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Earth Day Photography Event at Lubee Bat Conservancy

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Earth Day Photography Event at Lubee Bat Conservancy April 25th, 2015 

Please join us for our third Fruit Bat Photography Day on Saturday April 25, 2015 at Lubee Bat Conservancy!  This fun event is in celebration of Earth Day.  Guests will have the opportunity to step into our bat enclosures and create art or take photos [...]

Florida Society for Ethical Ecotourism 2015 Annual Membership Meeting

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Save the date and Join FL SEE in Gainesville!

Florida Society for Ethical Ecotourism

will host the

2015 Annual Membership Meeting

Friday, June 26th – Sunday June 28th, 2015

GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA

Join us for networking, speakers, certification workshop, excursions in the Gainesville area.
Details are being confirmed and registration will begin by May 1

Looking forward to meeting you there!

North Dakota curbs wasteful flares of oil drilling gas

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Seen from space at night, the thinly populated state of North Dakota could be mistaken for a major metropolis. But the bright lights aren’t the glow of streets and homes. They are flames from billions of litres of natural gas being burned, a by-product of the booming oil industry. Now, under pressure from regulators, technologies [...]

Senate Votes To Help States Sell Off Public Lands

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The new chair of the powerful Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee secured a vote Thursday afternoon in the U.S. Senate on a controversial proposal to sell off America’s national forests and other public lands.
U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski’s R-AK amendment to Congress’s budget resolution passed by a vote of 51-49. The legislation would support and [...]

Scientists Call On Smithsonian And Other Museums To Reject Fossil Fuel Funding

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A group of prominent scientists is lobbying science museums in the United States to stop accepting funding from fossil fuel interests.
“As members of the scientific community we devote our lives to understanding the world, and sharing this understanding with the public,” wrote the group of 39 scientists in an open letter to all museums of [...]

Fred Grimm: From Florida Forever to Florida hardly at all

Want to know the difference between the governor and Amendment One? Rick Scott received 1,365,515 fewer votes.
The Water and Land Conservation Initiative was the biggest vote getter on the November ballot, approved by 74.9 percent of the voters.
Most of the 4,230,858 who voted “yes” assumed — wrongly as it turned out — that they were [...]

France Says New Roofs Must Be Covered In Plants Or Solar Panels

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The sky’s the limit under France’s new green rooftop law.
According to a new French law approved on Thursday, rooftops on new buildings in commercial zones across France must either be partially covered in plants or solar panels.
Green roofs, which cover rooftop space with a layer of grasses, shrubs, flowers, and other forms of flora, offer [...]

Surprise Finding Heightens Concern Over Tiny Bits Of Plastic Polluting Our Oceans

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Scientists are looking for — and finding — little bits of plastic in a lot of places lately: ice cores, deep sea sediments, coral reefs, crab gills, the digestive system of mussels, even German beer. Now, new research suggests they need not actually be searching for the man-made material to discover it.
“We never thought of [...]

Neil DeGrasse Tyson: Stop Electing Climate Deniers To Office

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Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson had choice words for the state of Florida Monday, saying he was “astonished” by Gov. Rick Scott’s administration’s alleged ban on using the words “climate change.”
Speaking as part of a lecture series in Sarasota, Florida and at a press conference before it, the renowned scientist and science communicator said that he [...]

Europe’s electricity grid sails through solar eclipse

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The sun went out, but the lights stayed on. Last week’s partial solar eclipse in Europe provided an ideal stress test for the world’s most solar-powered country, Germany, and so for the future of solar power itself. It passed.
Because solar power output varies with the intensity of sunshine, grid operators must use other power sources [...]

A $600-Million Fracking Company Just Sued This Tiny Ohio Town For Its Water

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A tiny town in eastern Ohio is being sued by an Oklahoma-based oil and gas company that bought more than 180 million gallons of water from the town last year. That water use, combined with a dry fall, prompted the village to temporarily shut off water to Gulfport Energy. Now, a second company has a [...]

Popular Weed-Killer Is Probably Carcinogenic, WHO Says

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One of the world’s most popular weed-killers — and the most widely used kind in the U.S. — has been labeled a probable carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer.
The decision was made by IARC, the France-based cancer research arm of the World Health Organization, which considered the status of five insect and [...]

Amazing Cloudscapes…

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She’s Looked at Clouds from All Sides Now
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Exercising the brain is a hot topic these days, and Amazing Cloudscapes  provides approximately 200 opportunities for doing so in the form of pictures of cloud formations that resemble people or faces. Some faces and forms are very obvious, others subtle, which is which depending on [...]

Canada Could Go 100 Percent Renewable By 2035 If Its Government Gets Serious About Climate Change

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Canada can be a world leader in emissions reductions and renewable energy use, but only if its federal government decides to take climate change seriously, according to a new report.
The report, published Wednesday by 70 Canadian academics, looked at Canada’s potential to shift its electricity production to renewable sources and cut its emissions. It found [...]

Obama Administration Reveals New Federal Rules on Fracking

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On Friday, the Obama administration put forth the first major federal standards regulating hydraulic fracturing—the oil and gas extraction technique commonly referred to as fracking. The regulations will, among other things, require companies working on public lands to reveal which chemicals they used in their drilling processes. But as the New York Times notes, the [...]

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