Environment

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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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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John Englander Video – Climate Change is Four Different Issues

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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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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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John Englander

In cased you missed it, here is John Englander’s talk with the LWVPBC:


John Englander graphicENVIRONMENTAL GROUP

OPEN MEETING

DATE: September 22, 2016

TIME: 5:30–7:30 PM

PLACE: Summit Library, 3650 Summit Blvd.

West Palm Beach, FL 33406

 

SEATING IS LIMITED. RSVP NOW TO PLZIMM@BELLSOUTH.NET


KEYNOTE SPEAKER: JOHN ENGLANDERJohn Englander

Renowned climate expert and internationally acclaimed speaker and author presents

Climate Change Involves 4 Different Issues:
The Policy Implications

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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FAU Ocean Harbor Speakers Calendar

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FAU Ocean Science Lecture Series 2017

The Ocean Science Lecture Series provides a forum for the community at large to learn about Harbor Branch’s most recent discoveries directly from the scientists who made them. The invited speakers from other institutions are colleagues who work on topics relevant to our Harbor Branch research themes.

Ocean Science Lecture Series 2017

Lectures are held in the Johnson Education Center auditorium on the Harbor Branch campus, 5600 U.S. 1 North, Fort Pierce. “In-Season” weekly lectures (January 11 through April 5) will be held at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., followed by a meet-the-speaker reception. There is no charge to attend.

 

Click here to see the Lecture Schedule, watch Live Streaming and more!

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Toxic Lake- The Weather Channel video

A huge lake in Florida has been producing toxic algae.

The Weather Channel coverage of toxic algae caused by fertilizer runoff on the Treasure Coast in Florida, Summer 2016.

Toxic Lake: The Untold Story of Lake Okeechobee

A huge lake in Florida has been producing toxic algae. We explain why:

Posted by The Weather Channel on Wednesday, December 7, 2016

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Together We Did It!

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For Immediate Release: November 8, 2016

Contact:

Pamela S. Goodman, President, League of Women Voters of Florida, PamelaSGoodman@gmail.com  (561)843-1233

Jennifer Rennicks, Floridians for Solar Choice, Jennifer@flsolarchoice.org  (865)235-1448

Sunshine State Voters Reject Anti-Solar Amendment 1

Multi-partisan grassroots coalition successfully leads a solar uprising to defeat $26 million utility-backed deceptive ballot measure


Tampa, Fla. – Today Florida voters rejected Amendment 1 – the utility-backed proposal that sought to limit the growth of customer-owned solar power in the Sunshine State.

In a true David and Goliath battle, a diverse grassroots coalition of more than 200 organizations, solar companies, elected officials, and thousands of concerned citizens successfully rallied nearly 50 percent of the state to vote against the deceptive utility-backed amendment. Constitutional amendments in Florida require 60 percent support

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Vote NO on 1

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WANT MORE SOLAR IN THE SUNSHINE STATE?
VOTE NO ON AMENDMENT 1
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Amendment 1 is funded by Florida’s big utilities to protect their monopoly markets and limit customer-owned solar.

Follow the money: Florida Power & Light (FPL), Duke Energy and other big power companies want to maintain their monopoly control on profits from electricity sales and limit customer-owned solar. Solar power is poised to grow in the Sunshine State, which would allow customers to generate their own power and buy less from the electric utilities. To date, the monopoly utilities have contributed the majority of the $20 million collected to promote this Amendment to protect their power sales all the while claiming they are “pro-solar.” In

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Meredith Barnard presentation on fracking in Florida


meredith-barnardMeredith Barnard gave an enlightening presentation October 27th to the Environmental Issues Group of LWVPBC. She discussed the fracking going on in our back yards here in south Florida.

Her background in Marine Science and Environmental Affairs has led her to the Conservancy of SW Florida. This environmental group is one of five that filed the lawsuit against the National Park Service expressing the need for comprehensive data required before, not after, issuing a permit to Burnett Oil Co to begin seismic testing in Big Cypress National Preserve. This land sits on the Biscayne Aquifer which provides clean water for over 7 million people in SW Florida.

Meredith will keep us informed with all the complexities involved in the lawsuit and the environmental natural resource policy issues. With

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