U.S. Fish & Wildlife Sued Over Microscopic Ichetucknee Siltsnail

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In 2011, the Center for Biological Diversity struck a huge legal settlement with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service that meant the agency needed to decide whether to put 757 different animals on the endangered species list. They bragged, using animals that would pull at people's heartstrings, touting photos of critters like the American wolverine, the Mexican grey wolf, and the Pacific walrus on their website. You know, fauna clearly visible to the naked eye.

One of the first animals that needed to be decided on, though, was the Ichetucknee siltsnail -- thus named for its resemblance to a grain of sand.

The center's attorney, Jaclyn Lopez, conceded to the Associated Press that the snail was not "the most charismatic animal" but said the size of its entire habitat is about the size of your apartment's living room.

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Palm Beach County Agrees to Import Trash for Money

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Ahh, Palm Beach County. Sunshine shining on a cloudless day as palm trees sway lazily in the waft of putrid refuge in the breeze.

Or, at least, that'll be the picture of the town on some days after the county commissioners voted to allow the importing of garbage from outside the county to burn in the new incinerator.

Following citizens picketing and protesting the move on Monday, on Wednesday the commissioners voted 4-3 to start taking bids from outside companies to start sending their garbage into Palm Beach County.


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Floridians Trust Scientists More Than Marco Rubio on Climate Change

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It looks like Floridians would rather have all the scientists run for president than Marco Rubio, according to a Public Policy Polling survey released last week.

After the White House released the findings from the National Climate Assessment last month that said climate change was man-made and that Florida was sinking into the ocean, Sen. Marco Rubio stepped up to the plate to lash out against science and reason.

Rubio questioned the reasons for running with just what scientists say, and that all that dirty CO2 that's coming from nuclear plants and wrecking the environment really isn't all man's fault.

"I think it's an enormous threat to say that every weather incident that we now read about is -- or the majority of them are -- attributable to human activity," Rubio told CNN in an interview following the National Climate Assessment findings.

See also: Marco Rubio Is Ignoring Threats to South Florida's Environment

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Brush Fire Puts Smoky Haze Over South Florida

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Dillon Boggs, via Twitter
South Florida looks a lot like a Renaissance painting today. The skyline and the cityscape bleed into each other with the most minuscule of brush strokes. But no, an imaginary Leonardo did not restyle South Florida to look like the Mona Lisa. What you're seeing is not sfumato; it's smoke.

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Florida Power Plants Called On to Reduce Carbon Emissions by 38 Percent

Categories: Environment

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On Monday, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed cutting carbon dioxide emissions from the nation's power plants by 30 percent by 2030 in an effort by the Obama administration to combat climate change.

And while Florida's governor has been going around reminding people he's not a scientist and, therefore, that technically precludes him from commenting on the harm climate change is bringing to the state, it would appear that Florida will play a big role in Obama's plan.

As it stands now, under the EPA's proposed plan, Florida would have to cut its carbon emissions by 38 percent -- about a third of what we're creating now.

See also: Marco Rubio Is Ignoring Threats to South Florida's Environment

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Female-Named Hurricanes Kill More Than Male-Named Storms, Study Finds

Categories: Environment

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This is Hurricane Irene. Notice how calm and loving she is.
Researchers at the University of Illinois have found that hurricanes with female names are usually more deadly than their masculine counterparts.

The research team thinks this may be because people subconsciously associate female-named hurricanes with feminine stereotypes of tenderness and affection -- kind of like the way you subconsciously picture a bunch of hairy men sticking syringes into assorted sausages when you hear "University of Illinois research team."


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Rick Scott Reminds People That He's No Scientist When Asked About Manmade Climate Change

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Two weeks after telling reporters he's not a scientist, Rick Scott reminded reporters on Tuesday that... he's no scientist!

Scott had made a stop in Miami on Tuesday when he was asked about the impact of manmade climate change.

"I'm not a scientist," he said, per the Miami Herald. He then tried to deflect the question by talking about his environmental record, which is probably not the hottest idea. But you can't blame him for that since, as he continues to remind us, he's not a scientist.

See also: Rick Scott Says "I'm Not a Scientist" as He Continues to Ignore Climate Change Issue

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Rick Scott Says "I'm Not a Scientist" as He Continues to Ignore Climate Change Issue

Categories: Environment

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Back in 2012, Marco Rubio invoked his right to tell people he wasn't a scientist when he was asked something that has a clear answer based on scientific evidence.

Now Gov. Rick Scott is also invoking that right, for the seemingly same reasons.

On Tuesday, the governor was asked if he, like many in his party and like Rubio himself, believes that climate change is not caused by humans.

Scott then dropped a truthbomb on everyone by responding, "I'm not a scientist."

See also: Marco Rubio Is Ignoring Threats to South Florida's Environment

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Fort Lauderdale Named Fifth Greenest Midsized City

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At a time when climate change is the big topic of discussion and debate between scientists and politicians, Fort Lauderdale is at least doing its part to make sure things get green.

The city is doing so much for the environment, in fact, that it was named among the top ten greenest midsized cities in the U.S.

Add this to the fact that it has been found at the top of the list in safest cities, cities with best downtowns, and most exciting cities and it's just more evidence that Fort Lauderdale is all kinds of awesome.

See also: Downtown Fort Lauderdale Named Among Top Ten Downtowns in U.S.

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Marco Rubio Is Ignoring Threats to South Florida's Environment

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Earlier this week, the White House released its National Climate Assessment, and, judging by the results of that assessment, things are looking pretty bleak for the environment. Particularly in South Florida.

Sea levels are on the rise, and South Florida is sinking.

But Sen. and presidential hopeful Marco Rubio has taken the same stance he took on the age of the Earth. Namely, he's dismissing scientific facts with political pandering and calling the president names.

See also: Marco Rubio Is Not Sure How Old the Earth Is

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