NOAA predicts active Atlantic hurricane season with 5 to 9 hurricanes

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — The federal government predicts an unusually active 2017 hurricane season for the Atlantic Basin, with five to nine hurricanes expected to form.

Overall, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecasts 11 to 17 named tropical storms will develop in the region, which includes the Atlantic, the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico, the agency announced Thursday. The season officially begins June 1 and runs through Nov. 30

To read more…

https://www.usatoday.com/story/weather/2017/05/25/noaa-hurricane-forecast-above-normal-season-expected/102115706/?csp=breakingnews

Big Oil Faces Big Trouble in the Amazon

“I wanted to study the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef, the intricate and complex connections between the thousands of different life-forms that represent the most diverse ecosystem on the planet,” Miller told Truthout.

But in the last two years, this has all changed for him.

“I now look at the reef as an ecosystem that is suffering from our actions and I feel guilty beyond belief that this is happening in my backyard, on our generation’s watch,” he explained. “I no longer dream of the kaleidoscope of life, color and movement that represents the world’s coral reefs. Instead, I worry and fight for the actual existence of coral reefs as we know them, as the changes I see are happening all too quickly—much quicker than the reef can adapt.”

Read the complete article:

http://www.ecowatch.com/offshore-oil-brazil-amazon-reef-2410013180.html

We’ve Passed the Carbon Tipping Point For Good

According to a blog post last Friday from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, “it already seems safe to conclude that we won’t be seeing a monthly value below 400 ppm this year—or ever again for the indefinite future.” Their findings are based on weekly observations of carbon dioxide at Hawaii’s Mauna Loa Observatory, where climate scientists have been measuring CO2 levels since 1958.

Read more… http://motherboard.vice.com/read/goodbye-world-weve-passed-the-carbon-tipping-point-for-good

Lake Okeechobee pollutes St. Lucie River with 1.1 billion gallons a day

With Lake Okeechobee water levels too high and rising, polluted discharges to the St. Lucie River will increase to more than 1.1 billion gallons a day, the Army Corps of Engineers announced Thursday.

More sickening news…  http://www.tcpalm.com/story/news/local/indian-river-lagoon/health/2016/09/22/corps-increases-lake-okeechobee-discharges/90826690/

Tour Broward’s natural areas for free each week

Looking for outdoor activities for the last two weeks of summer vacation?

Weekly Naturalist-led Tours of northern Broward County’s natural areas.

The free tours last about one hour each and are organized by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Participants should bring bottled water and wear closed-toe shoes and sunscreen.

The following locations offer tours at least once each month:

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/broward/sfl-tour-broward-s-natural-areas-for-free-each-week-20160810-story.html

 

More toxic chemicals allowed in Florida waterways

TALLAHASSEE
Florida regulators voted to approve new water quality standards Tuesday that will increase the amount of cancer-causing toxins allowed in Florida’s rivers and streams under a plan that the state says will protect more Floridians than the current standards do.

“The Environmental Regulation Commission voted 3-2 to approve a proposal drafted by state regulators that would impose new standards on 39 chemicals not currently regulated by the state, and revise the regulations on 43 other toxins, most of which are carcinogens.”

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/environment/article91979107.html

State Officials Determine Non-Travel Zika Cases in Miami-Dade, Broward Are Likely Result of Local Mosquitoes

The Florida Department of Health announced Friday it had determined four Zika cases in the state were likely transmitted by local mosquitos, the first not linked to travel outside the U.S. mainland.

Read more… http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local/State-Officials-Determine-Non-Travel-Zika-Cases-in-Miami-Dade-Broward-Are-Result-of-Local-Mosquitoes-388664242.html?_osource=SocialFlowFB_MIBrand

Obama Visits Yosemite, Warns of Risks From Climate Change

President Obama warned that the country’s national parks are at risk from climate change while visiting Yosemite Falls with his family over the weekend.