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
Kate Sackman of EcoMyths Alliance says: “Too often, we think of nature and art as unrelated experiences. One is outside, the other is inside. But...when that art speaks to us, it...deepens our connection with the world...” Alaka Wali, anthropology curator at the Field Museum, joins us to share why she believes, “engaging with art, whether viewing or making it yourself, gives you a visceral experience. This aesthetic, emotional experience [can be a] great way to engage with nature.”
The science is clear that trees help reduce the effects of Climate Change because they remove carbon dioxide from our atmosphere. For our "EcoMyths" segment, Kate Sackman joins us to talk with Robert Fahey from Morton Arboretum. They want us to know that “treehugging is cool” for us and the environment. Fahey studies forest ecosystems and urban forestry and admits to hugging trees, but clarifies that it's "usually for research purposes."
Paper or plastic?"The answer may be "neither." "The science shows that moving from plastic to paper is not necessarily 'greener,'" says Northwestern University’s Eric Masanet. He joins Kate Sackman from EcoMyths Alliance to make the comparisons.