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Wildcat Wells in Florida’s Big Cypress Preserve Bring New and Unstudied Risks

Regulatory agencies aren't carefully assessing the impact of ramped up oil and gas exploration in southwest Florida, say critics

When you think of oil drilling, South Florida probably doesn’t immediately come to mind. But rising oil prices are bringing increasing oil and gas exploration projects to southwest Florida, home of the Everglades, and they are already putting environment at risk. The…
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by: Karen Hoffmann – May 1, 2014

Where have all the sea cows gone?

Something is killing Florida’s manatees, but no one’s sure what. Scientists try to piece together the puzzle

The West Indian manatee is an example of evolution optimizing for one thing: taking time to slow down and munch the seagrass. They have no natural predators, just humans and their boat propellers. Individual animals can be identified by the unique pattern…
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by: Karen Hoffmann – January 15, 2014

As Host to Rio+20, Brazil Faces Own Environmental Struggles

Economic Powerhouse Is Using Up Its Natural Resources Faster than Ever

As leaders from 130 countries gather in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, this week for the “Rio+20” United Nations environmental summit, the host country is grappling with its own increasingly volatile struggles between economic growth, ecosystem conservation, and human rights protection. Photo by…
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by: Karen Hoffmann – June 21, 2012

Cuba’s Gulf of Mexico Oil Exploration Makes Strange Bedfellows

US Enviro Groups and Oil Execs Band Together to Promote End of Cold War-Era Hostilities Between Two Nations

From his hotel in Havana, marine scientist and conservation policy specialist David Guggenheim, aka the “Ocean Doctor,” can see the lights of Scarabeo 9. The recently arrived oil-drilling platform off the Cuban coast began drilling exploratory deepwater wells on the Cuban side…
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by: Karen Hoffmann – March 15, 2012

In Brazil, Murder of Activists Underscores Bitter Fight over Amazon’s Resources

Locals Say Timing of killings and Approval of Belo Monte Dam Far From Random

“The forest cries,” read a sign at the funeral of José Cláudio Ribeiro da Silva and Maria do Espirito Santo. The Amazon activists had been murdered, execution-style, by unknown assailants, less than 24 hours after Brazil's lower house of congress voted to…
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by: Karen Hoffmann – July 5, 2011


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