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  • Environment Florida
    stop the use of bee killing pesticides How can I help save the bees Through Environment Florida thousands of citizen members are teaming up with a professional staff to stand up for the places we love and the environmental values we share Join us in taking action for Florida s environment Global Warming Solutions No Bees No Food Solar For All Updates Bringing solar energy to the Sunshine State It just makes sense Florida with more than 300 sunny days every year should be well on its way to becoming a national leader in solar power But recently our state leaders let a popular solar incentive program run dry The Legislature finally restored some funding to the program last year backed by Environment Florida and a host of solar power advocates PREV NEXT Blog Post This Earth Day climate action takes a big step forward Katie Hammer April 22 is a big day for climate action This Earth Day marks the historical event when more than 150 countries will come together to sign the first ever legally binding global climate deal The Paris Climate Agreement Keep Reading Blog Post Great Barrier Reef scientist And then we wept Katie Hammer Professor Hughes recalls his reaction to finding that 93 percent of the Great Barrier Reef s coral is bleached And then we wept Keep Reading News Release Environment Florida St Petersburg City Council moves to draft an ordinance banning fracking Keep Reading News Release Environment Florida Jacksonville among nation s solar leaders but status at risk Jacksonville has more solar panels than most major American cities ranking 16th among dozens of metropolitan areas analyzed in a new report but advocates warn the city s progress could change if the local utility moves forward with slashing net metering Jacksonville s ranking the

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  • Contact | Environment Florida
    join other Floridians on urgent actions updates on the decisions that impact our environment resources to help you create a cleaner greener future Connect with us Like Us Follow Us Contact About Us Issues Clean Water for America Solar For All Global Warming Solutions NO BEES NO FOOD 100 Renewable Energy News Action Jobs Donate Contact Your name Your e mail address Subject Message Home page By submitting this form

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  • About Environment Florida | Environment Florida
    and more Defending our environment requires independent research tough minded advocacy and spirited grassroots action That s the idea behind Environment Florida Together with thousands of supporters from all walks of life we take the kind of action that wins tangible results for our environment FIND OUT MORE Annual Report Newsletters Staff Issues News Reports What we do Funded by supporters like you we research the challenges confronting our environment and educate the public about what s at stake Through our research reports news conferences interviews with reporters op ed pieces letters to the editor and more we raise awareness of environmental issues and promote sensible solutions Our canvassers meet people where they are in public places or at their homes raising awareness recruiting new supporters and activists and raising funds to support our work When decisions are being made about our environment elected officials hear plenty from the oil companies huge agricultural operations developers and other powerful interests We make the case for our environment and help make your voice heard through petitions emails letters phone calls and more all delivered to the right people just when it matters most Become a member Join thousands of your friends and neighbors in protecting our air water and open spaces by becoming a member of Environment Florida today Click here to go to the web site of Environment Florida Research Policy Center our sister 501 c 3 organization SIGN UP Help protect the places we love the values we share Optional Member Code In our emails sent once or twice a week you ll receive alerts on new threats to Florida s environment opportunities to join other Floridians on urgent actions updates on the decisions that impact our environment resources to help you create a cleaner greener future Putting your support

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  • All Issues | Environment Florida
    clean renewable local energy Yet some utilities and other special interests want to throw new obstacles in the way Our Solar for All campaign is working to knock those barriers out of the way Read more about Solar for All Program Protect Florida s Waters Polluting industries have put our waters in jeopardy by carving loopholes in the Clean Water Act leaving 15 000 miles of Florida s streams open to pollution Join our call to restore the law s protection to all of our waters Read more about Protect Florida s Waters Program No Bees No Food Millions of bees are dying off with alarming consequences for our environment and our food supply We rely on bees to pollinate everything from almonds to strawberries to the hay used to feed dairy cows What happens if the bees disappear It s simple No bees no food Let s give bees a chance Read more about No Bees No Food Program It s time to reveal America s next top polluter Who is America s next top polluter It s not who you might think Research shows that today one of the biggest threats to our water is how big corporations are running and ruining many of America s farms Read more about It s time to reveal America s next top polluter Program Go Solar While more of us are trying to go solar dirty energy companies keep putting up new roadblocks We re urging our leaders to go big on solar and leave dirty energy behind Read more about Go Solar Program Global Warming Solutions President Obama has a plan that s been called the strongest action ever taken by an American president to tackle global warming Our new leaders in Congress have vowed to do everything in their

