MIAMI-DADE – The Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners on May 7 unanimously passed legislation to help streamline the permits for installation of solar energy systems for residences and businesses, positioning Miami-Dade as a solar leader in the Sunshine State.

Friends for Conservation and Development (FCD) joined hands with the Positive Environmental Group (PEG) in a river cleanup. The two groups canoed at Bullet Tree Falls gathering trash on the banks of the river. It was the PEG that invited FCD for the river clean-up, and the latter thanked the former for the invitation. The group continued to clean-up the Mopan River, and, as part of a project that began in November last year, the highway. On April 13 they were at it again installing more garbage drums along the Mopan River. According to the group's Facebook page "The FCD Environmental Youth Club was established by FCD which is an NGO" and was founded on April, 15, 2011.

MIAMI — Researchers have developed a new method to identify illegally trafficked European eels, and it has already led to the arrest and prosecution of smugglers in Hong Kong.

MIAMI—A study from scientists at the Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation and the University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science offers a new way to accurately map coral reefs using a combination of Earth-orbiting satellites and field observations. This first-ever global coral reef atlas contains maps of over 65,000 square kilometers (25,097 square miles) of coral reefs and surrounding habitats.

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