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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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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

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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.

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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

 

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The most terrifying thing lurking under the waters of the Atlantic Ocean may not come with razor sharp teeth.
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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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Article- EPA Bans Fracking Wastewater from Sewage Treatment Plants

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Common Dreams, Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community
Thursday, June 16, 2016 – 12:45pm

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has banned fracking wastewater from public sewage plants, citing the inability of these plants to handle toxic and radioactive pollutants.

Clean water and public health advocates, along with more than 30,000 Americans, had submitted comments in favor of the EPA rule, finalized earlier this week.

“Allowing toxic, radioactive wastewater to be treated at the same place as dirty bathwater defies all logic,” said Rachel Richardson, Stop Drilling Program director for Environment America. “This is a commonsense step to help protect our water and our health from the dangers of fracking.”

The final rule formalizes a practice …

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Article- Fracking has many dangers

Letter: Fracking has many dangers

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Pensacola News Journal

Pensacola 12:59 p.m. CDT June 19, 2016
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(Photo: Damian Dovarganes, AP)

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation estimates each fracked well will require 2.4 to 7.8 million gallons of water. This translates into roughly 400 to 600 tanker truckloads of liquids to the well, and 200 to 300 tanker truckloads of liquid waste from the well.

An 18-wheeler weighs up to 80,000 lbs. Day-in, day-out, these trucks destroy roads and bridges, leaving towns to clean up the mess. Further, the one-well model is not an accurate representation of fracking operations, which can consist of 20 wells per “pad” and dozens of pads. Overall, 38,400 to 172,800 tanker truck trips are possible over a well pad life.

And …

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EPA’s Clean Power Plan Continues to be Tested

The fight to stop manmade contributions to climate change is not over, we’ve taken big steps in the last year. Last year, when the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized — the Clean Power Plan — the first ever regulations to cut carbon pollution from power plants, the League rejoiced. Power plants are the number one contributor of carbon pollution, and carbon pollution is the largest contributor to climate change.The Clean Power Plan is the biggest and most ambitious action the U.S. has ever taken to tackle climate change. This long awaited regulation will save lives, improve health, spur economic growth and protect our environment.

Not surprisingly, challenges to the Clean Power Plan from corporate polluters and state governments were immediate. And the

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