Gulf Coast Energy Network (GCEN) has recently launched Girls Gone Green TV Educational Series designed to highlight green innovation and sustainable initiatives across the Gulf Coast. The show strives to encourage and empower girls of all ages to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math in a family-friendly format that is both entertaining and informative. The project attracts superb female mentors and the next generation of energy and technology professionals and help girls to pursue their dreams by getting their careers in STEMS field.
Beginning January 1, 2014, any person applying fertilizers "for-hire" to an urban landscape must have a license from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. This is due in part to encourage safer practices when applying fertilizer. This law was put into place because of water quality issues that are due to non-point source pollution, like fertilizer and pesticide run off.
Floridian Scientists, Officials Call on Presidential Candidates to Debate Sea-Level Rise Threatening 40% of U.S. Population
Reducing short-lived climate pollutants can provide fast mitigation
More than a hundred scientists and government officials in Florida called on the Presidential candidates to address the danger of sea level rise at the third and final presidential debate in Boca Raton on October 22. Sea levels have already risen by nearly 8 inches on Florida’s coasts and could cost the state billions to repair and reinforce drainage, water supply systems, roads and other infrastructure to cope with the rising water. At current rates, sea level rise will increase by 50% by 2060, a conservative estimate according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Above-normal rainfall during the summer rainy season has brought significant improvement to water resources not seen in more than seven years in the Southwest Florida Water Management District’s region.
Many of the District’s lakes, rivers and aquifers have recovered after a four-year drought which started in 2005. Rainfall totals from the four-month rainy season show above normal averages across the District.