Environment

FL’s first chief science officer talks about the job — and the controversy

Last week, I had coffee with a scientist named Tom Frazer. I was trying to nudge him to say some things about his former...

Florida advocate picked to oversee U.S. parks and wildlife pledges commitment to conservation

Florida’s Shannon Estenoz, tapped by President Joe Biden to oversee management of U.S. wildlife and parks, on Wednesday repeated the administration’s promises to increase...

Migratory bird protections to be permanently restored by Biden administration

The Interior Department plans to officially revoke a Trump-era rule that loosened enforcement of a longstanding law to protect migratory birds, the department said...
The Everglades

Biden’s ‘30 by 30’ conservation plan urges collaboration with private landowners

The Biden administration plans to broadly define conservation and encourage private landowners to adopt sustainable practices to meet a goal of protecting 30 percent...

Big Sugar burns fields, bends DeSantis and FL Legislature to do its bidding

When my kids were younger and in Boy Scouts, I enjoyed going camping with them around the state. We’d splash in the springs, paddle...

No details yet on Biden conservation plan, but D.C. Republicans slam it as a...

Republicans on the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee have previewed their objections to the Biden administration’s still-unreleased plan to conserve 30 percent of U.S....

New funding to curb wildfires pushed in Congress, as another fire season looms

WASHINGTON — As wildfires across the United States grow in size, intensity and duration each summer,  members of Congress from the West are pushing...

Environmental-protection and home-rule groups call on FL governor to stand up for locals

A bevy of bills blocking local efforts to convert to clean energy, protect water quality and protect farm land passed this week in the...
Florida Capitol

Massive 2021-22 state budget for FL approved: Pitfalls for some struggling families but major...

With the COVID-19 pandemic upending people's lives, many Florida families are struggling to make ends meet — hoping for financial relief to cope with...

Preempted again: Key West clean-water referenda may sink under cruise-ship legislation sent to governor

Clean-water referenda approved by Key West voters in November will be overturned under cruise-ship-friendly legislation approved in the Florida House and Senate and sent...

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