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  • Protect Florida's Waters | Environment Florida
    more than 40 years ago After spending millions of dollars on lobbyists and lawyers they ve carved loopholes in the law that leave more than half of America s streams open to pollution That s nearly 2 million miles of our streams at risk threatening the drinking water of 117 million Americans They also put at risk 20 million acres of wetlands an area the size of South Carolina and home to millions of birds and fish As a result of these loopholes hundreds of polluters are escaping any penalties In fact in a single 18 month period these loopholes undermined 500 EPA water pollution cases So together with our national federation Environment Florida took our case to the Obama administration urging the EPA to restore Clean Water Act protection to all of our waters We helped mobilize more than 700 000 Americans including 438 mayors and other local officials to join our call to action In April the EPA agreed to act proposing a new rule that would close the loopholes so the agency can enforce the law and stop the polluters We celebrated However now four big polluting industries are lobbying furiously to stop us Legal warfare Among our adversaries on this issue are big oil and gas companies which have thousands of miles of pipelines running through wetlands They re threatened legal warfare against the plan to restore protections to these wetlands Our opponents also include coal companies which are dumping the wastes from their mining into mountain streams They don t want these streams protected by the Clean Water Act They include powerful developers who want to pave over wetlands without restrictions A Michigan developer named Rapanos filed the court case that created the loopholes in the first place And they include huge factory farms which each year generate millions of pounds of animal manure that contaminates our rivers and streams These big agribusinesses unleashed a smear campaign designed to scare ordinary farmers into believing the EPA was out to grab their land and even regulate puddles It s completely untrue and it would be laughably ridiculous if it weren t so effective We choose clean water Will the U S Senate Still on Sept 9 despite the ongoing threats to our water the U S House voted to stop the EPA from closing the clean water loopholes with lawmakers repeating the polluters talking points 10 Now the polluters are pushing for a vote in the U S Senate to keep the EPA from ever being able to close these loopholes It s this simple If enough senators choose clean water we ll win If too many side with the polluters we could lose That s why we need your help right now Tell your senators to choose clean water Clean Water Updates News Release Environment Florida After bipartisan defeat last week Florida senator abandons pro fracking bill Fracking the controversial drilling technique that uses chemicals to break up rock and stimulate the flow of oil

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  • Solar for All | Environment Florida
    new solar incentives and promote new community solar programs And we re mobilizing people to counter the utilities and other special interests who want to make solar more expensive and harder to install We re fighting attacks And we re winning In just the past year we ve turned back attacks on solar in Arizona Colorado and New Mexico and won new commitments to solar in Austin and Houston Athens and Atlanta and New York State and California among other places Over the last 10 years we ve helped establish dozens of pro solar programs including the biggest California s Million Solar Roofs Initiative What can you do We want you to join us by showing your support for solar You can send an email to your local officials write a letter to your local newspaper attend one of our solar forums or join us at a news conference or other special event Whatever you can do the time for action is now Solar is at a tipping point If we keep winning more pro solar policies we ll see millions more Americans go solar in the next decade putting us on a path to a 100 renewable future If we let utilities and other special interests get in the way that future will remain out of reach as solar sputters and stalls Together we can achieve Solar for All We can do this Together we can bring more solar power to our homes our communities our churches and schools our workplaces and our lives and leave a cleaner healthier world for kids growing up today and future generations Solar For All Updates News Release Environment Florida St Petersburg City Council moves to draft an ordinance banning fracking Keep Reading News Release Environment Florida Jacksonville among nation s solar leaders

