Environment

Senate panel approves Florida Forever funding and fracking ban

Marking the fifth anniversary of Florida’s constitutional amendment to buy and preserve environmentally sensitive land, a Senate committee voted Monday to allocate $100 million...

Florida’s leaders love our environment, but they love money more

Florida’s leaders must hate Florida.Oh, they claim to love the place, rhapsodizing on the beauty of our springs, our lakes, our rivers, our forests,...

Florida faces ‘environmental collapse’; Sierra Club demands action

The Sierra Club of Florida says dysfunction at the state government level is steering the Sunshine State toward environmental and economic collapse.Environmental groups will...

Turtle-poaching cases marked secret; What’s going on?

Arrest records of two Fort Myers men charged last week with poaching thousands of Florida turtles mostly for sale in Asian markets are marked...
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Gov. DeSantis wants to boost state regulations to improve water quality

Gov. Ron DeSantis is pushing for tighter regulation of water resources and agriculture runoff to improve water quality across Florida.He plans to ask lawmakers...

No more denying on climate change, says a GOP chair in state Senate

Just a few years ago, some GOP colleagues “emotionally shut down” when confronted with climate-change science and the urgency of addressing it, Republican State...
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Hemp hype? Some observers fear the state is setting up small farmers for failure

Hemp — the hip, new superstar of the agriculture world — is getting a lot of buzz within farming and political circles in Florida...

Environmentalists mostly welcome Florida’s plan to spend VW settlement money on cleaner buses

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced this week that it will use most of the $166 million it received in Volkswagen settlement...

The word from the Panhandle: ‘We don’t have time’ for delay with hurricane recovery

Time is running out for hurricane victims in Northwest Florida, a group of state and local leaders warned Thursday, citing continuing suffering since Category...
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Watered-down plan advances to filter algae from Lake Okeechobee overflow

Plans to build a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee – which environmentalists say won’t be large enough to filter toxic algae that can flow...

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