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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Rick Scott's 'Private Gator Hunt' Fundraiser Carries $25,000 Per Person Cost

Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) is turning to one of Florida's signature animals to help boost his reelection fundraising efforts. SaintPetersBlog reported Monday that Scott is holding an Oct. 18 "private gator hunt" in New Smyrna Beach, Fla. He is running for reelection in 2014, and the cost for this event ... .

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Kyle Datta, founding partner of eBay founder Pierre Omidyar’s Honolulu-based Ulupono Initiative — which is investing big dollars in local food production, renewable energy and systems to reduce waste — likens stakeholders taking part in Hawaii's current energy industry to music. “All of us like music and for a long ... more...


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Supporters say the wind farm experiment is essential if states want to reduce reliance on fossil fuels and meet new federal rules on carbon emissions. ... more...


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I live in rural America. But my rural America is not the agricultural fields of waving grain so often imagined. It is not a land locked state in the center of our country. My county crashes up against the wild surf of the Pacific Ocean. It is filled with great ... more...


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At some point in the last few hundred years, our species pushed the thin veneer of life that coats our planet past its breaking point. We broke the biosphere, and now we own it. That's the defining premise of the epoch we're now in: the Anthropocene, and it's also the editorial ... more...


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Last year, about 900,000 people marveled at the majestic old-growth redwoods of Muir Woods. But if President Theodore Roosevelt had not saved those trees by declaring a national monument, people would be admiring a municipal reservoir rather than the majestic Cathedral Grove. The importance of national monuments was on our minds ... more...


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Blue whales cluster for long periods of time in the busy Pacific Ocean shipping lanes off the California coast, raising concern about collisions between vessels and the endangered marine mammals, a new study has found. ... more...


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The project to redevelop the Waikiki Natatorium War Memorial, which includes creating a new beach fronted by a replica World War I memorial arch that could cost more than $18 million, is gaining some traction. The City and County of Honolulu recently submitted a 141-page final environmental assessment and environmental ... more...


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When it comes to dog adoption at a busy shelter, looks matter. Luckily, a Los Angeles-based dog grooming company is here to help. Bailey was brought to a high-kill L.A. shelter in bad condition after being found on the streets. At overcrowded shelters like this one, dogs don't have much time ... more...


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What does Narendra Modi's emphatic win portend for India's natural riches? Covering just 2.2 percent of land, India harbors close to 13 percent of earth's' bird species, 7 percent of mammals, 5 percent of reptiles and 4 percent of amphibians. Of the 240 species of living carnivores, 25 percent occur ... more...


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It takes a village to raise a child and a herd of elephants to raise a calf. In the video above a group of elephants is seen wading in a river for bath time at the Elephant Nature Park, a sanctuary and rescue center in Thailand. The adults have no problem ... more...


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NEW YORK, July 23 (Reuters) - Stealing someone else's pet in New York state became five times more expensive on Wednesday after Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a law increasing the fine to $1,000. The fine, which had not been increased since 1970 when it was set at $200, applies to anyone ... more...


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A developer planning a new community in North Sacramento is looking at making a nearby park an attractive amenity for current and future residents. Sally Galli of New Faze Development said the effort to improve Dixieanne Park, at 2415 Evergreen St., began with the company’s interns but is also part ... more...


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If you're an animal that enjoys eating mayflies, and you live in the Upper Mississippi River Valley, this is your time to chow down. If (as is likely the case) you are human, you're out of luck. The annual mayfly hatch along the Mississippi River is in full swing, and on ... more...


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Last month, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed the first-ever national standard to clean up carbon pollution from power plants. Now the EPA is holding public hearings on the proposed standard in four cities. If you live near DC, Pittsburgh, Denver, or Atlanta, we hope to see you next week! Join Sierra ... more...


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Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson predicted during an interview with Salon published Wednesday that climate change will have to "get very bad" before Congress feels threatened enough to advance meaningful environmental legislation. "In my read of history, when things get very bad, people tend to come into agreement about what next steps ... more...


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