Thursday, August 29, 2019
Mangroves, Climate Change And Hurricanes. (NPR/WJCT)
Listen to the locally-originated story from NPR this morning, discussing our St. Augustine area and the key role of mangrove trees in protecting us from ocean level rise and flooding. Mangroves also fix carbon in the soil.
Since 2016, I have been singing the praises of mangroves since attending the fourth international Mangroves and Microbenthoes Meeting (MMM4), sponsored by UF and Flagler College. No charge for locals to attend,
In sharp and marked contrast, the City of St. Augustine and St. Johns County paid for another climate-related international conference, one mismanaged by Flagler College Professor Leslee Keys, and now under federal in investigation, the June 2019 Keeping History Above Water Conference.
Footnote: I met with two EPA OIG Special Agents here in St. Augustine on August 27, 2019 at the office of attorney Tom Cushman. EPA OIG is investigating my Standards of Official Conduct complaint about misfeasance, malfeasance and nonfeasance by the EPA's controversial, very-revealingly-named "Office for External Civil Rights.
EPA OECR's maladroit response to my Title VI complaints about St. Augustine pollution and the discriminatory, secretive Keeping History Above Water conference excluding the public and denying me a press pass or scholarship are under investigation by the EPA Office of Inspector General.