While some seeds seem to be immortal, most seeds don't last forever—unless they're carefully stored in seed banks or in some cases, preserved in liquid nitrogen. This is critical because many plants are under threat of disappearing forever—about 68 percent of evaluated plant species. We’ll do Seed Banking 101 with Kate Sackman, Murphy Westwood of Morton Arboretum and Kayri Haven of Chicago Botanic Garden.
With the centennial of the Armenian genocide around the corner, the international community is bringing light to the killing of 1.5 million Armenians by the Ottoman Empire. We talk to Peter Balakian about the rhetoric behind this international debate. Refugee One also joins us on the show to talk about the growing number of Syrian refugees and we host our monthly EcoMyths segment.
With busy lives, caring for the environment can seem overwhelming, but EcoMyths Alliance says being green takes less time and effort than you think. We ask two experts to help bust the myth that you’re “too busy to care for nature”. Kevin Ogorzalek of the Center for Humans and Nature and John Barrett with the Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods, will tell us how doing just a little, every day, makes a huge difference.
Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff is facing stiff opposition from protesters as people take to the streets and call for her impeachment. We also look at an art exhibit about a controversial Northern Irish tradition and microplastics are featured on this month's EccoMyths.
Plastic makes up 90% of trash picked up in Trash Free Seas ocean cleanups, according to research by Ocean Conservancy. Experts says microplastics - pieces of plastic smaller than 5 millimeters (just under a fifth of an inch) - are as dangerous as 2-liter bottles you might see floating in Lake Michigan or the “Great Pacific garbage patch”. Kate Sackman of EcoMyths Alliance brought experts to find out why microplartics are a big hazard.
Kate Sackman of EcoMyths Alliance says that, “Many environmental organizations use scare tactics to motivate people to take action...For most people, the end result is that they are overwhelmed and too discouraged to act.” For our EcoMyths series, we’ll talk with Sackman and Diane Wood, president of the National Environmental Education Foundation about different methods to inspire people to live "green".
Climate Change is affecting the sleep of certain wildlife, like marmots. They’re a species of large rodents in the squirrel family, such as groundhogs. For our EcoMyths segment, we'll talk about how marmots sleep with Steven Sullivan, senior curator of urban ecology at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum and Daniel Blumstein, professor and chair of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at UCLA.
As the winter chill starts to descend on Chicago, many are gathering their wood kindling. But how energy-efficient and sustainable is wood-burning? For our EcoMyths segment, we’ll get the answer from Kate Sackman of EcoMyths Alliance and her guest, Craig Wright, director of the New Hampshire Air Resources Agency.