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COVID-19 and climate change

How do COVID-19 and climate change relate? This year, billions of people across the globe went into self-quarantine to avoid COVID -19. People stopped driving to work, businesses shut down, and international borders closed. All of these activities… Read More

Air potato beetle larvae: new orders are on hold

Air potato vines have become a common sight across most of Florida. Efforts have been underway for many years to control the spread of this invasive, non-native vine. For the past few years, the University of Florida and… Read More

What is a carbon footprint, and why does it matter?

What is a Carbon Footprint?  Your carbon footprint is the total amount of greenhouse gasses (GHGs) that you directly or indirectly produce in your lifetime. Take the Environmental Protection Agency’s Carbon Footprint Quiz, Nature Conservancy’s Quiz, or our own Ecological Footprint Quiz to find out just how… Read More

March of the giants: The Eastern lubber grasshopper

Do you know the song, “The ants go marching one by one; hurrah, hurrah”? Picture in place of the ants, grasshoppers. Not just any grasshopper, but the Eastern lubber grasshopper, Romalea microptera. If you have ever had the… Read More

Be-at-Home with Nature: What’s in your backyard challenge?

Nature is Everywhere   Yesterday was an unusually cool day here in Sarasota. Low in humidity, high in cloud cover, with thunder in the distance, I decided to take a break on my backyard deck. As I took… Read More

Celebrating Earth Day’s 50th anniversary (with physical distancing)

April is known as Earth Month, and April 22 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. This worldwide event is celebrated every year, and is recognized as the planet’s largest civic event. Earth Day is also credited with… Read More

FAQ: Solar photovoltaic technology

Frequently Asked Questions about Solar PV By SOPHIA MOUNDOUS Sustainability Assistant, UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County This Solar PV FAQ was written for those interested in understanding the basics of solar PV technology, investing in a solar system, and more… Read More