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Eric Draper: Florida making smart progress on solar

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On a sunny day in Florida, I watched the American flag rise and fly over hundreds of acres of solar cells. It was an amazing experience to think the million panels I was looking at in Manatee County were replacing energy from conventional fuel combustion plants. Yet this solar field feeding directly into the power grid was not using any water nor emitting pollution. I could not have been more excited. In recent years, Florida has increasingly lived up to its…

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For Earth Day 2016, sugar farmers celebrate history of sustainability, conservation

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As the global community celebrates Earth Day April 22, farmers for America’s largest sugar producer are highlighting their role in safeguarding South Florida land and water resources. Now in its 46th year, Earth Day is the largest secular observance on the planet, with more than 1 billion people observing a day of eco-friendly engagement and activism. On Friday, U.S. Sugar joins in the Earth Day festivities by honoring a heritage of nearly 85 years of environmental stewardship. “U.S. Sugar has been…

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Today on Context Florida: GOP flips the bird, Baltimore, Earth Day and tainted FBI testimony

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Today on Context Florida: With nearly four days left in the Florida Legislature’s regular session, Speaker Steve Crisafulli and House Republicans essentially flipped us the bird and flew home, says Daniel Tilson. The political class in Tallahassee likes to call such adjournment of each year’s session by its traditional Latin name, Sine Die. But given the shocking way it went down, no such lofty labels are in order. Steven Kurlander says the lessons of Baltimore are that Americans need to wake…

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24th annual Green Thumb festival returns this weekend

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The St. Petersburg Green Thumb festival comes back this Saturday and Sunday at Walter Fuller Park in West St. Pete. The event from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. both days features more than 200 educational and environmental exhibits and vendors. Some 35,000 people visit the two-day festival each year. Families with children can stop by a large craft tent where kids can make a good half dozen different crafts and sit in the shade while experts demonstrate various gardening techniques,…

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Obama sounds alarm on climate damage in visit to Everglades

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Amid lurking alligators and the steamy heat of Florida’s Everglades, President Barack Obama on Wednesday sounded the alarm about damage from climate change he said was already wreaking mayhem in Florida and across the United States. In an implicit rebuke to Florida’s governor and other Republicans, Obama accused those who deny the man-made causes of climate change of sticking their heads in the sand. He said rising sea levels that have infused the Everglades with harmful salt water have already…

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Today on Context Florida: Florida’s mack daddy, PLSAs, Earth Day and teaching economics

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Today on Context Florida: The annual Harlot Show and Prostitution Expo – commonly called the Florida Legislative Session – has been such a wowsa so far, Diane Roberts says that we have neglected to pay sufficient attention to the mack daddy in the Mansion. You know, Rick Scott. He’s not governing; he has people for that. He’s running for the United States Senate. William Mattox writes of an innovative new policy adopted by Florida legislators last year called Personal Learning Scholarship…

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Duke boycott efforts quiet with PolyPack owner’s environmental assurance

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Earlier this week, the Tampa Bay Times reported that the Center for Biological Diversity is pulling out of the city’s second Earth Day Celebration in South Straub Park on April 18. According to the Times, that Arizona-based nonprofit requested a refund of its $75 fee because leaders learned the event’s main sponsor is Duke Energy. Duke has been plagued by negative press stemming from grassroots protests condemning the energy giant for being a leader in dirty energy. The Center for Biological…

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