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Going green

  1. Just what Florida needs — a new cockroach

    Wildlife

    A scientist named Marc C. Minno was organizing some files in his office last month when something odd fell out of a folder. He peered down at the floor and saw it was a small cockroach, maybe half an inch long.

    This is the pale bordered field cockroach that Marc Minno found in his office in Live Oak. It's fairly new to Florida. [Marc C. Minno]
  2. Pasco County's new park to open for Fourth of July

    Environment

    ARIPEKA — SunWest Park in northwest Pasco County will open to the public at noon Saturday for a Fourth of July preview.

    Employee Trisha Roe tries the Wibit Aqua Park, which is like a floating obstacle course, during a media preview of SunWest Park in Aripeka Wednesday. [BRENDAN FITTERER  |  Times]
  3. A look at the wild animals who live on human turf in Florida's most densely populated county (w/video)

    Wildlife

    As an amateur photographer, I like taking pictures of wild animals in nature: alligators in the swamp, eagles on the treetops. But about a year ago, I decided to do the opposite. I picked up my camera and started hunting for wild animals in areas we consider human turf.

    A trash bin acts as a feeding station, attracting vultures to this East Lake shopping center.
  4. Florida to receive $3.25B from gulf states' Deepwater Horizon settlement with BP

    Business

    Five years after oil from the Deepwater Horizon disaster tainted the Panhandle's sugar-white beaches, petroleum giant BP agreed Thursday to an $18.7 billion settlement with Florida, four other gulf states and the federal government.

    Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi announced today a multi billion dollar agreement with BP on the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.  Florida stands to receive morn that $3.2 billion. The announcement was made at the Port of Tampa Cruise Terminal #2 on Thursday morning 7/2/15 [SKIP O'ROURKE | Times]
  5. Ducks in a road

    Wildlife

    ST. PETERSBURG — Mike Price, who rehabilitates neighborhood wildlife with the help of his 14-year-old daughter, Tessa Dawson-Price, nursed mother ducks back to health recently, saving their hatchlings after several of them near Lake Pasadena started dying mysteriously.

    Tessa Dawson-Price, 14, and her dad, Mike Price, carry a dozen young ducks and their mother one block from their home to Lake Pasadena in St. Petersburg. Price, who rehabilitates neighborhood wildlife with the help of his daughter, has been nursing mother ducks back to health and saving their hatchlings after several of them started dying mysteriously. He raised them in his yard and released them back into the lake Wednesday. “It’s really nice to see all the kids at the lake smile at the ducks and feed them,” Dawson-Price said.
  6. Scott vetoes money for controversial water-farming projects

    Water

    Florida legislators, some of whom got helicopter rides and hefty donations to their political action committees, approved millions of taxpayer dollars for a water-farming project that critics compared to corporate welfare.

    In water farming, ranchers are paid to hold back excess rainwater from filling up Lake Okeechobee. When the lake gets too full, the excess is dumped into estuaries on each side of the state, causing algae blooms and fish kills that hurt the economy.
  7. Bondi joins other states in lawsuit over protecting wetlands

    Wetlands

    Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi joined seven other states' top lawyers Tuesday in a suit challenging new federal rules designed to better protect the nation's wetlands.

    Florida is home to more wetlands, such as the Big Cypress National Preserve shown here, than any other state except Alaska. Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is suing to challenge new federal rules designed to better protect wetlands. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times (2008)] 
  8. Scientists say sandy clumps on Sunset Beach contained BP oil from 2010 spill

    Environment

    Five years after the Deepwater Horizon disaster off the coast of Louisiana dumped between 3 million and 5 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, scientists now say they have proof that a little bit of it wound up on a Pinellas County beach.

  9. Health officials alert swimmers to high levels of bacteria at beach in Hudson

    Water

    HUDSON

    Bacteria levels high at Strickland Beach

  10. Uh-oh: One of the world's worst invasive species just showed up in Florida

    Wildlife

    The New Guinea flatworm is kind of a pest. In fact, it's considered one of the world's most invasive species. When it shows up uninvited to a region where it lacks natural predators, it makes itself at home — at the cost of native species forced to compete with it. And now, the flatworm has made its way to …

    The highly invasive New Guinea flatworm, known to devour snails, has been spotted in Florida. [Pierre Gros | The Washington Post]