Environment

Environment

Environment

Climate and Environmental changes affect population trends, economic development, tourism, health (especially the health of children), food resources, temperature extremes, air quality, water quality and weather disasters like hurricanes, floods and sea level rise.  

Focus:

  • To promote governmental accountability and transparency regarding our precious, fragile Florida environment.

Chair: Lorraine Zimmerman (plzimm@bellsouth.net, 561-241-3264)

Meetings: The 4th Thursday of the month at 5:30 pm.

Location: The Summit Library in WPB,  3650 Summit Blvd, WPB 33406…

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Filtering a Plastic Ocean

After 50 years of dumping plastics in the ocean, our seas are returning deadly microplastic particles to our beaches all over the world. This short film, Filtering A Plastic Ocean, explores the impact these tiny plastics, laced with toxic chemicals, have on marine wildlife and human health, and profiles ocean activist Marc Ward whose simple invention is making beaches safer for people around the world. Read More…

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The State of Water

The State of Water

By Kathy Panko, Environmental Issues Group                       

Water is our most precious natural resource. The average American uses about 2,088 gallons in 24 hours.  That’s not only tap water, but includes food, clothes, and even newspapers/magazines, which all have a cost in water.  For example, a half-pound burger comes from a cow that consumed 220 gallons of water; it takes about 700 gallons to make a shirt; a pair of pants take about 2,000 gallons from seed to cotton; and a newspaper/magazine is made of trees, ink, and printing presses, which soar water usage. Life is thirsty and drinks way more water than we realize. Earth’s population grows 1.2% every year, but the total amount of water on earth remains the same. This is all we have, so we

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John Englander Video – Climate Change is Four Different Issues

John Englander Video - Climate Change is Four Different Issues

John Englander Video – Climate Change is Four Different Issues

Climate Change is Four Different Issues: Energy, Rising Seas, Direct and Indirect Effects. John Englander, noted oceanographer, renowned climate expert and internationally acclaimed speaker and author explains, in understandable terms, the very different policies needed to deal with the disastrous aspects of climate change – presented by the League of Women Voters-PBC on September 22, 2016.


 

Does the type of energy we use really affect the environment?
Will sea level rise really affect my residence or business?
Is my water really safe?

Issues concerning climate change, energy, sea level rise, recycling, the Everglades, fresh water, ecosystem, algae and more may all appear to be similar. Noted climate expert John Englander will  explain where they overlap and where …

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Water, Water, Everywhere

Water, Water, Everywhere

The League of Women Voters of Broward County, Environmental Issues Committee presents:

WATER, WATER, EVERYWHERE,

BUT IS THERE ENOUGH?

Wednesday, March 15th

6:15 – 8:00 pm

Broward County West Regional Library

Free and open to the Public
Download the flyer.
Water, Water, Everywhere

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EAA Reservoir by Audobon

EAA Reservoir by Audobon

Senator Negron’s Everglades Agricultural Area ReservoirEAA Reservoir by AudobonProposal: A Key Component of Restoration

Now is the Time to Revisit the EAA Reservoir

Florida’s coastal waters are now experiencing an unprecedented ecological collapse, making the urgency of constructing an EAA reservoir lear. With an abnormally rainy winter in early 2016, in order to protect the aging Herbert Hoover Dike, billions of gallons of water are being discharged from Lake Okeechobee to the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee estuaries. The change in the balance of fresh and saltwater, exacerbated by excess nutrients from agricultural and community sources…
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Lake Okeechobee Land Purchase

Lake Okeechobee Land Purchase

Lake Okeechobee Land PurchaseLake Okeechobee Land Purchase
Senate Bill 10

By Kathy Panko, Environmental Issues Group

A proposal to purchase 60,000 acres of fertile farmland for a water reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee in hopes of solving problems in the coastal estuaries to the north has turned into a battle. The $2.4 million plan is moving forward. The idea is to store and clean phosphorus-laden water before releasing it into Everglades National Park. Environmentalists have wanted this for years, but efforts to buy the land have been sidelined by agriculture and sugar-industry opposition. The push was announced after last summer’s discharges from Lake Okeechobee into the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie estuaries led to toxic algae blooms along the Treasure Coast.

A coalition of Palm Beach County vegetable farmers and other related …

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The Case for Pricing Carbon Webinar

The Case for Pricing Carbon Webinar

Invitation to a Webinar: The Case for Pricing Carbonpricing carbon

As the evidence of accelerated climate change and its impact on society mounts, there is an increasing sense of urgency to find solutions.

Join a webinar hosted by the LWVUS Price on Carbon Steering Committee to learn how putting a price on carbon works and why scientists, economists and world leaders view pricing carbon as an essential strategy for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

RSVP to join us on February 21, 2:00-3:00 pm EST, for an insightful and informative presentation by internationally renowned science historian and author, Dr. Naomi Oreskes.

For more information, please contact Eleanor Revelle, Chair, LWVUS Climate Change Task Force, at er@revelle.net.…

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Environmental Team Meeting 2-23-17

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS PBC
Environmental Team Meeting
February 23, 2017

The LWV is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government. League works to increase understanding on major policy issues and influences public policy through education and advocacy. Official League position statements are issued only by the President or designee. Action on issues should be done as an individual and not as a League member.
During this time of political change, how will we most effectively meet the environmental challenges.

Our issues:

  • Solar with co-ops kickoff in May
  • Fracking Ban Legislation in Committees (3)
  • SB 442 Dana Young
  • HB 441 Mike Miller
  • Water… keeping it clean and financingSB 10

Please keep calling your legislator and senator.

If you are attending the Legislative Summit …

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Martin County Public Hearing on Pipelines

Martin County Public Hearing on Pipelines

Spectra Energy Corp., a Fortune 500 company based in Houston, Texas , builds and operates more than 22,00 miles of natural gas, natural gas liquids and crude oil pipelines throughout the U.S. and Canada. In Florida one pipeline project called the Sabal Trail originates in Tallapona County, Alabama, extends through Georgia and will end in central Florida near Orlando at accost of $36 billion. Most recently according to Chris Merick, of the WWALS Watershed Coalition, a leak along the Sabal Trail pipeline in Georgia was reported. This same pipeline will also run under the Suwannee and Santa Fe Rivers in Florida.

In a move to protect Floridians and our environment on January 24 the Martin County Florida Board of County Commissions will conduct a public hearing to consider

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