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Florida’s Three Major Utilities Propose 10% to 20% Rate Hikes, Citing Hurricane Damage, Natural Gas Prices

Florida’s Three Major Utilities Propose 10% to 20% Rate Hikes, Citing Hurricane Damage, Natural Gas Prices

A combination of climate-fueled extreme weather events and a reliance on fossil fuels could raise the electricity bills of many Floridians this spring. Three of the state’s largest utilities — Florida Power & Light (FPL), Duke Energy and Tampa Electric Company (TECO) — have asked the state’s Public Service Commission (PSC) to approve rate hikes […]

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    11 Fact-Checked Tweets That Show Hurricane Ian’s Catastrophic Damage

    11 Fact-Checked Tweets That Show Hurricane Ian’s Catastrophic Damage

    The storm was downgraded to a tropical storm Thursday morning as winds weakened to 65 mph. Ian continues to batter Florida as it marches north. More than 2.6 million Florida energy customers are still without power Thursday, according to the tracker PowerOutage.us. The storm is poised to become one of the costliest storms in U.S. history, according to the National Hurricane Center.

    Hurricane Ian Hits Cuba, on Track to Deluge Tampa Bay

    Hurricane Ian Hits Cuba, on Track to Deluge Tampa Bay

    Hurricane Ian – now a Category 3 and set to strengthen into a Category 4 storm – made landfall near La Coloma in southwest Cuba around 4:30 am this morning, bringing with it sustained winds of 125 mph and storm surge pushing water as much as 14 feet above normal tide levels. The storm is […]

    Bobcat in Florida Everglades Preys on Burmese Python Eggs

    Bobcat in Florida Everglades Preys on Burmese Python Eggs

    Bobcats are a common site in the Florida Everglades. Of the two native cat species found there — the other is the Florida panther — bobcats are not endangered. However, the bobcat population in the Everglades has gone down by nearly 90 percent since an exotic invasive species came to town: the Burmese python, according […]

    Prescription Drugs Are Contaminating Florida’s Waterways

    Prescription Drugs Are Contaminating Florida’s Waterways

    On the southern coast of Florida, researchers have found prescription drugs in the waterways and marine life. When medications are flushed, poured down drains, or excreted into wastewater, they can contaminate local waterways. Outdated infrastructure has been unable to filter out these contaminants. Florida International University (FIU) and Bonefish & Tarpon Trust (BTT) conducted a […]