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  • Paris Climate Talks: The Who, What, Where, and Why. | Environment Florida
    for fighting the climate crisis 1 Leading up to the negotiations the UN has produced a 34 page draft plan that spells out which parts of the pact will be legally binding and what is required to fulfil the pact With more than 190 countries expected to attend the draft is set to be finalized in Paris 2 3 Countries have already come forward with their commitments to combat global warming and curb their carbon emissions More than 140 countries have released their commitments to the United Nations These countries represent 87 percent of global carbon emissions that s a big deal 4 So you are probably wondering What is the U S doing Well a lot This summer we took the single biggest step in U S history to tackle global warming By putting the first ever national limits on carbon emissions from coal fired power plants the Clean Power Plan is part of a long term goal for a safe planet and is setting the pace on climate action leading up to the negotiations And that s not all leadership states are taking strong action too Governor Brown of California has made a commitment to reduce emissions in his state by 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050 Several cities across the U S are also taking strong action on climate and setting high climate standards at home as members of C40 a network of major cities around the world that are committed to fighting global warming 5 6 BUT and it s a big but we are not in the clear There is still time until the negotiations begin And big polluters with their allies in Congress are working hard to shut down the Clean Power Plan and build opposition to a strong agreement in Paris We

    Original URL path: http://environmentflorida.org/blogs/environment-america-blog/ame/paris-climate-talks-who-what-where-and-why (2016-05-01)
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  • Tampa Bay Residents Call on Sen. Rubio to Act on Climate | Environment Florida
    them said Kent Bailey Chair of the Tampa Bay Sierra Club The time to debate the science of climate disruption has past We march to demand a sustainable renewable energy economy now and for the sake of generations yet unborn Dressed in life vests and pool floaties to highlight regional threats from sea level rise Tampa Bay residents will join hands with communities not usually associated with climate change frontline communities labor unions immigrants students and faith communities to call on Senator Marco Rubio to be a climate leader not denier We know that low income communities are disproportionately affected by pollution failing infrastructure poor air quality and the repercussions of natural disasters said Nadaije Jajoute a worker with the Fight for 15 If we have a disaster like Katrina or Sandy here in Florida who do you think will be the most impacted Labor supports increased clean renewable energy which will reduce the pollution that is causing climate change It also presents a unique opportunity to grow jobs here in the U S designing manufacturing installing and maintaining the products and materials needed for energy efficiency and renewable energy generation said Aaron Carmella of the West Central Florida Federation of Labor We call on our leaders to develop a plan that relies on creating jobs in renewable energy and energy efficiency to ensure our families and communities are safe healthy and prepared for climate change states Aaron Carmella of the West Central Florida Federation of Labor To solve everything we need everyone and every solution from solar powered cars to zero energy homes to a massive increase in public transit said Jennifer Rubiello state director with Environment Florida We re calling on Senator Rubio to take immediate and responsive action to address climate change that includes limiting dirty carbon

    Original URL path: http://environmentflorida.org/news/fle/tampa-bay-residents-call-sen-rubio-act-climate (2016-05-01)
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  • New report ranks Florida #1 for boating | Environment Florida
    lakes are a big part of what makes Florida the perfect place for summer fun all year round There s nothing quite like boating in Tampa Bay or kayaking down the Hillsborough River to relax on a hot day said Jennifer Rubiello state director with Environment Florida According to the report boating and fishing are popular activities for visitors to Florida waterways with Florida ranking 1st for registered boats and in the top 5 states for registered fishers and summer camps with water activities out of 28 states surveyed Although it s no surprise that Florida ranks highly in fishing and boating our new index highlights the important role clean water plays in Floridian s lives and why we need to protect it Despite their popularity until recently nearly 1 3 of Florida s streams were not guaranteed protection under the nation s Clean Water Act thanks to a loophole in the law secured by developers and other polluters nearly a decade ago That changed on August 28th when the U S Environmental Protection Agency s Clean Water Rule took effect restoring protections to 15 000 miles of streams in Florida and millions across the country The move followed a decade of campaigning by Environment Florida and was backed by farmers small businesses such as Woody s Watersports local officials such as Mayor Sam Henderson of Gulfport and 800 000 public comments including over 30 000 from Floridians The water is how I choose to make a living said Captain Eric Weather owner of WeatherEco an educational boat charting business based out of St Petersburg We take folks from all over out to snorkel dive and explore our coastal waters People just can t get enough of all that Florida s waters have to offer and that s why it

