Florida Gulf Coast Facing Prolonged Algae Bloom, Threatening Ecosystems and Fisheries

Florida Gulf Coast Facing Prolonged Algae Bloom, Threatening Ecosystems and Fisheries

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer St. Petersburg, Florida, has fallen victim to what could be one of the most prolonged red tides in recent history. Hundreds of tons of dead sea life have washed up on shores as the ecological disaster takes root, and experts say the end isn’t yet in sight. Officials are trying to pinpoint […]

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Florida’s Manatees Are Dying in Record Numbers

Florida’s Manatees Are Dying in Record Numbers

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer In the first two months of 2021, more manatees have died than in the first two months of 2020 and 2019 combined, totaling an estimated 350 animals. Despite recently passed protections for Florida’s seagrasses, a crucial part of the ecosystem that supports manatees, the sea cows are starving at higher rates and experts worry this […]

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A Florida Seagrass Success Story — For Now

A Florida Seagrass Success Story — For Now

By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer Last summer, Florida created its first aquatic preserve in over 30 years. The Nature Coast Aquatic Preserve protects about 400,000 acres of seagrass just north of Tampa on Florida’s Gulf coast.  These are part of the Gulf of Mexico’s largest seagrass bed and borders other existing preserves, creating a […]

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New Study Finds 1 in 3 Rivers Have Significantly Shifted Color

New Study Finds 1 in 3 Rivers Have Significantly Shifted Color

by Amy Lupica, ODP Contributing Writer A new study shows that 1 in 3 rivers in the United States have significantly shifted in color since 1984. Researchers surveyed more than 108,000 kilometers of rivers at least 60 meters wide found that  56% appeared predominantly yellow and 38% appeared predominantly green. These colorations are often caused […]

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The Great Lakes at Risk

The Great Lakes at Risk

by Ashira Morris, ODP Contributing Writer Collectively, the Great Lakes are the world’s largest freshwater system. They provide drinking water, food, even the fresh air we breathe. The five lakes are “arguably the continent’s most precious resource,” National Geographic writes in the magazine’s December cover story.  And they’re in trouble. Toxic chemicals from agriculture, invasive […]

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You Know What’s REALLY Scary? Another Four Years of Trump

You Know What’s REALLY Scary? Another Four Years of Trump

It’s Halloween — a time when people think scaring each other is fun. But this year, we are afraid very, very afraid — of what might happen on global warming and the environment in the United States if Donald Trump, the Freddie Krueger of climate action and conservation, wins a second term in the election. Talk about a Nightmare on Elm Street.

It’s frightening to think about what our country will look like after four more years of Trump.  But in the spirit of the season, let’s try to picture it.

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