How Did Penis Size Become More Important Than Climate Change In The Presidential Race?

Robert Hunziker is not happy. He wakes up at night in a cold sweat. Robert Hunziker is a freelance writer and environmental journalist who insists that the next Presidential election will be the most important in our lifetime. We are living dangerous times he says. The ice caps are melting. Global warming is real and… Read more »

Indoor Energy Conservation on the Sustainable Living program

On Monday’s (2/29) Sustainable Living program we talked about indoor energy conservation. Our guest was a Building Research Analyst with the Florida Solar Energy Center, Janet MacIlvaine. She and her colleagues in the Buildings Research Division study ways to reduce energy use in buildings and provide technical assistance to the construction industry. We started talking… Read more »

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Fracking bill stalled in Florida Senate committee

A bill to study and regulate fracking in Florida is stalled and may be dead; the Senate Appropriations Committee voted down (10-9) the fracking bill Thursday after overwhelming public opposition. But the committee also moved to reconsider it later. One key Republican who voted against the fracking bill is Pinellas County’s Jack Latvala. He accused the… Read more »

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Florida Senate committee votes on fracking Thursday

Last month the state House passed a bill that would study and regulate fracking in Florida; the Senate version will get its final committee vote Thursday. At a press conference in Temple Terrace City Hall Wednesday morning, Michelle Allen, the Florida organizer with Food and Water Watch, called the bill a smokescreen. The City of Temple… Read more »

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Pinellas transit authority checks out electric bus option

Pinellas County’s transit authority is thinking about purchasing some electric buses to replace diesel vehicles as they reach the end of their useful lives. PSTA is bringing in electric bus companies to demonstrate the advantages of the zero-emission vehicles. Listen to the full story here: In the Pinellas County Gateway area Tuesday morning John Andrews, the… Read more »

Year in Review: Stories that had us talking in 2015

As the year 2015 comes to an end this week, we take time to review some of the top stories that had us talking this year. Gay marriage was legalized by the Supreme Court in June and COP 21 was signed in December. However, unfortunately in 2015 there was an increase in gun violence, police… Read more »

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Florida solar backers seek ballot despite signatures dispute

The leaders of a solar power ballot initiative are vowing to charge ahead with trying to get on Florida’s 2016 ballot, despite a financial dispute with a company hired to recruit signature gatherers. In a conference call with reporters Friday afternoon, Stephen Smith, a board member of Floridians for Solar Choice, said about 212,000 signed forms are… Read more »

Women Discuss Climate Change Through The Lens Of Their Lives

There has been a lot of talk about the recent COP 21 agreement in Paris, where almost 200 countries came together and agreed to cut emissions and the global temperature to under 2  degrees Celsius. We thought it would be great idea for us to speak with Dipti Bhatnagar , climate justice and energy coordinator… Read more »

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National Geographic devotes full issue to climate change

Climate change could be the most important challenge of the 21st Century; our guests on MidPoint contributed to the current issue of National Geographic magazine that’s all about the climate. It comes out weeks before major international climate talks in Paris. Our first guest, Dennis Dimick, is the executive editor for the environment for National Geographic magazine. We also went slightly… Read more »

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Hillsborough Schools testing buses fueled by propane

The Hillsborough County public school district is updating an aging school bus fleet by purchasing new vehicles; and part of that push is testing buses that run on an alternative fuel: propane. Recently WMNF News spoke about this with School Board Member April Griffin. “We’re going to be looking at multiple manufacturers of buses. We’re also looking… Read more »

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Two competing solar amendments could be on Florida’s 2016 ballot

Update on 22 October 2015: Today the Florida Supreme Court approved the ballot summary for the Floridians for Solar Choice proposed amendment. According to AP, “the group still needs about 500,000 of the 683,149 voter signatures to make the ballot. The deadline to collect them is Feb. 1.” There might be two solar power amendments… Read more »

Old CSX freight lines could become new commuter rail system for Tampa Bay

By Rob Lorei Today on Radioactivity, we are joined by David Schlissel, a director of the Cleveland-based Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, about Lakeland Electric’s 364-megawatt coal-burning generator, McIntosh Unit 3, which is jointly owned with Orlando Utilities Commission. The IEEFA recently conducted a study that found that the financial and environmental costs… Read more »

Sea-level rise causing Pinellas to look at infrastructure

A University of Miami geologist is calling the problem of sea-level rise irreversible because 93 percent of excess heat from global warming is in the oceans; at St. Petersburg College in Seminole Friday, Harold Wanless warned that barrier islands, like those lining the coast of Pinellas County, may start to be abandoned in as soon… Read more »

From a Woman’s Point of View Discusses Shell’s withdrawal from Arctic 10/1

Sometimes the people win…….. Who would have thought that all the kayakers, activists rappelling from the bridge and the thousands of other protesting Shell and its efforts to drill in the arctic would have proved successful?  SHELL WITHDREW!  …too much trouble and not enough profit.  Though I think lack of profitability might have been the… Read more »

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Should fracking be banned in Florida?

On MidPoint we looked at hydraulic fracturing in Florida and citizens’ efforts to stop it; joining us on the phone from southwest Florida was Dr. Karen Dwyer, co-founder of the Stonecrab Alliance, an environmental advocacy group. Our in-studio guest was Jennifer Rubiello, state director of Environment Florida. Tuesday in Naples the Board of Collier County Commissioners is meeting and one… Read more »

Everything You Wanted to Know About Owning an Electric Car

By Rob Lorei Today on Radioactivity we listen to the latest edition of Florida This Week, a political talk show moderated by Radioactivity host Rob Lorei. This Episode’s panel ( Tampa Tribune Columnist Joe Brown, ABC action news Reporter Brendan McLaughlin, Political Consultant April Schiff, Democratic strategist Barry Edwards) tackles the biggest stories in Florida politics,… Read more »

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Florida scientists warn about ocean acidification

There are at least three major ways that skyrocketing levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere are affecting the oceans and species, like humans, that depend on them; you probably already know about soaring temperatures and about rising seas, but scientists discussed the third – ocean acidification – at a roundtable panel Wednesday in Sarasota. Higher concentrations… Read more »

Sierra Club Tampa Bay Area Issues

Today on the Sustainable Living Program we spent the hour with a couple of guests from the Tampa Bay Chapter of the Sierra Club. We had Tampa Bay’s Executive Group Chairperson, Kent Bailey, and Jim Hibernian, a Sierra Club staff member that’s working on their Beyond Coal Campaign. Sierra is getting ready for the St… Read more »

Home Solar Versus Utilities on the Sustainable Living Show

On today’s Sustainable Living program we talked with three guests about renewable energy (RE) home power systems, ways to save electricity and other issues related to living on less fossil fuel. Our guests were the senior editor for Home Power Magazine, Ian Woofenden; Jim Parrish, a technical support specialist for MidNite Solar, maker of products… Read more »