FCC News Brief - November 1, 2017

Janine Zeitlin reports for News Press – “There’s a place where dirty water flows into people’s homes. Some drink it. Others wouldn’t dare. To those, the water is unfit to even cook with or brush their teeth. But they must use it to wash their cloths, their dishes, their kids. The people of Charleston Park are getting sick: stomach cramps, diarrhea, nausea, rashes. Cancer is a worry. They blame the water. It’s been that way for decades and little is being done about it… There’s no place (in Charleston Park) to buy clean water… Many people in Charleston Park don’t own cars so a mother, Raven Adams, is stuck paying an acquaintance 20 bucks for a ride miles up the road to buy 48 bottles of water at a convenience store. In that single trip she paid about the same as the typical $28.94 monthly water bill in Lee County… Millions of homes across the nation and more than 50,000 in Lee County rely on private wells that are not covered by regulations to protect drinking water systems… And in the United States, clean drinking water is not a legal right.” Read Something in the Water: Too poor for clean running water?

David Bauerlein reports for The Florida Times Union – “St. Johns Riverkeeper Lisa Rinaman… said a long list of projects would benefit the St. Johns River, with the most critical being removal of the Rodman dam to restore the flow of the Ocklawaha River into the St. Johns. Other possibilities for enhancing the St. Johns River including purchasing conservation land along Black Creek…, and acquiring more preservation land in the Timucuan Preserve, Rinaman said. ‘Ideally, we’d like to see Florida Forever restored to its original funding of $300 million a year because the list is so long just in the St. Johns River watershed, not to mention throughout Florida,’ Rinaman said. She said the $55 million proposed by Scott for the state’s springs will help the St. Johns River because it is a spring-fed river.” Read Scott proposes record environmental budget, but nothing yet for St. Johns River

Ron Littlepage writes for The Florida Times Union – “Money is now available to start work on the McCoys Creek leg of the necklace, both on the greenway and improving the creek, which has the potential to become our version of the much envied San Antonio River Walk. Launches for kayaks, canoes and paddle boards are being built. Work will begin on improving and extending the Southbank Riverwalk… Improvements are in the works for many of our waterfront parks, including one of our jewels, the Betz Tiger Point Preserve. This is the time for big dreams for our waterways.” Read The St. Johns River is preparing for its close-up

Aaron Little reports for the Santa Rosa Press Gazette – “Santa Rosa County Commissioner Bob Cole wants the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to take more action in keeping bears away from people. The Board of County Commissioners Thursday moved to send a strongly worded letter to the FWC insisting on more effective solutions… Last October, the board passed a BearWise Safety Ordinance to help prevent human-bear conflicts, saying all county residents in unincorporated areas south and west of Eglin Air Force Base must keep their garbage secure from bears and other wildlife, either through the use of a bear-resistant can or by storing garbage in an enclosed area until 6 a.m. of the day of collection. The ordinance was a means for the county to apply for state funding for bear-resistant trash cans.” Read Santa Rosa commissioner demands Fish and Wildlife’s help with bears

Anne Delaney reports for the Pensacola News Journal – “More than 200 Gulf Breeze residents want easier boat access to Santa Rosa Sound, and to get it they’re proposing transplanting the seagrass near their Santa Rosa Shores neighborhood. Several area environmentalists, though, object to the project because of the threat posed to the valuable seagrass by moving it from one location to another… ‘[Seagrass protects] the water, they remove pollutants from it and provide a habitat for virtually all fish in the Sound,’ Dunham said. ‘The big game fish that is so valuable recreationally or commercially in the Gulf, that is the nursery for them.’ Pate said the neighborhood boaters in no way want to jeopardize the ecology system in the channels… ‘Right now, the boats running in and out are harming the seagrass…,’ said Pate… Dunham and other environmentalists… say [transplantation] has never been done successfully in this part of the state… Pensacola environmental scientist Bill Young [said,] ‘There are a lot of things environmentally that reduce the chance of success. Look at the history of water quality in the area and look at what’s going on today, and grasses are just not coming back.’” Read Better boat access at odds with environmentalists

Hilary Clarke and Sarah Chiplin report for CNN – “Concentrations of carbon dioxide surged at a record breaking speed in 2016… [L]evels of the heat-trapping gas CO2 in the atmosphere are the highest in 800,000 years. ‘The abrupt changes in the atmosphere witnessed in the past 70 years are without precedent,’ WMO said in a statement… ‘Without rapid cuts in CO2 and other greenhouse gas emissions, we will be heading for dangerous temperature increases by the end of this century, well above the target set by the Paris climate change agreement,’ said WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas… The last time the Earth experienced a comparable concentration of CO2 was 3-5 million years ago, the temperature was 2-3 degrees Celsius warmer and sea level was 10-20 meters higher than now…” Read CO2 levels in atmosphere hit record high in 2016

