A rare cold spell in Miami, that saw temperatures dip as low as 35 degrees, had damaging effects on tropical bees in South Florida. The extreme cold spell hit in 2010, sending temperatures to record lows with temperatures remaining below 50 degrees for several consecutive days. Biological sciences researchers at FIU seized the rare opportunity to observe the impacts of such an extreme weather event on South Florida’s pollinators.

Winners of the 2016 Drive It Home Trash-Off Greek and Club Recycling Challenge have been announced as part of the Earth Day 2016 celebrations. The Florida Department of Transportation’s (FDOT) Drive It Home team partnered with The Coca-Cola Company to present this state-wide college competition. The Challenge is part of the Great American Clean-Up initiative and the state’s litter prevention education media campaign. Utilizing a social media platform, the campaign received entries from students representing various greek and social clubs from accredited colleges and universities throughout the state of Florida.

WHAT: Florida Power & Light Company and FIU will dedicate a commercial-scale solar power array at FIU’s College of Engineering and Computing that doubles as an innovative research facility.

A chemical used to disperse oil following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill has been proven to severely harm and even kill jellyfish. A study by FIU’s Southeast Environmental Research Center found crude oil and weathered oil alone did not cause significant adverse effects in moon jellyfish, a species commonly found in the Gulf of Mexico where the spill occurred.

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