Charlie Crist

Crist running for Congress; Jolly calls him huckster

Charlie Crist is running for Congress; the former Republican governor of Florida announced Tuesday morning in St. Petersburg he will run in the Pinellas County district that is likely to be redrawn to include Clearwater and St. Pete. But the current office holder, David Jolly, is calling Crist a huckster and a fraud. Crist emphasized the environment, education… Read more »

Karl Nurse.

St. Pete plans to upgrade sewer infrastructure

In a newspaper column Wednesday, St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Krisemen wrote he is recommending to City Council using money from the BP disaster settlement on storm resiliency and sustainability. That’s after the city dumped fifteen million gallons of partially-treated sewage into a stormwater pond connected to Clam Bayou during a massive rain event two months ago…. 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 »

Aaron Carmella

Tampa labor activist opposes Trans-Pacific Partnership

Monday the United States reached agreement with eleven partner countries concluding negotiations of the Trans-Pacific Partnership; there’s organized opposition to the TPP from environmental and labor activists, including a field director for the Central Labor Council – Aaron Carmella, who was a guest on WMNF’s MidPoint Monday. We talked about why labor opposes this trade… 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 »

East Hillsborough residents say pesticides from nearby farms are making them sick

Today on Midpoint, we talk with a group of women from the Dover and Thonotosassa area in Hillsborough county, who claim pesticides sprayed over nearby farms have been making them and their families sick. Over the last few years Joanna Magrath, Mary Zentkovich and Cynthia Ballard and their families have been experience respiratory issues,nausea,  headaches, chronic… Read more »

Jennifer Rubiello

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 »

Jeffrey Vinik: WMNF News

Jeffrey Vinik says planned Tampa development will withstand sea-level rise

Tampa Bay Lighting general manager Jeffrey Vinik says his planned massive development in Tampa’s Channel District will be secure against the threats of sea-level rise. Vinik spoke to the Tampa Tiger Bay Club political gathering this afternoon. Afterward, WMNF News asked Vinik if he is concerned about sea-level rise and global warming since his development is… Read more »

power plant / Seán Kinane/WMNF News

Could rising atmospheric CO2 affect Florida sinkhole formation?

As humans continue to burn fossil fuels and cut down forests, levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere have skyrocketed far beyond historic levels; the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration began measuring carbon dioxide levels more than 400 parts per million for the first time in 2013. Atmospheric CO2, along with other greenhouse gasses, is causing… Read more »

CO2

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 »

Kriseman Cuba

Kriseman told Cuba its consulate should be in St. Pete

St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman has returned from what he called a “very worthwhile trip” to Cuba. During a press conference at City Hall Tuesday afternoon, Kriseman said he was blown away by the beauty and the arts in Havana. The St. Petersburg delegation met for two hours with the deputy director for American affairs… 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 »

Tampa Council delays decision on stormwater fee hikes

Despite more than 30 residents speaking out during a public hearing that lasted into the afternoon, Tampa City Council made no decisions Thursday on proposed increases in stormwater fees. Like the majority of the citizens who spoke, resident Larry Patterson opposes the rate increases – at least the way they are proposed. There are two… Read more »