Damian Carrington reports for The Guardian – “The health of hundreds of millions of people around the world is already being damaged by climate change, a major report has revealed. Heatwaves are affecting many more vulnerable people and global warming is boosting the transmission of deadly diseases such as dengue fever, the world’s most rapidly spreading disease. Air pollution from fossil fuel burning is also causing millions of early deaths each year, while damage to crops from extreme weather threatens hunger for millions of children. The findings… came from researchers at 26 institutions around the world, including many universities, the World Health Organization, World Bank and the UN’s World Meteorological Organization (WMO)… The report also found that hotter and more humid weather was increasingly creating conditions in which it is impossible to work outside. In 2016, this caused work equivalent to almost a million people to be lost, half in India alone.” Read Climate change already bringing disease, air pollution and heatwaves

Joe McCarthy reports for Global Citizen – “A new paper in the journal Nature Energy describes how transparent solar panels could be placed over all windows and transparent surfaces in the U.S. to generate energy and decrease reliance on fossil fuels… ‘Highly transparent solar cells represent the wave of the future for new solar applications,’ said Richard Lunt, lead author of the report at Michigan State University… ‘We analyzed their potential and show that by harvesting only invisible light, these devices can provide a similar electricity-generation potential as rooftop solar while providing additional functionality to enhance the efficiency of buildings, automobiles and mobile electronics.’ Lunt’s team… created a plastic technology called a transparent luminescent solar concentrator. You simply place the plastic over a glass surface – a house or car window or even a cellphone screen – and it begins to convert sunlight into electricity. The plastic doesn’t obscure visibility because it’s harvesting invisible wavelengths from the sun… The technology is currently far less efficient than traditional solar panels… and it isn’t market-ready, but Lunt and his team believe the technology will become just as efficient and ubiquitous as normal panels in the years ahead.” Read Solar Windows Could Meet Nearly All of America’s Electricity Demand

 

 

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Upcoming Environmental Events    

November 1, 10:00 am – Attend the Monroe County Delegation meeting at the Marathon City Hall Council Chambers (9805 Overseas Hwy) in Marathon. 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 1, 1:00 pm – Attend the Duval County Delegation meeting on the 1st Floor of Jacksonville City Hall (117 W Duval St.) in Jacksonville. 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 1, 1:30 pm – Attend the Pinellas County Delegation meeting at the Tarpon Springs Campus of St. Petersburg College (600 E Klosterman Rd) in Tarpon Springs. 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 3, 9:00 am – Attend the Volusia County Delegation meeting at the Ormand Beach City Hall Chamber (22 South Beach St.) in Ormand. 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 3, 9:30 am – Attend the Hillsborough County Delegation meeting at the Florida Strawberry Festival Grounds Grimes Family Agricultural Center (2508 W. Oak Ave) in Plant 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.

November 3, 3:00 pm – Attend the Citrus County Delegation meeting at the Citrus County Courthouse (110 North Apopka Ave.) in Inverness. 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 4, 11:00 am – Attend Clean Energy Fest at the UWF Historic Trust’s Museum Plaza (120 Church St) in Pensacola. This event celebrates a clean energy future through art, food, live music, and dynamic people showcasing solar, wind, and people-power for the 21st century. Children’s activities with hands-on play around the ideas of conservation and clean energy will take place all day long. For more information visit Clean Energy Fest 2017 on Facebook, email 350pensacola@gmail.com, or call (850) 687 – 9968.

November 8, 12:45 pm – Attend Bats and Bees – Important for Nature at the Belvedere Library Community Room (325 Belvedere Blvd.) in The Villages. Shari Blissett-Clark, of the Florida Bat Conservancy, will discuss the work of the conservancy to protect native bat populations in Florida. She will also bring a sample of a bat house that is available for purchase. Carmen Fraccica, of the Florida Bureau of Plant & Apiary Inspection, will discuss beekeeping in Florida. For more information and to RSVP, email resourcewisdom@gmail.com.

November 10, 9:00 am – Attend the Cedar Key Climate Change Conference. This conference presents an examination of the research of climate change and sea level rise as it affects Cedar Key and the Levy Coast. For more information and to register, click here.

November 16, 7:00 pm – Attend Rivers, Birds and Water Wars with Todd Engstrom at the King Life Science Building (319 Stadium Drive) in Tallahassee. For more information, click here.

November 20, 8:30 am – Attend the Highlands County Delegation meeting at the Highlands County Board of County Commissioners Chambers (600 S. Commerce Ave.) in Sebring. 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 20, 9:00 am – Attend the Walton County Delegation meeting at the Walton County Board of County Commissioners Chambers (76 North 6th Street) in DeFuniak. 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 20, 10:30 am – Attend the Holmes County Delegation meeting at the Holmes County Board of County Commissioners Chambers (107 E. Virginia Ave.) in Bonifay. 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 20, 11:45 am – Attend the Washington County Delegation meeting at the Washington County Board of County Commissioners Chambers (1331 South Blvd.) in Chipley. 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 20, 2:15 pm – Attend the Jackson County Delegation meeting at the Jackson County Board of County Commissioners Chambers (2864 Madison Street) in Marianna. 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 21, 5:00 pm – Attend the Liberty County Delegation meeting at the Liberty County Clerk-Circuit (10818 NW State Road 20) in Bristol. 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 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.

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.

 

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