Environment

Marion County puts ease into recycling

Ocala City Council is entering a new contract with WastePro to bring easy curbside recycling to Marion County residents. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Meredith Chipman has more on the costs and logistics of the new collection plan. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/MGCOcalaRecycling.mp3]

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Gainesville recognized for solar power adoption

Gainesville is attracting attention for its per-capita use of solar energy, which is growing fast as a result of a GRU solar feed-in tariff program.  WUFT-TV’s Brian Penter reports. [jwplayer config=”News-video” file=”wuftnews/20111208-GRUSolarPower.mp4″]

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Bright leaves take root at Fifield Hall

It’s a sea of Holiday Red today at the University of Florida’s Fifield Hall with the annual poinsettia sale underway.  WUFT-FM’s Katerina Sardi says there is also holiday green, pink and more. [audio:https://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/12/KATVOICER1.mp3] Hundreds of people are expected to support the Environmental Horticulture Club during the 16th annual Poinsettia Sale. …

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Cold snap may complicate Prairie fire fight

As the cold front comes in tonight, conditions around the Levy Prairie Wildfire may worsen. Not only did the fire grow slightly overnight, but cooler winds will counteract any rain we may get. North Florida Wildfire Mitigation Specialist Ludie Bond says it’s hard to predict how long the fire will …

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Wasted water sparks flareups among farmers, residents and water managers

Water management districts in North Florida are in the hot seat over the way they distribute water permits.  The current dry conditions are pitting agriculture against residents in a number of north central florida communities.   Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Chrissy McLarty reports many people says the agency needs to rethink just how much water everyone …

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Smokey conditions flare back up around Olive fire

The Levy Prairie wildfires have picked back up near the city of Hawthorne. The fire and smoke is thick enough to blur driver’s vision and make the road hard to see. North Florida Wildfire Mitigation Specialist Ludie Bond says the problem worsened in the late evening. [audio:https://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/12/Bond1.mp3] She says drivers …

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Endangered sharks receive protection from harvesters

Movies and media often portray shark-infested oceans and shark attacks as a regular occurrence. But some species of sharks in Florida are actually endangered. The Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission has brought forward a motion to prohibit harvesting tiger sharks and three species of hammerhead sharks in Florida waters.  Florida’s 89.1, …

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Containment lines holding strong in Levy Prairie fire

The Olive Fire in the Levy Prairie is still smoking, but it is within the containment line. Wildfire Mitigation Specialist Ludie Bond says firefighters are monitoring the fire day to day. [audio:https://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/11/Bond1.mp3] She says today’s forecasted rain may help prevent flare-ups in the fire, but wind and dry moss in …

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