Midnight In The Desert — Florida

Florida may pass "Sunshine Protection Act" and go on Daylight Saving Time all year round

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Florida may pass "Sunshine Protection Act" and go on Daylight Saving Time all year round

This is a very good idea that all of North America should consider. At sunset on some beaches in Florida, a lot of people gather with a bottle of wine and applaud the sunset. An extra hour of sunshine in the evening would just extend the party. That's one reason that the wonderfully named "Sunshine Protection Act" is working its way through the Florida legislature. It makes a lot of sense; the sponsor of the bill notes that stores serving tourists would do more business, and schools could save money lighting their softball fields. Another sponsor noted: Studies have found...

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Florida's Disgusting Algae Bloom Is Now Visible From Space

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Florida's Disgusting Algae Bloom Is Now Visible From Space

An enormous algae bloom turned Florida’s Treasure Coast a gnarly shade of green last week, and now we know just what that goopy nightmare looks like from space. On July 2nd, NASA’s Landsat 8 satellite snapped some weirdly impressionistic images of Florida’s Lake Okeechobee, in which you can see billions of green microbes spawning like mad. Fueled by agricultural pollutants from upstream farms, the blue-green algae bloom was first noticed in Lake Okeechobee in early May. Since then, it’s grown to an estimated 239 square miles, blanketing roughly a third of the lake. Downstream coastal communities in Martin, St. Lucie,...

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Florida’s Coral Reef Is Disintegrating

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Florida’s Coral Reef Is Disintegrating

Florida’s coral reef, the only tropical reef in the continental United States, is disintegrating faster than scientists predicted and in a way that will accelerate as the oceans become more acidic, according to new research published Monday. University of Miami scientists called the collapse of the reef’s limestone framework, a critical habitat for fish, “unprecedented” and “cause for alarm.” “Lots of scientists think that ocean acidification is not going to be a problem until 2050 or 2060,” says Chris Langdon, a marine biology professor at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. “This is happening now....

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Dramatic roll cloud caught on camera gliding over Florida town

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Dramatic roll cloud caught on camera gliding over Florida town

Video footage has emerged of a dramatic roll cloud, gliding over the Florida town of Davie. The cloud was spotted on Tuesday, March 29 and uploaded to Twitter. Known as gust fronts, these impressive cloud formations are the result of storm-cooled air moving outward and forming a cloud barrier with the surrounding warmer air. Roll clouds and shelf clouds are two types of arcus clouds. An arcus cloud is a low, horizontal cloud formation. A shelf cloud is usually associated with the leading edge of thunderstorm outflow. Read More: Telegraph

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Florida mayors to Rubio: We’re going under, take climate change seriously

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Florida mayors to Rubio: We’re going under, take climate change seriously

A group of mayors from communities in south Florida has released an open letter to one of their senators, Marco Rubio, in which they call for a meeting to discuss the challenges posed by climate change. The mayors, from communities like Key Biscayne, Miami, and West Palm Beach, say that the challenge of climate change requires a strong presidential commitment to action, one they argue Rubio is lacking. "As mayors representing municipalities across Florida, we call on you to acknowledge the reality and urgency of climate change and to address the upcoming crisis it presents our communities," the letter reads....

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