    Original URL path: http://environmentflorida.org/news/fle/new-report-ranks-florida-1-boating (2016-05-01)
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  • Environment Florida
    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 News Release Environment Florida Big Milestones in the Fight to Keep Dirty Drilling Out of Florida TAMPA Fla The campaign to keep Big Cypress and the Everglades safe from drilling and acid fracking saw two important milestones Keep Reading News Release Environment Florida New Climate Science Report Warns of Increased Risk Need for Action TAMPA Fla The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change officially released its latest report on global warming yesterday The report adds to the ever growing body of evidence that action on to limit carbon pollution is urgently needed and without it risk to future generations will only continue to grow Keep Reading News Release Environment Florida EPA Proposes Biggest Step for Clean Water in a Decade TAMPA Fla Today in the biggest step forward for clean water in more than a decade the Environmental Protection Agency proposed a rule to close loopholes in the Clean Water Act that leave nearly 30 of Florida s streams and millions of acres of wetlands at risk of unchecked pollution and development Keep Reading Report Enviornment Florida Research Policy Center Moving America Forward Even in the absence of a comprehensive response from the U S Congress local and state governments and the Obama administration have taken leadership on global warming Keep Reading News Release Environment Florida Research Policy Center

    Original URL path: http://environmentflorida.org/home?page=9 (2016-05-01)
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  • Clean water not green water | Environment Florida
    in rare cases Along with warming temperatures attributed to climate change that exacerbate the problem algae blooms are often caused by the chemical process known as eutophication or the oversupply of nutrients The record breaking bloom of 2011 in Lake Erie was the impetus for a detailed report that includes strategies on how to keep it from happening again focusing on reducing nutrient pollution in the form of phosphorus into the lake A task force also found that Lake Erie received the most phosphorus of any of the Great Lakes nearly 50 percent of the total for all of the lakes with two thirds of that phosphorus from farm land The two reports also note that algal blooms were a massive problem in Lake Erie in the 60s and 70s but were curtailed by reducing and regulating phosphorous use That seemed to basically fix the problem with an occasional flair up into the 80s and early 90s only to reappear this decade worse than ever Toxic algae blooms are not an isolated problem to Ohio Whether its blue green algae in Lake Erie or the recent phenomenon of golden algae blooms in Texas algal blooms should be a concern for everyone that cares about clean water Along with concerns over drinking water contamination harmful algal blooms can also create dead zones that kill aquatic life raise treatment costs for drinking water and hurt businesses and jobs that depend on clean water It doesn t take a scientist to realize that algal blooms can be tough on fishing and tourism No one wants to swim fish or otherwise recreate in potentially toxic water that looks like pea soup or around a bunch of rotting fish carcasses Ultimately though the threat to clean drinking water is the primary concern and increased incidents

