Environmentalist Randall Arauz recounts his fight to ban shark fin harvesting

Randall Arauz is an environmental activist hailing from Costa Rica. He has been instrumental in his crusade to ban the shark fin harvesting industry around the world. In 2010 he was awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize for his contributions to protecting sharks and their habitats. On January 26 he gave a lecture via Skype to… Read more »

Florida This Week; New bill threatens to overrule local anti-fracking laws

By Rob Lorei On Today’s Radioactivity we replay the latest Florida This Week, a political discussion show on local PBS station WEDU, moderated by Radioactivity’s own Rob Lorei. In this Episode, Lorei convenes with a panel of experts on local and state politics to discuss the biggest current events in Florida: the  budget shortfall that… Read more »

Former Superintendent Arthur Shapiro outlines what works, and doesn’t work, in education

By Rob Lorei We start the show by looking at the environmental strain caused by Tampa’s most enduring tradition: The Gasparilla boat parade. Every Winter the famed floatilla goes from Ballast Point to Downtown Tampa tossing plastic party beads to landside spectators. Today we speak with Doran Cushing, Sea captain with The United States Coast Guard,… Read more »

Jennifer Rubiello

Fracking opponents will bring their protest to Florida legislators

This session the Florida Legislature is considering bills to regulate fracking. This week the Senate Environmental Protection and Conservation Committee advanced a bill that prohibits local governments from banning the controversial oil and natural gas drilling technique. Jennifer Rubiello is state director for Environment Florida, one of the groups organizing demonstrations against fracking. You can find… Read more »

Rick Tschantz on Morris Bridge Sink

Permit to pump Morris Bridge Sink won’t be challenged

Hillsborough County will not file a legal challenge to a permit to pump water from a sinkhole in sensitive wetlands near the Hillsborough River. That’s after meetings by the region’s water management district produced a compromise with the county’s Environmental Protection Commission (EPC) and environmentalists. On Tuesday County Commissioners went along with EPC staff recommendations to… Read more »

Les Miller

Hillsborough moves meeting about sinkhole: keeps option of legal challenge

The region’s water management district has rejected Hillsborough County’s request for more time to consider a plan to pump water from a sinkhole located in sensitive wetlands; and after several environmentalists spoke out against pumping water from Morris Bridge Sink during Wednesday’s county commission meeting, Commissioner Les Miller announced that the county would move the timing of… Read more »

Best Books from 2015 according to From a Woman’s POV

We had several authors chat with us on the show this year and Arlene has compiled a list of her favorites. They’re listed below in alphabetical order:     Cynthia Barnett, Rain: A Natural and Cultural History. Crown. Like the air we breathe and the earth we walk, rain is elemental. We accept it as… Read more »

Florida’s most beautiful state parks, according to outdoors reporter Terry Tomalin

By Rob Lorei Wednesday (12/30/15)  on Radioactivity we talked with Tampa Bay Times outdoors reporter Terry Tomlin about his recently published list of the top 11 state parks he’s like to visit in 2016. From untouched pine flatwoods to pristine barrier island beaches, Tomlin’s lists touches on the best places to fish, camp, and enjoy 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 »

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 »

fracking opponents

Hillsborough County attorney: fracking bills prohibit local control

On Thursday Hillsborough County commissioners heard a report on the controversial fossil fuel drilling technique called fracking; in their role as the county’s Environmental Protection Commission they were warned by county attorney Rick Morati about hydraulic fracturing and the state bills that could preempt local control. “We’re always concerned about preemption in bills.” During public comment former… Read more »

Hillsborough County Commission

Hillsborough County threatens legal action against SWFWMD if plan to pump Morris Bridge Sink moves forward

Hillsborough County Commissioners oppose a plan to pump water from a sinkhole near Thonotosassa as one source to restore flow to the Lower Hillsborough River; meeting as the county’s Environmental Protection Commission Thursday morning, commissioners unanimously voted to ask the region’s water management district for an extension to challenge the permit to pump. And if… Read more »

Holistic Resource Management – Allan Savory on Sustainable Living

On today’s Sustainable Living Program our guest was Allan Savory. For centuries we believed livestock were a major cause of desertification, but Savory’s research showed that the cause lay in how those livestock were managed. His solution involved mimicking the behavior of the formerly vast herds of wild grazing animals he had witnessed as a… Read more »

Mosaic $2 Billion Deal with EPA is Not Enough, Environmentalists Say

By Rob Lorei In October, phosphate mining giant Mosaic reached a $2 billion agreement with  the Environmental Protection Agency to settle a lawsuit regarding the mishandling of toxic material at 6 mines in Florida and two in Louisiana. But a local environmental group says the deal does not do enough. Joining us talk about the… Read more »

Environmentalists say Mosaic not doing enough to clean-up mining waste; Author Les Leopold talks about his new book on inequality

By Rob Lorei If you’ve been thorough rural areas of Hillsborough, Polk, Hardee, Manatee or Sarasota counties, you’ve probably noticed large mounds of earth  dotting the landscape; these are landfills for toxic waste from  phosphate and gypsum mining. Last Month, the EPA and the Mosaic corporation,which operates many of the mines, reached a $2 billion… Read more »

Ethical Fishing

On 11/9/15’s WMNF Sustainable Living Program the topic was Ethical Fishing in West Central Florida. Our guests were Libby Carnahan, an Extension Agent for our University of Florida IFAS Florida Sea Grant Extension Program; Emily Muehlstein, the Fisheries Outreach Specialist with the Gulf Fisheries Management Council; and David Rieumont, fisherman and publisher for the OnLine Fisherman. Our… 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 »

How schools should discipline problem students; Koch brothers’ image make-over

By Rob Lorei A video depicting a South Carolina school resource officer slamming a female student to the ground last week has triggered a national conversation on how educators should handled troubled students. Joining in the conversation with us today are Joe Rutherford and Roaya Tyson from Grace Point, a mental health clinic in Tampa… Read more »

fracking opponents

Florida House advances fracking bill

A state house subcommittee has advanced a bill to regulate fracking in Florida, despite overwhelming opposition during public testimony where 35 residents opposed the bill. The sponsor of HB 191, Ray Rodriguez of Ft. Myers, told the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Subcommittee his bill is different than the one the house passed last year… Read more »