosquito Joe lead technician Damien Ysasi sprays a mixture of essential oil insecticides in a yard in Cascade Township near Grand Rapids, Mich., on July 20.  As climate change widens the insect's range and lengthens its prime season, more Americans are resorting to the booming industry of professional extermination. But the chemical bombardment worries scientists who fear over-use of pesticides is harming pollinators and worsening a growing threat to birds that eat insects.
  2. Kristen Woodruff, with Woodruff Law, is pictured standing in center and on the tv screens as she addresses the commissioners during the public comment section of a meeting of the Environmental Protection Commission Thursday on a proposed yard waste incinerator in Lutz. Friday, Louis Geraci LLLP withdrew its application for the incinerator.
  3. A West Indian manatee coming to the surface and looking for her emoji.
  4. Jennifer Messer of Lutz speaks in opposition to a proposed yard waste incinerator on Thursday.
  5. President Joe Biden speaks from the Treaty Room in the White House on April 14, 2021.
  6. This illustration provided by J. J. Giraldo depicts a 52-foot Otodus megalodon shark predating on a 26-foot Balaenoptera whale in the Pliocene epoch, between 5.4 to 2.4 million years ago. At background right, a 13-foot Carcharodon shark seizes an 8-foot juvenile of the whale pod. The giant megalodon shark that roamed the oceans millions of years ago could have devoured a creature the size of a killer whale in just five bites, according to a study published Wednesday in the journal Science Advances.
  7. Despite a request from residents, Hillsborough commissioners said Wednesday they could not halt work on a Taylor Morrison project again without giving the company due process to answer allegations that it violated county permitting rules.
  8. President Joe Biden signs the Democrats' landmark climate change and health care bill in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, as from left, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of N.Y., House Majority Whip Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C., Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J., and Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Fla., watch.
  9. Beach visitors explore the shallows off Clearwater Beach south of Pier 60 recently. The water in the Gulf of Mexico and Clearwater Harbor is more often blue, green or even tea-colored, depending on the light and the algae in play.
  10. In this July 31, 2019, Times file photo, an alligator lays in shallow water at the western edge of Lake Maggiore, St. Petersburg.
  11. The Tampa Bay Water board of directors unanimously approved an expansion of its surface water treatment plant Monday to meet growing water demands for the region.
  12. Water filled a reservoir at the old Piney Point fertilizer plant site in Manatee County earlier this year. A leak triggered a crisis in 2021, and crews dumped 215 million gallons of wastewater from Piney Point into Tampa Bay.
  13. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi finishes the vote to approve the Inflation Reduction Act in the House chamber at the Capitol in Washington, Friday, Aug. 12, 2022. A divided Congress gave final approval Friday to Democrats' flagship climate and health care bill.
  14. People walk outside the U.S Capitol building in Washington in June. A flagship Democratic economic bill perched on the edge of House passage Friday, placing President Joe Biden on the brink of a back-from-the-dead triumph on goals for the climate, health care and taxes.
  15. Workman with Power Shift Solar put solar panels on a house Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022, in Salt Lake City. Congress is poised to pass a transformative climate change bill on Friday, Aug. 12. The crux of the long-delayed bill is to use incentives to accelerate the expansion of clean energy such as wind and solar power, speeding the transition away from the oil, coal and gas that largely cause climate change. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
  16. A health alert has been issued for Hillsborough River (north of Morris Bridge Rd., west of I-75) because of the presence of harmful blue-green algal toxins.
  17. A python hunt started Friday in the Florida Everglades. This photo shows University of Florida researchers holding a 15-foot Burmese python captured in Everglades National Park in 2009. The python had just eaten a 6-foot alligator.
  18. Weeki Wachee mermaid Bonnie Georgiadis is pictured on this postcard as she looked during the early days of her 37-year Weeki Wachee career. Georgiadis died at 86 in July 2022.
  19. President Joe Biden speaks about the economy during a meeting with CEOs on the White House complex in Washington on Thursday.  An unexpected deal reached by Senate Democrats could help Biden come close to meeting his pledge to cut greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030, experts said.
  20. Two people died in the Florida Keys during the first day of lobster mini-season, officials said.
  21. SeaWorld Rescue and other partners assess manatee TexasTeeMiguel's health after rescuing him from Galveston Bay, Texas on Dec. 4, 2021. The ailing manatee that was found and rehabilitated in Texas late last year was flown to Florida on a cargo plane and released Wednesday into Kings Bay in Crystal River.
  22. Driector Stephen Guidry White looks into his monitor while Brian Ham films a scene. A film crew shooting for National Geographic films a scene depicting a shark attacks for the second season of "Shark Attack Files" in December in Treasure Island.
  23. The annual Perseid meteor shower streak across the sky, seen here in 2014, started up on July 17 and will continue to dot the night sky through Aug. 24. The peak this year, when the most meteors will shoot across the sky, is expected to be Aug. 11-13.
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