FCC News Brief - November 23, 2017

Chris Hand writes for The Florida Times Union – “Iconic green spaces that define the urban landscape are some of the most recognizable features in American cities. New York has Central Park… San Francisco has Golden Gate Park… Savannah has Forsyth Park. As Jacksonville looks to build momentum for Downtown revitalization, we must complement the bricks and mortar of new housing and commercial development with city center parks that enhance economic activity and quality of life. According to a recent study, our city has a long way to go in park development. In May, the Trust for Public Land gave Jacksonville a low park quality ranking – No. 90 of the 100 most populated cities… As Times-Union staff writer David Bauerlein reported, ‘Jacksonville falls short of the mark when it comes to accessibility – not enough parks are within convenient walking distance of where residents live.” Read Maximize park space in Downtown Jacksonville

The Daytona Beach News Journal Editorial Board writes – “John Miklos is the Energizer Bunny of the St. Johns River Water Management District: He keeps going and going and going as chairman, marching to a continuous beat of conflicts of interest. Last week the district’s governing board re-elected Miklos to his fifth one-year term as chairman, which puts him on track to have the longest tenure as chair since the district was created in 1973. Yet, board members treated it as a pro forma task – there was no discussion about extending Miklos, nobody else was nominated, and the vote was unanimous.” Read Water district’s chairman for life

Eric Staats reports for the Naples Daily News – “An endangered Florida panther that has been captured and relocated this summer was found dead on a Hendry County road… The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reported the death, the 22nd reported panther roadkill in 2017… The young panther likely still was looking for a territory of its own…” Read Florida panther found dead in Hendry County was 22nd killed on road this year

Jim Turner reports for the News Service of Florida – “One of the state’s most-powerful business groups is gearing up to fight a proposal at the Florida Constitution Revision Commission that the group argues would lead to increased litigation about environmental issues. Associated Industries of Florida announced… it has hired attorneys from the Gunster law firm to battle a proposal filed by Constitution Revision Commission member Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch that would give Floridians more legal standing when environmental problems occur.” Read Business group takes aim at environmental proposal

Hayley Rutger reports for Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium – “High schoolers found tiny bits of plastic in southwest Florida waters and fish – local evidence of a worldwide environmental challenge – during Mote Marine Laboratory’s teaching lab with partners…” Read High Schoolers Find Hidden Plastic in Southwest Florida Waters, Fish

Tobias Buck reports for Financial Times – “The latest round of international climate talks drew to a close on Friday, amid relief that the effort to combat global warming remains broadly on track despite the US administration’s decision to pull out of the landmark 2015 Paris climate agreement. Delegates said the meeting in Bonn had made progress on several important technical issues left unresolved in the Paris deal, such as how to measure and compare the individual contributions made by states around the world to limit carbon dioxide emissions… The gathering… was also intended to bolster a $100bn fund aimed at helping poorer countries threatened by climate change to adapt – and to push ahead with a separate financial mechanism to help cover the economic damage caused by extreme climate events. In this area, however, campaigners voiced disappointment with the lack of specific commitments from wealthy countries, warning that vulnerable nations in the Pacific and elsewhere were being left alone.” Read Climate change talks proceed despite fears over Trump

Toly Rinberg and Andrew Bergman report for The New York Times – “The Trump administration is making it harder to find government information about climate change on the web… If you search [“climate change”] today, a link to the E.P.A. site may not appear until the second or third search results page, and sometimes not even then, depending on your browser settings… If you click that link, you’ll be redirected to a notice page that says, ‘We are currently updating our website to reflect E.P.A.’s priorities under the leadership’ of President Trump and Scott Pruitt… That page, in turn, contains a link to an archived version of the E.P.A.’s website. Well, you might think, at least the old site has been preserved. But the archive is far from complete.  A significant number of pages and PDFs are not available… Some of these pages and PDFs can no longer be found anywhere within the government’s web presence.” Read Censoring Climate Change

Deborah Netburn reports for the Los Angeles Times – “[R]esearchers at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in San Diego launched a new initiative to improve the ability of plants to suck carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and store it deep in the soil… Of course, for their suberin-rich plants to have an impact on the global carbon cycle, they will have to be deployed on an enormous scale. In the longer term, the group envisions partnering with governments around the world to distribute seeds to farmers.” Read Scientists aim to fight climate change with super plants

 

 

 

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Petitions

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Upcoming Environmental Events    

November 27, 9:00 am – Attend the Pasco County Delegation meeting at the Wesley Chapel Center for the Arts (30651 Wells Rd.) in Wesley Chapel. Tell your Delegation that you want the LARGEST SHARE of Amendment One funds, approximately $300 million this upcoming session, to be dedicated annually to land conservation programs. For more information, contact floridaconservationcoalition@gmail.com.

November 29, 9:00 am – Attend the Indian River County Delegation meeting at 1801 27th St in Vero Beach. Tell your Delegation that you want the LARGEST SHARE of Amendment One funds, approximately $300 million this upcoming session, to be dedicated annually to land conservation programs. For more information, contact floridaconservationcoalition@gmail.com.

November 29, 9:00 am – Attend the Alachua County Delegation meeting at the Santa Fe College NW Campus Fine Arts Hall (3000 NW 83rd St) in Gainesville. Tell your Delegation that you want the LARGEST SHARE of Amendment One funds, approximately $300 million this upcoming session, to be dedicated annually to land conservation programs. For more information, contact floridaconservationcoalition@gmail.com.

November 30, 5:30 pm Attend the Bay County Delegation meeting at the Bay County Board of County Commissioners’ Chambers (840 W 11th St.) in Panama City. Tell your Delegation that you want the LARGEST SHARE of Amendment One funds, approximately $300 million this upcoming session, to be dedicated annually to land conservation programs. For more information, contact floridaconservationcoalition@gmail.com.

December 1, 8:30 am – Attend the Palm Beach County Delegation meeting at the Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center of Palm Beach State College (1977 SW College Drive) in Belle Glade. Tell your Delegation that you want the LARGEST SHARE of Amendment One funds, approximately $300 million this upcoming session, to be dedicated annually to land conservation programs. For more information, contact floridaconservationcoalition@gmail.com.

December 1, 9:30 am – Attend the Sh.O.R.E Symposium (“Sharing Our Research with Everyone”) in New Smyrna Beach. Hear from leading IRL professionals and student researchers. The keynote address will be given by bestselling author and marine biologist, Dr. Wallace J Nichols. For more information and to register, click here.

December 7-8 – Attend the Annual Florida Remediation Conference in Orlando. The Conference includes two days of technical sessions on soil and groundwater cleanup, over 90 exhibitors, and a charity golf event. For more information, click here.

December 11, 5:30 pm – Attend the Escambia County Delegation meeting at the Pensacola State college Jean and Paul Performance Studio (1000 College Coulevard) in Pensacola. Tell your Delegation that you want the LARGEST SHARE of Amendment One funds, approximately $300 million next year, to be dedicated annually to land conservation programs. For more information, contact floridaconservationcoalition@gmail.com.

December 13, 12:45 pm – Attend the next Villages Environmental Discussions Group meeting at the Belvedere Library Community Room (325 Belvedere Blvd.) in the Villages. Speakers include Sam Wartinbee who will discuss Villages Water-Related issues and Ranger Craig Littauer who will discuss opportunities at Silver Springs State Park. For more information and to RSVP, email resourcewisdom@gmail.com.

 

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