Environment

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has chosen FIU’s History Department in the Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs (Green School) as the only Florida recipient of a Humanities in the Public Square grant. The grant funds a series of public events, programs, and conversations showing how the humanities can help us come to terms with the threats to Miami from climate change.
The Seybold Canal/Wagner Creek, which merges with the Miami River, is one of the most polluted waterways in the state of Florida. Helping fund the dredging project to remove toxic sediment from this waterway was a legislative priority for the Miami-Dade Delegation this session. As a result, Representative Jose Felix Diaz, Representative Jose Javier Rodriguez and Senator Miguel Diaz de la Portilla allocated $250,000 in the state budget for the cleanup of the Wagner Creek/Seybold Canal.
2016 Sea Turtle Nesting Season and Lighting Ordinances Take Effect March 1st  Every year from March through October, sea turtles make their way onto the beaches of South Florida to lay the eggs of the next generation. In 2015, the number of nests documented by the Broward County Sea Turtle Conservation Program, which is administered and funded by Broward County and carried out by Nova Southeastern University (NSU) was the second-highest since 1981 when the program began.
FIU is shining bright – it continues to top all Florida state universities in energy performance, thanks to a series of initiatives that save the university millions of dollars a year. FIU has been the top-performing university since the State University System (SUS) began tracking the energy data in 2007.
Was there a worried phrase heard more often among western U.S. coastal managers in 2015 than "El Niño"? I’d bet not! The strongest El Niño previously recorded occurred in 1997-1998; however, almost every forecast predicted that the 2015 El Niño would be even stronger, and was shaping up to be the strongest since records began in the 1950s. A quick look at some west coast numbers associated with the last major El Niño event in 1997-1998 explains the concern. But first, the science…
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