what started out as a science fair project for an Oak Hall High School student in Gainesville has turned into a “real life” energy strategy. Oak Hall Senior Erich Christian’s creation of a biodiesel facility which turns cooking grease into fuel has even gotten the attention of Republican State Senator Steve Oelrich. Oelrich has filed a Senate bill to help schools cut through red-tape when trying to implement similar projects. Christian and two other Oak Hall students will appear before the Senate Higher Education Committee on Tuesday (March 9th). Christian sat down for an interview with WUFTs Donna Green-Townsend.[audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/ErichC.mp3]
The U.S. Association of Reptile Keepers of Florida wants the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to approve captive breeding of Diamondback terrapins. The move would combat declining populations of the species of turtle due to high demand as both low-maintenance pets and poachable commodities. The program will be discussed at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission meeting Wednesday, but FWC’s staff report, slated to be presented during discussion, recommends maintaining current rules.