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  1. A cypress creek flows over a sandy stream bed in the heart of the USF Forest Preserve. The future of the property has been in question since April, when plans surfaced to explore development options for the site.
  2. Florida is experiencing an unprecedented die-off of manatees this year, with 959 documented deaths as of mid-October.
  3. This July 29, 2020, file photo shows a view of a pump jack operating in an oil field in Midland, Texas. A U.N.-backed study has found that the world needs to cut by more than half its production of coal, oil and gas in the coming decade to maintain a chance of keeping global warming from reaching dangerous levels. The report published Wednesday by the U.N. Environment Program noted that many governments have made ambitious pledges to curb greenhouse gas emissions. But it found they are still planning to extract double the amount of fossil fuels in 2030 than what would be consistent with the goal of keeping global temperature rise below 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit.
  4. Since the 1970s, visitors have come to see the manatees that gather in the winter at Tampa Electric's Big Bend Power Station. The viewing center, which closed last season because of COVID-19, will reopen Nov. 1.
  5. In this March 28, 2018, file photo, a North Atlantic right whale feeds on the surface of Cape Cod bay off the coast of Plymouth, Mass. The population of North Atlantic right whales has dipped to the lowest level in two decades, according to the North Atlantic Right Whale Consortium.
  6. A Breen Aquatics worker uses a shoreline workboat with an 8-foot-long snorkel to vacuum up water and algae at the Pahokee Marina in Pahokee on May 3. (Greg Lovett/The Palm Beach Post via AP)
  7. Tampa Electric Co. won approval Thursday to increase its base rates over the next three years to pay for its transition to cleaner energy.
  8. The proposed development of SunWest Harbourtowne resort in northwest Pasco County, on what has been a working lime rock mine, could be advancing after owners reached a settlement agreement of their court fight over control of company that owns the land.  TIMES [2005]
  9. A necropsy will be conducted by the Sunken Gardens veterinarian team to determine how Mac the snapping turtle died.
  10. In this April 2, 2020, file photo, a manatee comes up for air is it swims in the Stranahan River, in Fort Lauderdale. Manatees are starving to death by the hundreds along Florida's east coast because algae blooms and contaminants are killing the sea grass the beloved sea mammals eat, a wildlife official told a Florida House committee on Tuesday.
  11. In this June 10, 2020 file photo, cattle occupy a feedlot in Columbus, Neb. Frustrated with persistently low prices, ranchers and others in the beef industry are moving to reverse decades of consolidation and planning to open new slaughterhouses. The plants will be smaller than those owned by the four beef company giants that now slaughter over 80 percent of the nation's cattle. That has led to some skepticism about whether the new plants will succeed.
  12. “I never thought I’d be up and picking up trash at 7 a.m. on a Thursday morning,” joked volunteer Melissa Hewett, 24, of Largo, as she worked at Clearwater's Eddie C. Moore Complex on Thursday. “It is crazy how much garbage is out here. Especially right in front of a garbage can.”
  13. A man fishes Monday off the rocky shore along the Clearwater Harbor from Sand Key Park in Clearwater.
  14. This aerial photo shows beachgoers as workers in protective suits continue to clean the contaminated beach in Huntington Beach, Calif., on Monday.
  15. Fresh stone crab claws are for sale at Frenchy's Stone Crab Co. in Palm Harbor. Crab season runs Oct. 15-May 1, two weeks shorter than in past years, and the state has upped the claw size minimum to combat overfishing.
  16. The "House on Fire" ruins is part of Bears Ears National Monument, a protected area that was shrunk under President Donald Trump and now restored by President Biden.
  17. Goliath grouper hover around an artificial reef off Jupiter during spawning in September 2012. A proposal to lift a 31-year ban on killing goliath grouper was approved Wednesday by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
  18. Ralph Heath in 2005 with a brown pelican, one of 56 that went to Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary after being displaced when Hurricane Dennis swept through the Florida Panhandle.
  19. Ted Bowman, design engineer with Tsunami Products, installs a unit in homeowner Don Johnson's backyard in Benicia, Calif. The air-to-water systems work like air conditioners by using coils to chill air, then collect water drops in a basin.
  20. Cargo vessels anchor offshore Tuesday, sharing space with oil platforms, before heading into the Los Angeles-Long Beach port, A ship’s anchor may have hooked, dragged and torn an underwater pipeline Friday off Huntington Beach, spilling tens of thousands of gallons of crude oil into the ocean.
  21. Goran K Hansson, permanent secretary of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, center, announces the winners of the 2021 Nobel Prize in Chemistry on Wednesday in Stockholm, Sweden. Hansson is flanked at left by Professor Pernilla Wittung-Stafhede and at right by Professor Peter Somfai.
  22. An aerial drone photo of Sand Key looking north towards Indian Rocks Beach taken on Sept. 2.
  23. This undated still image taken from video and provided by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology shows an ivory-billed woodpecker. Last week, the U.S. government declared the ivory-billed woodpecker, which once thrived in Florida, extinct — though some still hope it has survived and evaded human detection. (Cornell Lab of Ornithology via AP)
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