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Bio: John Englander

Bio: John Englander

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

John Englander is an oceanographer, consultant and sea level rise expert. His broad marine science background coupled with degrees in geology and economics allows him to see the big picture on climate and look ahead to the large-scale financial and societal impacts, particularly as they relate to sea level rise. He brings the diverse points of view of a scientist, entrepreneur and CEO.

For over 30 years, he has been a leader in both the private sector and the nonprofit arena, serving as CEO for such noteworthy organizations as The Cousteau Society and The International SeaKeepers Society. As the Founder of the Rising Seas Group, he works with businesses, government agencies, and communities helping them …

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League meets with Senator Nelson’s Office on Fracking and Water Quality Issues

fracking and water quality issuesLorraine Zimmerman, Chair of Environmental Issues, Debra Chandler, Advocacy Chair, Karen Wilkerson, LWVPBC President, and Michelle McGovern, Director of Outreach for U. S. Senator Bill Nelson met to discuss fracking and water quality issues pertinent to Florida.

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Read more about water quality issues in Florida.

Map of fracked wells.

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Climate Change Doc Inspires Hope- We’re Not Too Late video and review

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Climate Change Doc Inspires Hope: ‘We’re Not Too Late’

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Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Charles Ferguson‘s new film Time to Chooseexplores the challenges associated with climate change and examines the solutions to solve this global crisis.

Ferguson interviews entrepreneurs, innovators, thought leaders and individuals—including SolarCity CEO Lyndon Rive, renowned anthropologist Jane Goodall and California Gov. Jerry Brown—working on the front lines of climate change and tells the stories of people working to change the world.

“I made Time to Choose because climate change is the most important issue facing humanity and we urgently need broader understanding of how enormously we would all benefit from addressing it,” Ferguson wrote on the film’s website. “Fortunately it is a challenge

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More Chemicals Allowed in Florida Waterways article

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 More Chemicals Allowed in Florida Waterways, Toxic Algae Blooms Continue to Spread Across State

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New Solar Panel Material article

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Researchers have identified perovskite as a possible game-changer in solar panel production. Let’s take a look at what it could mean for a solar plant that intends to yield a gigawatt of solar panels per year.

A Breakthrough in Solar Cell Science

Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Energy issued a press release to announce new findings for the next generation of solar panels. A typical solar panel you see today uses the sun’s radiation (sunlight), which contains infrared (IR) to ultraviolet rays (UV), by converting it into usable electricity. It accomplishes this by using the amazing chemical properties of silicon crystals.

However, researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory 

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Climate Action Coalition of South Florida “Green” Candidate Forums

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The Climate Action Coalition of South Florida

Green” Candidate Forums

 

League of Women Voters Palm Beach County – Coalition member

August 6, 2016 at First Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Palm Beaches, 4-6pm

635 Prosperity Farms Rd, North Palm Beach

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August 13, 2016 at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Boca Raton,

4-6pm

2601 St. Andrews Blvd, Boca Raton

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All qualified Candidates for County Commissioner, Florida House and FL Senate have been invited.

The North Forum will have candidates from FL Senate Districts 25 & 30; FL House Districts 82, 85, 86, & 87; Commission Districts 1 & 7

The South Forum will have candidates from FL Senate Districts 29 & 31; FL House Districts 88, 90, & 91; Commission Districts 3 & 5

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All

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Center for Biological Diversity letter

Center for Biological Diversity


Dear Lorraine ,Phosphate mine aerial view

Less than an hour from Florida’s sandy beaches is the world’s largest phosphate strip mine. And now the phosphate mining industry wants to tear up an additional 7,500 acres of the nearby Peace River watershed.

We need your help to save what’s left of Florida’s intact habitat and stop this terrible practice.

Phosphate is used to make fertilizer — but mining for it is one of the most destructive practices on Earth. The strip mining permanently removes 30-60 feet of topsoil, sand, clay and rock to get at the underlying ore. Then another process acidizes that rock, leaving behind radioactive waste.

Indeed there are more than a billion tons of radioactive phosphogypsum stored in mountain-like “gypstacks” throughout Florida, where they’ll stay long after the

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Fracked Wells map

fracked wells map

 

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Center for Biological Diversity

For Immediate Release, June 28, 2016

Contact: Patrick Sullivan, 415-517-9364, psullivan@biologicaldiversity.org

Obama Administration Permitted 1,200 Offshore Fracks in Gulf of Mexico

Documents Show Billions of Gallons of Oil Waste Fluid Dumped Into Gulf Waters

WASHINGTON— Federal officials permitted more than 1,200 offshore fracks by oil companies in the Gulf of Mexico from 2010 to 2014, according to federal documents obtained by the Center for Biological Diversity.

Fracking locations

Gulf of Mexico fracking locations. See interactive map. Map courtesy Center for Biological Diversity.

The fracks occurred in at least 630 different wells off the coasts of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama (see interactive map), and many took place in critical habitat for imperiled loggerhead sea turtles. Oil companies were also allowed …

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Florida’s coral reef system in rapid decay, scientists say

Florida's coral reef system in rapid decay, scientists say

 

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The most terrifying thing lurking under the waters of the Atlantic Ocean may not come with razor sharp teeth.
CNN.COM|BY BORIS SANCHEZ, CNN
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Article- Florida DEP sought little public input about plan to allow more toxins in state waters

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Florida DEP sought little public input about plan to allow more toxins in state waters

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Florida Bulldog
JUNE 23, 2016 AT 5:51 AM
By Francisco Alvarado, FloridaBulldog.org

With minimum public input, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has been working for four years on a proposal that could let more cancer-causing toxins be released into the state’s surface waters. Most Floridians have been kept in the dark regarding the plan that will cause great harm to the state’s aquatic environment, residents and visitors, according to activists and some elected officials.

Critics told FloridaBulldog.org that DEP officials hope the lack of public scrutiny will allow them to push through changes to increase the amount of hazardous chemicals that can be allowed in the discharging of industrial …

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