Florida State University is becoming a player in the nation’s struggle to clean up nuclear waste and Cold-era weapon production sites. That’s because the university recently received a $10 million grant from the Department of Energy to create an “Energy Frontier Research Center.” The new center’s goal is to speed up research that would help these sites. It will look at clean up solutions including recycling used nuclear materials. We’ll talk about the center, its mission and Florida State University’s history as a staple for nuclear chemistry research.
This year’s legislative session will look at a number of bills involving medical marijuana. The state created an outline for its initial medical marijuana industry in 2014. It allows for the production of a non-euphoric strain of cannabis. Now, some legislators want to expand the current program – or just create an entirely new system.
The Argentine black and white tegu is one of the newest, biggest threats to Florida’s natural wildlife. The large, invasive lizard was first noticed in the wild roughly 10 years ago. Now, it has two main breeding populations and biologists are trying to contain them. They want to stop tegus from becoming established throughout the state.
A Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation commissioner is seeking a permit that would give her and other landowners legal coverage if they were to kill or harass endangered animals while developing thousands of acres in eastern Collier County.
The land includes habitat for the Florida panther. The commission helps oversee the species’ rebound.
This comes as the agency rethinks its role in the panther’s recovery plan. Some environmental organizations worry about the state’s timing.
Environmentalists urged the South Florida Water Management District to purchase land for Everglades restoration at its governing board meeting in West Palm Beach Thursday. They’re worried the district will not act in time to buy the land.