NPR: 50 Years Ago, Sugar Industry Quietly Paid Scientists To Point Blame At Fat

NPR: Written by Camila Domonoske. September 13, 2016.

In the 1960s, the sugar industry funded research that downplayed the risks of sugar and highlighted the hazards of fat, according to a newly published article in JAMA Internal Medicine.

The article draws on internal documents to show that an industry group called the Sugar Research Foundation wanted to "refute" concerns about sugar's possible role in heart disease.

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MIAMI HERALD: Florida has so far failed to fix the Everglades, feds say in legal fight over water

Miami Herald: Written by Jenny Staletovich. January 18, 2019.

Florida should not be able to pull out of a landmark legal settlement ensuring clean water reaches the Everglades before work is done and in the midst of the state’s ongoing algae crises, attorneys said this week.

In filings opposing a move by the South Florida Water Management District in November to end federal oversight of Everglades work, the U.S. Department of Justice, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the Miccosukee Tribe and environmental groups claimed the settlement may be the one thing that has kept southern marshes free of the pollution that has ravaged other parts of the state.

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TAMPA BAY TIMES: DeSantis demand for all water board members' resignations is the first one by a Florida governor

Tampa Bay Times: Written by Craig Pittman. January 17, 2019.

Gov. Ron DeSantis’ call last week for eight board members of the South Florida Water Management to resign marks the first time a governor has attempted to make such a sweeping change to one of the state’s five water agencies, say longtime state water experts.

“I thank you for your service ... but it is time for a clean reset on the leadership of the board,” DeSantis wrote in a letter to the board members he wanted gone.

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WMFE: A POTENTIAL WATER SHORTAGE, MONTHS AFTER MASSIVE LAKE OKEECHOBEE RELEASES TRIGGER TOXIC ALGAE

WMFE: Written by Amy Green. January 17, 2019.

Florida water managers are bracing for a potential water shortage months after massive releases from Lake Okeechobee triggered widespread toxic algae.The South Florida Water Management District says forecasts had called for a wet dry season, but instead rainfall is down by as much as 45 percent.Pete Kwiatkowski says the district is monitoring water levels, and if the conditions continue restrictions could be implemented like limits on lawn irrigation.

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TC PALM: SFWMD effort to end mandated Everglades pollution limits in consent decree subject of motions

TC Palm: Written by Tyler Treadway. January 17, 2019.

Several environmental groups are opposing the South Florida Water Management District's effort to end a federal court's oversight of Everglades restoration projects.

The district and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection "have yet to fulfill the promises they made" to clean water entering Everglades National Park, according to a motion filed late Wednesday by the Sierra Club, the Defenders of Wildlife, the National Parks Conservation Association and the Florida Audubon Society.

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GAINESVILLE SUN: Editorial: Environmental action elevated by DeSantis

 

Gainesville Sun: Written by the Daytona Beach News Journal. January 15, 2019.

On the campaign trail, Gov. Ron DeSantis said many of the right things about Florida’s environmental challenges — particularly the threats from toxic algae blooms and red tide creeping up Florida’s coastline. He promised water would be his top priority once he got into office.

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PANAMA CITY NEWS HERALD: Southwest Florida red tide episode kills record number of sea turtles

Panama City News Herald: Written by Carlos Munoz. January 16, 2019.

SARASOTA — A Florida red tide outbreak close to 16 months old has killed more sea turtles than any previous single red tide event on record, and manatee deaths are not far behind.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission attributed 589 sea turtles and 213 manatee deaths to this episode of red tide, which began in late 2017. It had killed 127 bottlenose dolphins as of Dec. 20, leading the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to declare an unusual mortality event.

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BLOOMBERG: Miami Will Be Underwater Soon. Its Drinking Water Could Go First

Bloomberg: Written by Christopher Flavelle. August 29, 2018. 

One morning in June, Douglas Yoder climbed into a white government SUV on the edge of Miami and headed northwest, away from the glittering coastline and into the maze of water infrastructure that makes this city possible. He drove past drainage canals that sever backyards and industrial lots, ancient water-treatment plants peeking out from behind run-down bungalows, and immense rectangular pools tracing the outlines of limestone quarries. Finally, he reached a locked gate at the edge of the Everglades. Once through, he pointed out the row of 15 wells that make up the Northwest Wellfield, Miami-Dade County’s clean water source of last resort.

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SUN SENTINEL: Two water district board members agree to governor's request to resign

Sun Sentinel: Written by David Fleshler. January 14, 2019.

Two members of the board that manages South Florida’s water resources have resigned, giving Gov. Ron DeSantis a quick victory in his campaign to prevent another summer of gooey algae on the region’s coasts.

The governor last Thursday asked for the resignations of the entire nine-member board of the South Florida Water Management District, as part of the most dramatic first week in power for any Florida governor in recent memory: he pardoned the Groveland Four, appointed the first Cuban-American woman to the Supreme Court and ousted Broward Sheriff Scott Israel.

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TRCP: How Fishing Guides Accelerated Everglades Restoration Efforts

TRCP: Written by Alycia Downs. December 14th, 2018.

As fishing guides, charter captains, and other small business owners share their stories, decision-makers get inspired to make conservation happen in South Florida

From the top of a poling platform in the Florida Keys, a fishing guide scans the flats for a slender outline or a silver flash, whispering instructions to an angler at the bow. “There’s one at ten o’clock. Drop it right in front him. Strip… faster, now…” The more precise the directions, the greater the chance of hooking into the targeted fish. Patience and perseverance are critical, especially when almost every element is outside of your control.

In a moment of such pure concentration, politics should be the furthest thing from the mind of a guide. The unfortunate reality, however, is that our unique experiences on the water—not to mention the livelihoods of countless outdoor recreation business owners in south Florida—are directly affected by decisions made every day in Tallahassee and Washington, D.C.

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