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Faulty sinkhole reporting becomes hard lesson on rushing to judgment

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Big business is not automatically bad business. The Tampa Bay Times learned a hard lesson about assumptions and the truth this week after publishing the opinions of two retired scientists who accused Mosaic Co. and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection of ignoring warnings of a growing sinkhole on Mosaic property. While the allegations fed into a popular narrative of a nefarious corporation and government incompetence which led an environmental crisis, the claims were also something else. They were simply…

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Mosaic pushes back hard against Tampa Bay Times over sinkhole reporting

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Following a report from the Tampa Bay Times’ Craig Pittman regarding the sinkhole that opened up on Mosaic Fertilizer’s property in late 2016, the company sent out a scathing rebuke to media alleging Pittman “continues to provide a platform for false information.” In the report, Pittman interviewed Don Rice, a former hydrologist from the U.S. Geological Survey, who alleges the company should have seen the signs of a sinkhole forming. Jackie Barron, a Mosaic spokeswoman, said the claims made in Pittman’s…

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Scientist: Florida python hunt didn’t help control threat

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As Florida prepares to unleash the public in another hunt for Burmese pythons in the Everglades, an analysis of data from the first Python Challenge shows that the 2013 spectacle didn’t do anything to curb the invasive snake’s population in the wetlands, a scientist said Monday. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission calls the 68 pythons turned in during the monthlong Python Challenge in early 2013 a success for raising public awareness about the threat invasive species pose to…

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