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The Importance of the Florida Everglades When Battling Climate Change 

Jan 31, 2022 No Comments by

by Monica Starr  An Ecology Florida Feature January 2022 A recent Everglades Coalition Conference outlined the problems in South Florida related to climate change. There are some important facts to highlight  from this conference including the fact that sea levels will rise more quickly in Florida than other coastal areas. Similarly, as a state we […]

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Percy vs. Goliath – A Film “Roundup”

Dec 29, 2021 Comments Off on Percy vs. Goliath – A Film “Roundup” by

by Jamale Stanley “Percy Vs Goliath” is based on the events that unfolded between farmer Percy Schmeiser and the multi-billion-dollar agrochemical company, Monsanto. (Monsanto has been dissolved since being acquired by Bayer in 2018 and folded into the crop science division). The catalyst to this confrontation was the patented canola plants that grew in Schmeiser’s […]

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Have Yourself An Environmentally Friendly Holiday Season

Dec 14, 2021 No Comments by

by Monica Starr December 2021  As the holiday season quickly approaches, we find ourselves looking for unique and thoughtful gifts for our loved ones. During this time of the year, it is important to remember what the holiday season is truly about and the fact that our actions continue to impact our environment. Giving gifts […]

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Leaf Blowers: More Harm Than Good & Five Reasons to Let Them Go

Nov 25, 2021 No Comments by

by Dell deChant Lately there has been a spate of articles in big-time publications about gas-powered leaf blowers and their harm to the environment.  The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, The New Haven Register, Audubon Magazine, and Yale Climate Connections all have recently weighed in on the topic.  Of course, leaf […]

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What Can Winter the Dolphin Teach Us About Our Impact?

Nov 23, 2021 No Comments by

by Monica Starr November 2021 Last week, our beloved dolphin friend, Winter died at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. The story of this magical creature was inspiring to many people all over the world. After losing her tail because of a crab trap line, Winter was rehabbed at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. With help from the […]

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Build Back Better: What Does it Mean for Clean Energy?

Nov 16, 2021 No Comments by

The Build Back Better Plan: What Does that Mean for the Future of Clean Energy? November 2021 by Monica Starr Monica Starr is an intern with Ecology Florida, serving as the Public Communications Facilitator for Ecology Florida News. Monica is a graduate student at the University of South Florida studying Global Sustainability. A few weeks ago, […]

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Red Tide Rises Again: The 2021 Story

Aug 03, 2021 No Comments by

by Monica Starr An Ecology Florida Feature If you are a Florida resident, you have heard about the harmful algae blooms taking over the gulf beaches this summer. These blooms of algae consist of small marine microorganisms known as Karenia brevis [1]. Most recently, these dangerous organisms have flourished in the Tampa Bay area, creating […]

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Brevard County Oak Tree Removal: A Controversial Plan

Jul 16, 2021 2 Comments by

by Monica Starr On Thursday night, Brevard County officials explained their upcoming plans to remove roughly 30 oak trees on Rockledge Drive. Starting as early as August 18th, this removal process will began and it comes with reimbursements to the residents to plant new trees on this scenic road if they would like. These reimbursements […]

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Manatee Deaths Soar in Florida

Jun 29, 2021 No Comments by

by Monica Starr The state of Florida has described the high number of manatee deaths an “unusual mortality event.” These herbivorous marine mammals can often be found in the central and south Atlantic coast of Florida. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission or the FWC has reported nearly 650 manatee deaths from January 2021 […]

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Florida Energy Milestone

Jun 25, 2021 No Comments by

by Monica Starr Transitions to cleaner energy sources are the future of corporations everywhere. Indiantown Florida is a village in Martin County, located just north of West Palm Beach. Last week, the Florida Power and Light plant in Indiantown demolished the last coal chimney in the entire state. The chimney stood nearly 500 feet tall […]

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