Scientists Work With Cuba To Bring Lost Orchids Back To Fla. State Park

"With their garish blooms, there's something special about orchids, and in the U.S., no place has more native species than Fakahatchee Strand Preserve. The state park in Southwest Florida was the setting for the 1998 book The Orchid Thief. Scientists there are working to bring back varieties lost through the years to poachers and habitat destruction."

Source: NPR, 11/11/2015

"Louisiana's 50-Year Coastal Master Plan Seen as $71 Billion Short"

"Louisiana's projections for funding its 50-year master plan for coastal restoration and hurricane storm surge protection are at least $71 billion short of the inflation-adjusted $91.7 billion price tag, according to a study released Friday (Nov. 6) by the Tulane Institute on Water Resources Law & Policy."

Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune, 11/10/2015

"Erasing Mossville: How Pollution Killed a Louisiana Town"

A little Louisiana town named Mossville, founded in the 1790s, was one of the first communities of free African-Americans in the South. Today it is surrounded by petrochemical plants. Its residents are often sick -- many say it is because of toxic emissions from the plants. They have gotten little or no help from the government. Now the company that owns the nearby plant wants to buy up all of the houses, which would consign Mossville to oblivion.

Source: The Intercept, 11/06/2015

"Failed Barataria Dolphin Pregnancies Linked To BP Spill"

"Only two of 10 Barataria Bay bottlenose dolphins that were found to be pregnant in 2011, a year after the BP Deepwater Horizon explosion oiled the bay, had successful pregnancies. And the survival rate through July 2015 for adult dolphins that were given health assessments in the bay in 2011 is 10 percent lower than found in two studies of dolphins in un-oiled Sarasota Bay, Fla."

Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune, 11/04/2015

"Study Shows Extensive Coral Damage Related To BP Spill"

"NEW ORLEANS - Gulf coral damage from the massive BP oil spill is more extensive than previously thought, according to a new study that revealed sick and dying corals in the rich, deep-water environment off the coasts of Alabama and Mississippi known as the Pinnacles."

Source: AP, 10/30/2015
November 6, 2015

"Reporting on Fracking" Conference

This event, at Berea College hosted by Eastern Kentucky University’s Department of Communication and student chapter Society of Professional Journalists and Berea College’s Department of English, offers a full day of information and reporting tips from government, industry, and environmental leaders along with journalists covering environmental issues. Only $10; pre-registration required.

"Environmental Groups Challenge State Settlement With Duke Energy"

"RALEIGH, N.C. -- Conservation groups have asked judges in Wake and Mecklenburg counties to reject a $7 million agreement between [North Carolina] and Duke Energy to settle years of groundwater contamination violations."

Source: Charlotte Observer, 10/14/2015


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