McClatchey: Sea level rise is accelerating in Florida, scientists warn

“Federal gauges stationed around the state’s coast document the slowly rising water. After decades of almost imperceptible increases, the sea began rising faster about 30 years ago, said William Sweet, an oceanographer with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration … Click here to read more

Nathaniel Reed’s new book – ‘Travels on the Green Highway: An Environmentalist’s Journey’

From Senator Bob Graham, on Jupiter Islander Nathaniel Reed’s new book, Travels on the Green Highway: “It is impossible to overstate the contribution Nathaniel Reed has made to transforming the culture of Florida. When he arrived more than six decades ago, Florida was continuing a long-held belief that Florida, its land, water, wildlife, other natural resources with few exceptions, were commodities to be used and disposed of at the will of … Click here to read more

ABC: Claims to make a fortune off medical marijuana stocks in Florida

“This advertisement popped up on the Yahoo website in hopes of getting you to look into ‘the Green Gold Rush.’ The three sentences point out, ‘If you’ve never invested, now’s the time to start….This is the last legal way for the little guy to grow rich … Click here to read more

32 Unbelievable Things that Happened in Florida in 2016

[Read at your own risk…] From Buzzfeed: “Presented without commentary, here are 32 things that actually happened in Florida this year. All of the following are real, actual headlines … Click here to read more

Will Florida have enough water by 2070?

From The Miami Herald: “During the next half century, urban sprawl across Florida could double the water consumption of cities and suburbs, according to a new study released Tuesday. … Click here to read more

WSJ: Florida sinkhole heightens concerns about fertilizer industry

“Fertilizer giant Mosaic Co. is paying tens of millions of dollars to patch a central Florida sinkhole and monitor for hazardous runoff, an incident that has heightened environmental concerns involving an industry critical to the U.S. food supply. The 240-foot-deep hole opened beneath a pile of mining waste at Mosaic’s plant in Mulberry … Click here to read more

UPI: Florida scientists report return of tropical bedbugs, first time in 60 years

“There’s more reason for Floridians to check their sofas and mattresses: Tropical bedbugs have been confirmed in the state for the first time in at least 60 years, scientists report … Click here to read more

UPI: Budget vote that includes Zika funding fails in US Senate

“U.S. senators, returning from a seven-week break, failed to approve a spending bill that includes $1.1 billion to pay for a federal response to the Zika virus. With a 52-46 vote, the proposal fell short of the 60 votes necessary… The bill has failed three times in the Senate because it cuts Planned Parenthood funding, which is opposed by Democrats. Florida has documented 56 locally transmitted cases of Zika infection. … Click here to read more

Leaders from across the political spectrum: Vote ‘No in November’

A broad and diverse coalition of leaders have presented a united front opposing a utility-backed proposal appearing on November’s ballot as Amendment 1. Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians, Greens, free market advocates, solar industry reps and non-partisan advocacy groups have joined together to launch a citizen-led “Vote No On 1” campaign explaining that “Amendment 1 Blocks the Sun.” … Click here to read more

Old will soon outnumber young in Florida

From BuilderOnline: “At the end of the year, it’s likely that both Maine and Florida will have more elderly residents than children, ‘a ratio that’s unprecedented in U.S. history but one that’s coming soon to several more states,’ … Click here to read more

Florida gets ‘F’ in new school funding report

From Jacksonville.com: “Florida ranked 42nd for education funding per student and 49th for the number of teachers per 100 students in public schools. The state also shows the second steepest decline … Click here to read more