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  • News Releases | Environment Florida
    more about St Petersburg City Council moves to draft an ordinance banning fracking 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 highest in Florida and Southeast U S is owed primarily to one large scale solar and nine contracted small 1 7 MW farms and gardens Read more about Jacksonville among nation s solar leaders but status at risk News Release Environment Florida Obama administration drops plans for Atlantic drilling Read more about Obama administration drops plans for Atlantic drilling News Release Environment Florida Release Interactive map shows impacts of storms and floods hitting close to home Environment Florida partnered with Dr David Hastings of Eckerd College and a team of students to collect extreme weather stories in Florida Read more about Release Interactive map shows impacts of storms and floods hitting close to home News Release Environment Florida Pinellas Board of County Commissioners pass resolution opposing fracking Last

    Original URL path: http://environmentflorida.org/news (2016-05-01)
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  • Work for a cleaner, greener, healthier future | Environment Florida
    the environment We re looking for people who are ready to commit their time skills and passion to political action on behalf of the environment Entry level and experienced positions available Jobs with Environment Florida Fellowship If you re looking for the opportunity to organize advocate and fight for the environment apply to be a Fellow Each year we hire recent college graduates with the passion the commitment and the talent it takes to stand up to polluting industries organize support and fight for our environmental values MORE APPLY Environmental Advocacy Positions Our advocates are experts in combining research public education coalition building direct persuasion and grassroots organizing to achieve real and lasting progress for our environment Our advocates across the country have helped pass Clean Cars programs in 13 states win an initiative to build a Million Solar Roofs in California and protect the Great Lakes from toxic mercury pollution We re also hiring experienced communications development legal administrative and creative staff MORE APPLY Environmental Campaign Staff Across the country our environment faces some tough challenges But we know what we need to win citizen support and grassroots action That s why we ve partnered with the Fund for the Public Interest to hire college students graduates and activists across the state to go out into communities to talk with citizens about the issues raise money and build membership for Environment Florida Staff also have the opportunity to work with the media build coalitions and mobilize activists Similar positions are available in more than 50 offices across the country For more information or to apply visit www JobsForGoodCauses org Environment Florida is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race color national or ethnic origin religion age sex handicap

    Original URL path: http://environmentflorida.org/page/aze/work-cleaner-greener-healthier-future (2016-05-01)
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  • Go Solar | Environment Florida
    Kansas North Carolina and Washington State amid others Oklahoma Arizona and Ohio already have moved to scale back their solar programs Keep the solar surge going strong Solar power might disrupt the business plans of dirty energy companies but it makes a ton of sense for America That s why people from all walks of life are getting behind solar from environmentalists to Tea Party activists from solar entrepreneurs to Barry Goldwater Jr son of the former Republican nominee for president Our challenge is to not only fend off the attacks being led by the dirty energy lobby but to keep the surge in solar power going strong How do we do it Our research shows the cities and states with the most solar power aren t necessarily the ones with the most sunshine they also include states with smart pro solar policies For example Arizona Hawaii and California made the list of the top 10 states for solar in our 2014 report But so did Massachusetts New Jersey Colorado and Delaware all thanks to smart policies The top 10 solar states with only 26 of the nation s population were responsible for 87 of the nation s solar power Our report found all or nearly all of the states shared a set of smart policies in common from strong clean energy standards to policies that let solar homeowners sell their extra power back to the utilities 10 percent solar by 2030 That s why we re urging Gov Rick Scott to make commitments that will help put Florida on the road to 100 clean energy with 10 solar by 2030 Achieving this goal would produce immediate and long lasting benefits for thr country including removing 280 million metric tons of carbon from the atmosphere by 2030 the equivalent of taking 59 million cars off the road Let s go big on solar We think a combination of professional research and advocacy with community action can help Florida go big on solar Why Our national federation has done it before Environment California spearheaded the campaign for that state s Million Solar Roofs Initiative In Massachusetts we helped convince the state to set a goal of enough solar to power 50 000 homes and then persuaded the state to raise the goal when it hit the original milestone ahead of schedule We ve also won pro solar policies in Colorado New Mexico Minnesota Arizona New Jersey and North Carolina But we have a long way to go to reach solar power s true potential It s time to go big on solar If we take the right steps today we can harness more power from the sun so we can finally leave dirty energy behind The sky really is the limit Issue 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 but status at risk Jacksonville has more solar panels than most

