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Do Developers Love Hurricanes?

State and local politicians have made it very easy to rebuild after hurricane damage so the same historic land development mistakes can be repeated after a storm has passed. Developers have had vast …

EarthTalk: Compostable Plastic?

In recent years there has been a global movement to pressure corporations into becoming more eco-friendly. One of the most frequent measures taken by these companies is limiting the use of single-use …

1000 Friends of Florida Legislative Alert

We could use your advocacy to help advance several good bills and stop a bad one scheduled for a hearing next week. Urge key legislators to advance good bills and stop a bad one.

Sale of Musgrave Property would be Beyond Short Sighted

Manatee County is currently looking to sell off 160 acres of former dairy farm land it purchased in 2020. Such a sale would not only be poor planning on the county’s part, but it would also …

Greenwashing & Phosphate Mining

Organizations willing to accept money from phosphate strip-mining companies ensure that such polluters are insulated from criticism by buying their silence on environmentally destructive practices.

EarthTalk: Solar Roadways?

In 2014 the concept of solar powered photovoltaic road panels that could collect sunlight and convert it into useable energy went viral when the Idaho-based company Solar Roadways heralded it as a …

EarthTalk: Direct Air Capture

The United Nations has emphasized limiting global temperature increase to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels to mitigate the severe impacts of climate change and ensure a habitable planet. Meeting …

Guest Op/Ed: Island Parking

During the COVID shut downs, I participated actively on the website NextDoor. I viewed it as a social setting where neighbors and friends could still gather. Many of us still meet online. We …

What Wetland Protections?

Developer and political powerbroker Carlos Beruff recently applied for a permit on his controversial Aqua by the Bay project, which sheds additional light on the intentions behind the …

Environmental Priorities 2024

Oil drilling has placed the Gulf of Mexico, an area of high environmental sensitivity and marine productivity, at risk. Presently, the region supports numerous species of wildlife, major commercial …

Going solar is becoming an increasingly appealing choice for homeowners looking for sustainable energy solutions. Solar shingles are an innovative and aesthetically pleasing alternative to …

Border Crisis Could be an Albatross for Dems in 2024

Democrats have undoubtedly benefited from broad opposition to Republican policies aimed at restricting women's reproductive freedoms in the post-Dobbs era. The party is openly counting on the …

EarthTalk: Food Dyes in Drinks?

Food dyes have been a controversial ingredient in sodas and various beverages for decades, due to concerns about their potential health risks. These dyes are synthetic color additives used to enhance …

Boat Ramp Parking or Dense Development?

Do you enjoy the waterfront amenities that Manatee County has to offer? Did you possibly even move here because of them? Do you enjoy the regatta boat races, festivals, and fishing tournaments hosted …

Braden River Fish Decline

There has been a significant decline in fish populations in the Braden River located in Manatee County, Florida. An immediate investigation of the causes of these declines is needed.   A …

EarthTalk: A "Green" Holiday Season

We all love the holiday season for its traditions and gift-giving, but environmental advocates worry about the extra waste we generate between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. Americans produce 25 …

The High Cost of Low Holiday Prices

’Tis the season for holiday sales. But on the other side of the planet, there’s a high cost for those low prices. This is especially true for “fast fashion,” the clothing …

Rethinking George Floyd and Derek Chauvin

A groundbreaking documentary featuring extensive body cam footage that Minneapolis officials previously withheld in the wake of George Floyd’s death in the summer of 2020 adds critical context …

You Sit on a Throne of Lies

That’s one of my favorite holiday movie quotes, and also what my colleague Dawn Kitterman said came to mind after reading her commissioner’s most recent newsletter. After giving it a …

EarthTalk: War and the Environment

No one questions the fact that war is horrible, and it is no less so for the environment. And recent major conflicts in Eastern Europe and the Middle East couldn’t come at a worse time …

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