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.
Many people fear bugs - some to the point of phobia (Entomophobia). But Kate Sackman of EcoMyths Alliance says, “Bugs are not out to get us." Corrie Moreau, of the Field Museum and David Wise, an ecologist at the University of Illinois at Chicago, join Sackman for our regular EcoMyths segment to talk about what we have to fear, or not, from insects.
Apex predators like bears, cougars and wolves, have been turning up recently. Will we see more of these wild predators in the coming years? For EcoMyths, Jerome McDonnell and Kate Sackman of EcoMyths Alliance explore these questions with Bill Ziegler of the Chicago Zoological Society/Brookfield Zoo and biologist Mike Redmer of the Chicago Wilderness Wildlife Task Force and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
For our EcoMyths series, Kate Sackman of EcoMyths Alliance asks, “Is it better for the environment if food waste goes into our water system through our garbage disposals - or if it does more good when we just throw it in our garbage that ends up in landfills?” To help figure it out, we talk with Professor Eric Masanet of Northwestern University and Debra Shore, commissioner of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Chicago