    Original URL path: http://environmentflorida.org/blogs/environment-america-blog/ame/clean-water-not-green-water (2016-05-01)
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  • Path to the Paris Climate Conference | Environment Florida
    already in place to reduce emissions from electricity discussed below will help states comply with the Clean Power Plan Economy wide caps on global warming pollution adopted by seven states reduce emissions from a wide range of sources California Connecticut Hawaii Massachusetts Maryland New Jersey and Rhode Island have adopted broad caps on emissions that when implemented fully will reduce pollution by 242 MMTCO2 in 2025 California s cap for example calls for cutting global warming pollution to 1990 levels by 2020 and to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030 The state will achieve these savings by improving the efficiency of vehicles increasing energy efficiency and boosting renewable energy generation among other measures More than 80 percent of the savings from the state caps come from California s actions both because the state is large and because it has pledged to make the deepest cuts in emissions State and federal policies will reduce wasteful energy use As a result of current policy commitments by 2025 new homes and businesses will use less energy and many existing buildings will have been renovated to cut energy use Appliances will provide the same functions as today while consuming less electricity and natural gas Less energy will be needed to provide lighting Federal appliance efficiency standards and state ratepayer funded programs to reduce energy waste in homes and businesses will reduce pollution by 235 MMTCO2 in 2025 compared to emissions without these programs Emissions from cars SUVs and light duty trucks which together represent the biggest source of pollution from transportation will be 10 percent lower in 2025 due to improved vehicle fuel economy and emission standards As a result of national and state policy a typical new car in 2025 will go nearly 17 miles farther on a gallon of gas than a typical new car in 2015 National adoption of the global warming pollution standards in the Clean Cars Program a policy originally developed by California and 13 other states means that passenger vehicles will produce 179 MMTCO2 less in 2025 than would otherwise have been the case More wind solar and other clean energy generation will reduce the nation s reliance on electricity from coal and natural gas Wind energy production tripled from 2008 to 2014 while solar generation grew by an average of 65 percent per year from 2010 to 2013 With the right policy support this growth in renewable energy will continue Twenty eight states and Washington D C currently have renewable energy requirements driving growth in wind and solar energy with many benefits and little to no cost to consumers These policies will reduce emissions by 57 MMTCO2 in 2025 The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative RGGI will produce nationally significant reductions in power plant emissions Nine Northeastern states have adopted a regional cap on emissions from power plants By requiring power plant operators to purchase pollution permits RGGI creates a financial incentive for electricity generators to cut pollution Funds from the sale of permits support investment in

    Original URL path: http://environmentflorida.org/reports/fle/path-paris-climate-conference (2016-05-01)
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  • Obama administration issues rule to help protect Florida’s lakes and rivers | Environment Florida
    Jennifer Rubiello State Director of Environment Florida That s why today s action is the biggest victory for clean water in a decade By closing a loophole created by Supreme Court decisions in 2001 and 2006 today s rule returns Clean Water Act protections to streams that feed the drinking water sources for over 1 8 million Floridians and one in three Americans Millions of acres of wetlands vital for flood control and filtering pollutants will also again be shielded under federal law The court rulings had put small streams headwaters and certain wetlands in a perilous legal limbo allowing polluters and developers to dump into them or destroy them in many cases without a permit In a four year period following the decisions the U S Environmental Protection Agency had to drop more than 1500 cases against polluters according to one analysis by the New York Times First proposed in March 2014 the joint rule by EPA and the U S Army Corps of Engineers is backed by robust scientific review and has gained broad support across a wide range of constituencies Local officials sportsmen small businesses and farmers are among the more than 800 000 Americans who have registered their support for the Clean Water Rule Florida s beaches and clean water in general are the lifeblood of my business and our community said Jason Spurlin owner of Island Action Sports in St Pete Beach I support doing everything we can to protect our rivers streams and wetlands and I m thrilled that the EPA is ensuring our waters health for generations to come Environment Florida has been campaigning to restore these clean water protections for nearly a decade In the past year alone the organization gathered over 31 000 comments in support of the rule released research

    Original URL path: http://environmentflorida.org/news/fle/obama-administration-issues-rule-help-protect-florida%E2%80%99s-lakes-and-rivers (2016-05-01)
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  • Deepwater Horizon: An Ongoing Environmental Disaster | Environment Florida
    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 Report Deepwater Horizon An Ongoing Environmental Disaster Released by Environment Florida Release date Friday April 17 2015 Download Report PDF Reports by Program Global Warming Solutions

    Original URL path: http://environmentflorida.org/reports/fle/deepwater-horizon-ongoing-environmental-disaster (2016-05-01)
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