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Florida Bee Populations Growing, Not Necessarily Thriving

By on July 13th, 2015 | Last updated: July 13, 2015 at 10:34 am

While bee populations in Florida show some growth, some factors still keep them from flourishing. Land loss, overcrowding and herbicides pose problems for the bees and the beekeepers.

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Butterfly Study Calls Attention To Prescribed Burning Practices

By on July 9th, 2015 | Last updated: July 9, 2015 at 12:34 am

A recent study by a University of Florida graduate researches the effects of prescribed fires on the elfin frosted butterfly. The species requires fire to survive, but is also prone to damage from excessive burning.

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Florida Cemetery Offers Environmental Burial Options

By on May 8th, 2015 | Last updated: May 8, 2015 at 6:06 pm

North Central Florida Cemetery is the only cemetery in Florida that allows people to be buried on protected land. One of the cemetery’s focuses is being environmentally friendly.

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UF Professor Develops Fertilizer For Healthier Palms, Soil And Water

By on April 29th, 2015 | Last updated: April 29, 2015 at 10:29 am

Tim Broschat, a University of Florida environmental horticulture professor, developed a palm fertilizer suitable for Florida’s soil that could also reduce water pollution during the summer. At this time, his fertilizer is only available for commercial landscapers.

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UF Students, Staff Attempt To Save Heritage Trees

By on April 11th, 2015 | Last updated: April 15, 2015 at 5:36 pm

The people behind a social media campaign that took root over night are celebrating a little victory for a very big tree.
After discovering a unique tree on the University of Florida’s campus is scheduled for removal because of construction, a group of students and faculty rallied to save it.

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Group Wants Probe of Whether Fla. Banned Climate-Change Talk

By on March 10th, 2015 | Last updated: March 10, 2015 at 6:58 pm

Former state employees claim supervisors forbade them from using the term “climate change.” A Florida environmental group is requesting an investigation.

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Environmental Groups ‘Rally In Tally’ To Talk Amendment 1 Spending

By on February 18th, 2015 | Last updated: February 18, 2015 at 5:24 pm

Environmental groups across the state sent supporters to the capital on Wednesday to discuss the allocation of funds set aside by Amendment 1, the Florida Water and Land Conservation Initiative. The Florida legislative session will begin in March, and the bill will take effect on July 1.

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Alachua County Approves Resolution In Support Of Statewide Ban On Fracking

By on February 16th, 2015 | Last updated: February 16, 2015 at 5:56 pm

The Alachua Board of County Commissioners approved two bills that could help keep the water supply safe. The resolution supports the statewide ban of fracking, which opponents say could contribute to underground water pollution.

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Local Home Provides Blueprint For Alternative Housing

By on February 16th, 2015 | Last updated: February 16, 2015 at 5:46 pm

The number of sustainable and alternative homes is increasing in Florida. Gainesville resident Tom Fox leads the way with one of the first shipping container homes in Florida.

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Gainesville Regional Utilities Customers Pay More To Use Less

By on February 4th, 2015 | Last updated: February 4, 2015 at 11:30 am

Gainesville residents using less energy means generating less money for Gainesville services such as police and parks. To offset the loss, the average bill for a GRU customer increased about $6 in October, resulting in the second highest ranked residential bill in the state.

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