Environmental Issues and Protection

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2014

    NOAA Warns of "Rapid Deterioration" of Endangered Corals Due to Deep Dredge Sludge

    A month ago, state regulators raised the alarm over silt from the Deep Dredge killing Miami corals. Now the feds are stepping in as well. According to documents obtained by New Times, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has issued a scathing set of recommendations for saving endange ... More >>

  • Calendar

    May 29, 2014
  • Calendar

    April 10, 2014
  • Blogs

    December 27, 2013

    A New Suspect Behind Florida's Mysterious Bee Holocaust: The U.S. Government

    >On a gray October day in 2011, a disheveled man in a camouflage baseball cap plunged his hands into the mounds of dead bees, pulling free a handful of the corpses. "I'm a pretty tough guy, but this is heart wrenching," he said from his Brevard County bee farm. "We work really hard on these bees to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2013

    Toxic Ash Closes Douglas Park

    Miami-Dade's newest toxic playground is the City of Miami's Douglas Park. City of Miami officials say arsenic, lead, barium and other hazardous substances have been found at levels far above the threshold considered safe for human exposure. The park will be fenced off and closed to all visitors, s ... More >>

  • News

    October 31, 2013
  • Blogs

    April 11, 2013

    Check Out These Terrifying GIFs of Miami Beach Underwater From Sea Level Rise

    When illustrator Nikolay Lamm read a recent New York Times series on how various U.S. cities would fare with projected levels of sea-level rise from global warming, he wanted to visualize that process more clearly. So Lamm contacted Remik Ziemlinksi from Climate Central, who had helped the Time ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2012

    Poisoned: A New Times Investigation Into a Neighborhood's Toxic History and Cancer Scare

    Last month, the Miami-Dade County Commission quietly passed a terrifying-sounding resolution, voting to ask health officials to travel to the small neighborhood of Broadmoor in Northwest Dade to investigate whether a recycling plant had caused a cancer cluster. Residents there made frighte ... More >>

  • Film

    August 30, 2012
  • Calendar

    August 30, 2012
  • Blogs

    February 24, 2012

    Miami Port Deep Dredge Gets Green Light in Tallahassee, Environmentalists Outraged

    ​Carlos Lopez-Cantera is having a helluva week in Tallahassee. On Monday, the Miami-based state rep requested an amendment to Florida law so that the City of Miami wouldn't have to pay taxes on the new Marlins Stadium parking garages -- never mind that such an exemption is probably unconstitutiona ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2012

    Mastermind 2012 Honorable Mention: Jonathan David Kane

    Miami New Times' Mastermind Awards honors the city's most inspiring creatives. This year, we received more than 150 submissions, which our staff narrowed to an elite group of 30. We'll be profiling our honorable mentions, and eventually the finalists, in the weeks to come. This year's three Mastermi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2012

    The Dome: Miami's Only Truly 'Green' Restaurant?

    ​There aren't any caviar bars in Coral Gables, but Rachel Dominguez is changing that when on January 28 she opens The Dome Bar and Lounge on Miracle Mile in the heart of The City Beautiful. Other than The Restaurant in Setai Hotel in Miami Beach, The Dome will be the only caviar bar in Miami- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2011

    Port of Miami's 2035 Master Plan Includes Manatee-Displacing Mega-Yacht Marina, Hotels

    Like it or not, the Port of Miami is in for some major changes​If you thought the Port of Miami's deep dredging project was controversial, get a load of this.Riptide has obtained a copy of the port's 2035 Master Plan. It calls for adding three new cruise ship berths, a mega-yacht marina near downt ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2011

    Popular Liberty City Park Contaminated

    By Theo Karantsalis ​If your child has visited a popular Liberty City park, the county suggests a lead poisoning test may be in order. Lead levels that are more than 200 percent higher than normal have been found at the 6.5-acre Olinda Park at 5100 Northwest 21st Ave., according to the Env ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2011

    Oil Reportedly Washes Up on Key Biscayne

    ​Just a year after the BP oil disaster in the Gulf and just in time for Earth Day there are reports of oil washing up on the beach at Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park in Key Biscayne. Oil has also been spotted on the shores of John U. Lloyd Beach State Park in Dania Beach.

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2011

    Acqua Four Season's Earth Hour Dinner Offers Romance With a Cause

    Image by Wovoc​Earth Hour 2011 is this Saturday, March 26 at 8:30 p.m. This global event started in Sydney, Australia in 2007, and has become the biggest display of climate activism worldwide. Hundreds of million people across 128 countries joined in the movement last year.It is difficult to imagi ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 17, 2010
  • Blogs

    May 18, 2010

    Miami Has Some of the Most Polluted Soil in the World

    ​Will Miami ever have a sensible, convenient and popular public transport system? Not any time soon, but a lot of us have cars, so who cares? Well, the very soil under your feet cares. A new study out of the University of Florida finds that urban Miami has some of the most polluted soil in the wor ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 8, 2010
  • Blogs

    December 8, 2009

    The Miami Herald: Only U.S. Paper to Publish Climate Change Editorial (and the Sentence You Didn't Read)

    via the GuardianThe logos of all the participating papers​In advance of the Copenhagen Climate Conference, which kicked off today in Denmark, 56 papers across the globe yesterday published a front-page editorial led by the Guardian calling for international action on the global warm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2009

    News Roundup

    The suspected Cat Killer has received numerous threats, forcing police to investigate them. [CBS4]Meanwhile, the Miami Herald and CBS4 won their crusade to have the kid's arrest affidavit unsealed -- kinda. It'll be released in July. [CBS4]Adam Kaufman, the Aventura developer accused of killing ... More >>

  • Calendar

    October 2, 2008

    Bless the Beasts

    Miami celebrates all creatures great and small.

