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Judge Approves $880 Million Everglades Restoration

Everglades National Park

The Everglades (Photo: slack12 via Flickr)

The Environmental News Network (ENN) reports that a federal judge has approved an $880 million plan to restore the Everglades, a decision that could result in the settlement of numerous lawsuits spanning 25 years. In addition, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack visited Kissimmee, Florida to announce an infusino of an additional $80 million from the federal government to support farmers and ranchers who voluntarily conserve wetlands on agricultural land in the northern portion of the Everglades Ecosystem. Read more

The 21st Century Zoo

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February 21, 2011: Nearly 80 percent of Americans live in cities or urban areas. Their number one outdoor destination? The zoo. But today’s zoo has evolved far beyond the zoo we may remember from our childhood, toward being a major force in education, conservation and community leadership. Sharing his unique perspective on the vital role of the zoo is our guest, Dr. Stuart Strahl, President/CEO of the Chicago Zoological Society and Director of one of the world’s premier zoological institutions, the Brookfield Zoo in Chicago.

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The Largest Environmental Restoration Ever Attempted

The Ocean Doctor on WebTalkRadio.netAugust 16, 2010: Why success in the Everglades is a key test for our species. Our special guest: Shannon Estenoz, Governing Board Member, South Florida Water Management District and Everglades champion. Also: We take our Time Machine for a spin! And more on dispersants in the Gulf of Mexico.

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50 States – Leg 2: Florida – Oceans vs. Rocky Horror


Leg 2 was going far too smoothly. My flight to Tampa was early. The rental car bus arrived immediately. I didn’t get lost. The sun was shining. Maybe you’re like me, but when things start going this well, I get nervous. Turns out my gut feelings were right. Things were about to get…silly.

Like the expedition’s first leg to California, Leg 2 was also to familiar territory, to a state I had once called home: Florida. My many years in Florida, teaching at Seacamp in the Florida Keys, as president of The Conservancy of Southwest Florida in Naples, and co-chair of the Everglades Coalition, means that I’ll be returning here twice more to honor the flood of speaking requests I was honored to receive.

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Cuba’s Remarkable Reefs: Hopeful Stories from the Ocean Doctor

Remarkable Reefs of Cuba: Storeis of Hope from the Ocean DoctorDr. David E. Guggenheim, founder and president of Ocean Doctor and adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University, discusses his new book, “Cuba’s Remarkable Reefs: Hopeful Stories from the Ocean Doctor.” (Prometheus Books).

From the Publisher:

Since 1970, the Caribbean has lost half its coral reefs, an ominous and accelerating phenomenon reflected around the world. Beyond the heartbreak of the loss of such exquisite beauty, losing coral reefs means the annual loss of billions of dollars from the global economy and the end of a way of life for the billions who depend on these ecosystems.

Marine scientist and conservation leader Dr. David E. Guggenheim has had a front-row seat to this disaster. But when he began a new chapter of his career in Cuba, he found something completely unexpected: hope. After years of watching reefs deteriorate, Guggenheim was astonished to come face-to-face with Cuba’s remarkably healthy coral reefs overflowing with marine life. Guggenheim reveals the hidden lessons of Cuba’s reefs that could help rescue coral reefs around the world. Understanding why takes us on a journey through the island’s unique history – and our own.

While the past 60 years have seen the worst decline in ocean health in human history, Cuba’s oceans and coral reefs remain remarkably healthy, a living laboratory little seen by this generation of scientists. Which begs the question—Why are Cuba’s ocean waters so healthy? The answer is deeply entwined with the country’s extraordinary and singularly unique history, from its dramatic political past to its world-class environmental protections influenced by an unlikely partner, Jacques Cousteau.

Guggenheim tells the story of the demise of the world’s ocean ecosystems, the hard work of those trying desperately to save it, and an unexpected beacon of hope from an island full of mystery and surprise.

About South Florida Divers:

Founded in 1974, South Florida Divers is a dive club with a long legacy of diving Florida’s reefs and wrecks. Learn by diving with a skilled group of divers who know the dive boats and have worked with dive operators on the east and west coast of Florida. We participate in local reef clean-ups, reef and fish surveys, wreck sinking, and turtle-nest monitoring. We aim to protect our reefs and help our members become better divers.