    Original URL path: http://environmentflorida.org/programs/fle/go-solar (2016-05-01)
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  • Bringing solar energy to the Sunshine State | Environment Florida
    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 Result 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

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  • Environment Florida
    bolder campaign to 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 Keeping Florida beautiful forever In 2010 Environment Florida fended off a proposal to build a 21 acre corporate park over protected wetlands bordering the Everglades in Broward County We also helped win federal funding for restoration projects in Picayne Strand and the Tamiami Trail The next step Preserving 1 million acres of vulnerable land across the state from the Keys to the Panhandle 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 highest in Florida

    Original URL path: http://environmentflorida.org/home?page=0%2C2 (2016-05-01)
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  • Environment Florida
    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 Clean air healthy families The coal lobby and their allies are trying to block the EPA from protecting public health but we ve held the line against some of their worst attacks In March 2011 the U S Senate rejected a bill that would have blocked standards for soot mercury and carbon pollution In April the Senate defeated four more bills that would have blocked the EPA from cutting air pollution 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

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  • This Earth Day, climate action takes a big step forward! | Environment Florida
    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 1 Setting the plan to fight climate change on an international level into motion has never been more urgent The dominoes have begun to fall as we witness the impact global warming is having across the country March 2016 was ranked the hottest March in recorded history March is the 11th of the longest series of months shattering temperature records making it the longest record in 137 years Extreme weather is affecting millions of Americans across the country currently flooding Houston with history making rains And right now 166 million Americans are at risk of dangerous levels of global warming fueled air pollution 2 As the largest one day signing of any international agreement this historic agreement will put us on the path to tackling global warming and protecting the health of future generations Setting a goal to keep global temperatures from rising two degrees celsius from pre industrialization levels What s more exciting is that according to Christiana Figueres Executive Secretary of UN Framework Convention on Climate the Paris Climate Agreement is taking effect two years ahead of schedule This means deeper carbon cuts will be possible and will commit next president into the agreement regardless of his her current stance on climate change 3 Join us in thanking President Obama for fighting to protect public health by making cutting carbon pollution a priority By taking strong action on climate and finalizing the international climate deal we are on the road to a healthier future Thank President Obama today Sources Paris Climate Deal Seen Taking Effect Two Years Ahead Of Plan Bloomberg April 11 2016

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  • Great Barrier Reef scientist: “And then we wept.” | Environment Florida
    coral much more likely to die 2 3 What role does global warming play Global warming plays a leading role in creating stressful conditions for coral How so Corals like cooler waters and as global warming raises ocean temperatures corals are finding themselves in a stressed state longer than they can afford Also the ocean is a critical tool used by the atmosphere for storing carbon As carbon pollution is released into the environment at exceedingly high rates from the coal gas and oil industries the ocean absorbs more and more carbon dioxide causing the water to become more acidic This damages the structure of corals impairing their health and resiliency 2 A map of the Great Barrier Reef shows the results of aerial surveys for 911 reefs Tom Bridge and James Kerry ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies 1 Why is the Great Barrier Reef so important As a World Heritage Site the Great Barrier Reef is recognized for the complex ecosystem it houses It is considered to be the largest living structure on the planet and is home to 400 coral species and 1 500 species of fish This reef system is roughly three quarters the length of California spanning the eastern coast of Australia Furthermore the Great Barrier Reef plays a significant role in the Australian economy bringing in an estimated 29 8 billion per year from tourism fisheries and coastal preservation 2 3 Excellence for Coral Reef Studies notes We found only 4 reefs out of 520 that weren t bleached to some extent and more than 95 percent of the reefs were in the top 2 most severe bleaching categories 2 Naturalist Sir David Attenborough warns on the global bleaching event The twin perils brought by climate change and increase in the temperature

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