  • Calendar

    August 28, 2008
  • Blogs

    August 6, 2008

    Rappers or Republicans?

    In May, we posited that southern hip-hop and Fox News share much in common. Possessing both an anti-intellectual streak and a populist one, they’re beloved by red-staters and hated on by the coastal elites, be they liberals, hipsters, Ghostface or Nas. The piece concluded: If you're still not con ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 17, 2008

    Fix The Green, Love The Green

    Get off your butt, you lazy environmentalists!

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2008

    Miami is Clean???

    Last week Forbes magazine named Miami the cleanest city in America. Yeah, I scoffed too. And so did most people commenting on the article. The study gave the most weight to air pollution and ozone levels, followed by lesser factors like water quality and per-capita spending on cleanup ... More >>

  • Calendar

    March 20, 2008

    Swamp Thing

    Party in the name of environmental protection!

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2007

    Keep Banning Those Bags

    The tide may be turning: Wal-Mart has recently announced that it will offer customers reusable bags made from recyclable materials. And, want more evidence that plastic is bad for marine mammals? Just ask Pamela Sweeney of the Marine Animal Rescue Society here in Miami. She missed the deadline for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2007

    Don't Talk Trash, Pick it Up

    Don't let it come to this, people Ever been told you have an uncanny knack for picking up trash? Now’s your chance to put your talents to good use and join the thousands of volunteers expected to gather at coastlines worldwide tomorrow in celebration of the 22nd Annual International Coastal Cle ... More >>

  • News

    June 21, 2007

    Clever Green

    Florida is starved for electricity. Some eco-renegades are growing their own.

  • Calendar

    March 29, 2007

    Go Green

    ’Cause good planets are hard to find

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2007

    Taking the LEED -- Maybe

    Holy environmental building, Batman! Miami remains one of the last places on earth to disdain pretty much any form of environmentalism. There seems to be an unspoken equation here that goes something like this: alternative energy recycling = Fidel. The equation may be changing. Plans are ... More >>

  • Calendar

    September 7, 2006
  • Calendar

    April 7, 2005
  • News

    October 10, 2002

    The Big Cypress Deal

    The cover story is conservation, but the Bush boys have their hands in the taxpayers' pockets again

  • News

    June 14, 2001

    Shadow Dwellers

    Is Miami-Dade County Manager Steve Shiver a lying little weasel? Absolutely, absolutely.

  • News

    March 2, 2000

    A Fine Mess

    Georges William was fined $500 because his name was found in a pile of illegally dumped trash. Then New Times showed up.

  • News

    March 4, 1999

    Who's Afraid of Virginia Key?

    The race to develop Virginia Key is missing only one itsy-bitsy thing: Public input

  • News

    February 4, 1999

    Trash and Cash

    Small, independent garbage haulers have always had to battle the big companies, but now they have a new foe: the City of Miami

  • News

    March 26, 1998

    Giving New Meaning to the Word Trashman

    A former top official at the Department of Environmental Resources Management is under criminal investigation for illegal dumping

  • News

    January 29, 1998

    Place Your Seatbacks in the Upright Position and Prepare for Meltdown

    The busy new Homestead airport will be just five miles from Turkey Point

  • News

    September 4, 1997
  • News

    February 6, 1997

    Into the Wild White Yonder

    Hot off the press: A newsletter to entice blacks into the outdoors

  • News

    August 29, 1996

    Where's the Beach?

    The true story behind the beach erosion explosion is politics as usual

  • News

    April 18, 1996

    Such a Deal!

    The Old South Dade Dump is an open-air museum of pollution history -- and it's all ours

  • News

    November 2, 1995

    Did You Sully That Gully?

    They're working to make Homestead Air Force Base pollution-free, but the military wants no part of the canal that flows from the base into Biscayne Bay

  • News

    January 26, 1995

    The Million-Dollar Flush

    At last an agreement between the county and the feds over Dade's sewage mess. The price could make you gag.

  • News

    July 20, 1994

    From Sassy to Tallahassee

    A brash young environmental administrator is handed a pay cut and a ticket on a fast train out of South Florida

  • News

    January 6, 1993

    Waste Erased

    Scientist Brian LaPointe wants to tame the sugar barons, corner the cat food market, and solve the sewage problems of the Florida Keys

  • More >>