Confetti’s impact on the environment

Confetti’s sparkle can add extra fun while you are celebrating, but where does it go afterward? All it takes is a moment to toss confetti in the air while celebrating. But, the impacts on the environment are felt much longer than that. The Merwin Hall Boardwalk on FGCU’s campus has become a popular place for […]

New device from FAU makes it easier to track, study red tide

Red tide is blooming once again at high levels around Englewood Beach and Gasparilla Pass, as well as at medium levels around Marco Island and at low levels around Sanibel. It is a complex organism with a fast lifespan, but a new device may make it much easier for scientists to detect and study.

Coral reef near Fort Myers Beach shows Gulf rebounding from Ian

After Hurricane Ian, our environment at the sea bottom was left in disarray, but we can see it recovering six months later. One famous coral reef off the coast of Fort Myers Beach, 240 Ledge, is an exemplar of that recovery. The reef lies 24 miles offshore and 60 feet down. In videos from 2019, […]

Red tide research not slowing down despite shrinking bloom

People living in Southwest Florida can breathe easier now that red tide has lessened along our coast. Scientists studying the harmful algal bloom explained to WINK News why sampling and studying now is just as important as when we see a severe bloom.