Back from the verge: the global effort to save coral from climate change

Underwater nurseries encouraging growth of coral fragments on fibreglass offer glimmer of hope for endangered ecosystems As an ocean early warning system, coral reefs have been sounding the alarm for years. They have been bleached white by marine heatwaves and killed off en masse by a combination of factors including pollution, overfishing, acidification and climate […]

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Hurricane Michael: rubble of obliterated Mexico Beach yields new victim

Searchers raise official death toll from category four blizzard as officials say 285 people may have defied evacuation order Rescuers intensified their efforts on Saturday in the attempt to find survivors amid the wreckings of a small Florida Panhandle community that was nearly obliterated by Hurricane Michael. One body had already been recovered. Crews with […]

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The husband also rises: Mr Paula Deen wins Hemingway lookalike contest

After nine tries, Michael Groover depicts highlighted the importance of being Ernest in Key West bar that has held its immovable feast since 1981 After nine tries, the spouse of celebrity chef Paula Deen has won the Ernest Hemingway Look-Alike Contest, which is held annually in the Florida city where the writer lived and worked […]

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Toxic ‘red tide’ algae bloom is killing Florida wildlife and menacing tourism

This year 267 tons of marine life, including thousands of small fish and 72 Goliath groupers, have washed up along 150 miles of the Gulf Coast from the unrelenting bloom With its long, white, sandy beaches, Sanibel Island off the coast of south-western Florida is usually a perfect place for families to enjoy these last […]

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Hurricane Irma: how the Florida Keys’ paradise became a ‘humanitarian crisis’

Flattened buildings, rubble, a lack of water, fuel and food: after the storm wreaked havoc on the islands, Ed Pilkington asks survivors why they remained put Even before you reach Marathon, the signs aren’t good. As you drive down US 1, flanked on either side by a paradoxically mirror-glass ocean, strange objects start to appear […]

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Thousands in Florida coastal region haven’t experienced a hurricane

The high winds of Hurricane Matthew roar over Baracoa, Cuba, on Oct. 4. A lot has changed since a major hurricane last hit Florida, in 2005. Twitter was not a thing. HBO was best known for The Sopranos. Barack Obama was a guy who devoted a moving speech at the Democratic National Convention SEE ALSO: […]

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U.S. Officials Claim Manatees No Longer Endangered And Should Be Downlisted

The West Indian manatee, which calls the waterways and coastlines of Florida home, should no longer be classed as jeopardized and should be downlisted, in agreement with the U.S. Fish& Wildlife Service( FWS ). The rotund, slow-moving herbivore has recovered in numbers over the last 50 years to such an extent that the strict rules […]

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