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U.S. EPA Names Ryder a SmartWay Affiliate Challenge Award Top Honoree

Ryder System, Inc., a leader in commercial transportation and supply chain management solutions, joins an elite group of 10 SmartWay® Affiliates recognized today by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  Ryder was selected as a top honoree for the 2014 SmartWay Affiliate Challenge award, which recognizes organizations for supporting policies and practices that reduce truck emissions and improve freight efficiency.  

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Gulf recreational red snapper season set

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) set the Gulf recreational red snapper season in state waters April 16 at a meeting near Tallahassee. The season will be a total of 52 days in 2014 and will start the Saturday before Memorial Day (May 24 this year) and remain open through July 14, closing July 15.

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FWC approves sea cucumber management changes

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) at its April meeting near Tallahassee established a commercial daily trip and vessel limit of 200 sea cucumbers in both state and federal waters.

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The Fort Lauderdale Historical Society to Host Free Lecture by Dr. Steve Noll "South Florida's Water Past and Future"

In less than half a century, South Florida has gone from a land of too much water to one where the valuable resource is being stretched thinner and thinner.

On Monday, May 12, 2014 Dr. Steve Noll, a senior lecturer in the history department at the University of Florida, will talk about the history of Florida's water landscape during "Florida's Environmental History" a free lecture from 6 to 7 p.m. at the New River Inn located at 231 SW 2nd Avenue.

Noll will talk about the effect of hurricanes on Florida, Florida's impact on human existence and the impact human existence has had on Florida – from the earliest Native Americans to the Europeans to the American settlers.

"We spent the first 400 years trying to get rid of water because we thought there was too much, and now we're stuck with the fact that there's not enough. We're trying to get more," says Noll. "The water flow used to go south into the Everglades and it took a long time for us to realize that was a river, rather than just a big swamp."

Now, instead of feeding the Everglades like nature designed, water from Lake Okeechobee has been redirected by dams and other redevelopment to flow east and west. Sometimes, much of it flushed out to sea. "We've reshaped that whole area, so much so that the lake has been taken out of its own environment and doesn't contribute to the surrounding area," stated Noll.

Fort Lauderdale, he says, is a perfect place to give his lecture because much of Broward was uninhabitable by modern standards before it was redeveloped and reshaped.

But, he adds, there's still hope to set things right.

"In spite of how much we've fouled everything up I think nature has a really amazing way of restoring itself. Everyone seems to have a doomsday vision but we still have time if we make the right corrections."

Care must be taken though so that the solutions don't create their own problems.

"The solutions are sometimes more problematic than the problems," says Noll.

For more information or to RSVP for the Dr. Noll's free lecture visit www.FortLauderdaleHistoricalSociety.org.

Extreme Temperatures Affect Electric Vehicle Driving Range, AAA Says

New study conducted by the AAA Automotive Research Center shows electric vehicle driving range can be nearly 60 percent lower in extreme cold and 33 percent lower in extreme heat.

Electric Vehicles (EVs) are energy efficient and environmentally-friendly with the added benefit of reducing fuel costs for motorists. But, just as motorists need to know how far the gas in their tank will take them, EV drivers need to be aware of how far their vehicle can travel on a single charge. According to new AAA research conducted with the AAA Automotive Research Center in Southern California, electric vehicle range can be reduced by an average of 57 percent based on the temperature outside.

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Blaine Tucker Proposes Plastic Bag Ban In Hollywood, Florida

Member of environmental movement Earth First in Hollywood, Florida raises support for plastic bag ban.

Florida man Blaine Tucker recently began circulating a pamphlet in Hollywood, Florida in an attempt to raise support for a plastic bag ban in the municipality. The ban would make it illegal for stores to give customers free plastic bags for to carry their purchases, in attempt to encourage the adoption of reusable grocery bags.

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