TC Palm: Written by Eve Samples. October 4th, 2018. We're a month away from choosing a new governor in Florida. While we've seen lots of breathless prognosticating about a possible "blue wave" or "red wave" in the impending midterms, some far more tangible forces are affecting Florida politics in these final weeks of election season: Red tide and blue-green algae.Florida's environment is now enduring a full-peninsula assault. And voters are sick about it, literally.Let's review the conditions: The year-old red tide bloom off Southwest Florida has killed upwards of 400 sea turtles, 67 manatees (with 105 more deaths suspected), and washed ashore so many millions of pounds of dead fish that Lee County's landfill has been used to burn the carcasses. Continue reading "A month before election, Florida voters are sick about the environment — literally"read moreSun Sentinel: Written by Sun Sentinel Editorial Board. October 5, 2018. Saving the Everglades from sea-level rise means much more to South Florida than just protecting panthers, alligators and the bald eagle. Without the Everglades as a source of drinking water and a buffer to hurricanes, the people living in South Florida are the ones who risk becoming an endangered species. The Everglades guards our western flank during hurricanes, absorbing drenching rains and rising waters. And long after storm season passes, its fresh water replenishes the underground supplies we tap to drink. But if a rising sea creeps up from the south and swallows parts of the Everglades, the storm surge we face on the Atlantic Coast after hurricanes could appear from the west, too. Continue reading "To protect South Florida, pick up pace of Everglades protection"read more
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