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  • Global Warming Solutions | Environment Florida
    ever 14 As the new chair of the Senate s key environment committee Sen Inhofe has pledged to use every lever of his power to block President Obama s climate agenda 15 What can and must we do to see that the Clean Power Plan is approved and put into place First in Congress we must persuade enough representatives and senators to stand with President Obama s plan over Sen Inhofe and his allies attempts to block it If necessary we must win enough votes to sustain a presidential veto 16 Second outside of Washington we must persuade both Republican and Democratic governors who support clean energy to stand behind the Clean Power Plan and thereby signal to Congress and the courts that blocking this plan will be politically unpopular Third we must keep showing all of these officials that local leaders and the public are with us and willing to speak out on this issue because we know when the public leads our leaders will eventually follow Protect our children s future That s what happened when we helped mobilize public opinion and support for the president s Clean Cars Program the big initiative that s driving Detroit to make cars that get better gas mileage and that will ultimately prevent more than 6 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide pollution by 2025 more than the entire country emitted in 2010 17 As Gov Inslee pointed out global warming is the challenge of our generation Protecting our children s future requires us to stop dumping carbon into our atmosphere and there s no better place to start than with America s 1 global warming polluters Please join us in taking action to limit power plant carbon pollution today SOURCES 1 Years of Living Dangerously Showtime http yearsoflivingdangerously com story the governor 2 2014 Headed Toward Hottest Year on Record Here s Why That s Remarkable Think Progress http thinkprogress org climate 2014 12 03 3598698 2014 hottest year on record 3 Warming Seas Drive Rapid Acceleration of Melting Antarctic Ice National Geographic http news nationalgeographic com news 2014 12 141204 antarctic ice melt sea level climate environment science 4 Sea Level Rise and Global Warming Union of Concerned Scientists http www ucsusa org global warming science and impacts impacts infographic sea level rise global warming html VIjPLtbMg92 Ocean acidity is rising in step with rising CO2 emissions according to a Columbia study Reporting Climate Science http www reportingclimatescience com news stories article new global maps detail human caused ocean acidification html In a Warming World Storms May be Fewer but Stronger NASA Earth Observatory http earthobservatory nasa gov Features ClimateStorms src twitter src share National Climate Assessment http nca2014 globalchange gov 5 Fact Sheet Clean Power Plan Benefits EPA http www2 epa gov carbon pollution standards fact sheet clean power plan benefits 6 President Said to be Planning to Use Executive Authority on Carbon Rule The New York Times http www nytimes com 2014 05 29 us politics obama

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  • No Bees, No Food | Environment Florida
    the chemicals work their way into the pollen and nectar of the plants which of course is bad news for bees and other pollinators Worse for the bees and for us neonics are about 6 000 times more toxic to bees than DDT Just one example After a nearby farm planted corn seeds coated with neonics in 2013 a farmer named Dave Schuit lost 37 million of his bees Once the corn started to get planted our bees died by the millions said Schuit Image Waugsberg Wikimedia Creative Commons We re up against big agrichemical companies Given the consequences for our farms and our food you d think we d be doing all we can to protect bees and other pollinators from threats like neonics Instead big agrichemical companies like Dow Chemical Bayer and Syngenta are fighting to prevent bans And Syngenta has asked federal regulators for permission to use even larger quantities of these pesticides as much as 400 times more than currently allowed Some governments aren t letting the big chemical companies push them around Alarmed by the role these chemicals are playing in bee colony collapse disorder the European Union has banned several of them the U S Fish and Wildlife Service has committed to phasing them out on the public lands they manage and Seattle Minnesota and Oregon have all agreed to take some form of action against neonics Some companies are taking action as well Home Depot and BJ s Wholesale Club have taken steps to limit plants treated with neonics label the plants or both More than 100 businesses sent a letter to the White House urging the Obama administration to do more to protect bees and other pollinators against toxic pesticides And we ll continue to urge other retailers to phase out neonics and do more to warn gardeners and other customers In order to restore bee populations to health however we need the EPA to step up and lead Image Justin Leonard Flickr User Creative Commons Together we can give bees a chance Right now we re letting big agrichemical companies use more of the chemicals that are known to kill bees just as we re in the midst of an unsustainable die off in bee populations That has to change Now Join us in calling on the EPA to declare a nationwide moratorium on the use of bee killing neonics Original Image Flickr User August Kelmn Creative Commons Issue updates News Release Environment Florida Environment Florida Endorses Gwen Graham for Congress TALLAHASSEE Fla Environment Florida a statewide environmental organization announced today the endorsement of Gwen Graham for Congress in Florida s 2nd district Keep Reading Report Environment Florida Research Policy Center America s Biggest Mercury Polluters Power plants continue to release large amounts of toxic pollutants including mercury into our air In 2010 two thirds of all airborne mercury pollution in the United States came from the smokestacks of coal fired power plants In other words power plants generate more airborne

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