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  1. Experts: U.S. exiting climate pact may doom some small islands

    Environment

    WASHINGTON — To small island nations where the land juts just above the rising seas, the U.S. pulling out of the Paris global warming pact makes the future seem as fragile and built on hope as a sand castle.

    FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2015, file photo, a large pile of rubbish made up of wrecked cars, washing machines and old fridges are stacked high to form a make-shift sea wall on Majuro Atoll in the Marshall Islands. To small island nations where the land juts just above the rising seas, the U.S. pulling out of the Paris global warming pact makes the future seem as fragile and built on hope as a sand castle. Top scientists say it was already likely that Earth??? ?? ?s temperatures and the world??? ?? ?s seas will keep rising to a point where some island states won??? ?? ?t survive through the end of the next century. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith, File) WX305
  2. Video: Loggerhead sea turtle found in Islamorada resident's pool

    Wildlife

    An adult female loggerhead sea turtle, discovered in an oceanside residential pool in Islamorada on Monday, has been rescued and released off the Florida Keys.

    An adult female loggerhead sea turtle, discovered in an oceanside residential pool in Islamorada on June 22, 2017, has been rescued and released off the Florida Keys. [Photo from video]

  3. Video: Wandering bear pays visit to Florida deputy

    Wildlife

    A typical service call resulted in quite the hairy visit for a Marion County deputy over the weekend.

    A bear is seen on video approaching a Marion County deputy during a service call on June 18, 2017. [Facebook]
  4. Florida Cabinet votes to buy Blue Springs, saved by long-ago secret love affair

    Water

    Florida's Cabinet voted this week to acquire 407-acre Blue Springs Park in Gilchrist County, a jewel of a spring that's been privately owned since 1958.

    A swimmer jumps from a dock into Blue Springs, a privately owned spring in Gilchrist County that the Florida Cabinet voted to buy on Thursday. It was once owned by the most powerful woman in St. Petersburg. [JOHN MORAN | Special to the Times]
  5. Filling sinkhole taking longer than expected, Mosaic says

    Water

    Phosphate giant Mosaic expected to be finished by now with filling in the massive sinkhole that opened up at its Mulberry processing plant last August. But it's not.

    An aerial of a massive sinkhole that opened up underneath a gypsum stack at a Mosaic phosphate fertilizer plant in Mulberry. [JIM DAMASKE   |   Times]
  6. Surveillance camera captures Florida man finding 3-foot python under car's hood

    Wildlife

    Diane Walsh saw her husband run into their Bradenton garage. Once she found out why, she was ready to start running herself.

    Thomas Walsh of Bradenton found a 3-foot python under his car's hood when he went to check why the Chevy Impala wasn't starting. (WTSP)
  7. Cheeto the sea horse almost became a snack. Now read about Funyun

    Wildlife

    CLEARWATER — A sea horse called Funyun was released into the wild Monday after tourists found her washed up in the sands of Indian Rocks Beach.

    Clearwater Marine Aquarium’s Don Stansell wades to a grass flat to release “Funyun” on Monday.
  8. Florida to hire more python hunters, expand their territory

    Wildlife

    MIAMI — Florida is hiring more python hunters and expanding the area where they can stalk the invasive snakes.

    A Burmese python moves through the grass during a demonstration by the Florida Fish and Conservation Commission for the news media to promote the Python Challenge in 2015. Florida is hiring more python hunters and expanding the area where they can stalk the invasive snakes. [Associated Press]
  9. A fellow military friend helps find Lithia couple's missing emu in Hillsborough County

    Wildlife

    LITHIA — The beloved emu of Lithia couple finally made it back home on Thursday after it had been lost for more than a week.

    Easter the Emu was found in Hillsborough County after he had been missing since June 2.  [Courtesy of Wayne Lohf]
  10. Photos: Pasco deputy helps trap large gator found roaming around Wesley Chapel neighborhood

    Wildlife

    A large alligator was safely removed Thursday night after it was discovered roaming a Wesley Chapel neighborhood.

    A deputy with the Pasco County Sheriff's Office helped trap a gator that was discovered romaing around a Wesley Chapel neighborhood. [Pasco Cty Sheriff's Office]