The Emerald Ash Borer is a wood boring beetle that's killed tens of millions of ash trees in the U.S. and on its way to ruining millions more. Cutting down these trees is just one way to get rid of the pest, but it’s not enough. Jerome and Kate Sackman from EcoMyths Alliance talk with two experts about other options and the tree's significance to Chicago.
People often assume that the best way to dispose of unused pharmaceuticals is to flush them down the toilet or pour them down the drain. But the EPA and FDA backed off this recommendation. Medicines are among the thousands of “chemicals of emerging concern” in our drinking water that the EPA and scientists now monitor. Jerome McDonnell and Kate Sackman from the EcoMyths Alliance discuss flushing medicines with two experts.
A recent Stanford University study about the health value of organic produce stirred up a lot of conversation. Is organic produce overrated? Is sustainable produce too costly in terms of price or carbon footprint?
The myth: It's the responsibility of local governments to deal with stormwater when it rains. The facts: The first line of defense is the property owner. The cumulative efforts of whole communities has significant impact on the quantity and quality of stormwater that ends up in our lakes and rivers.
What would it taste like to eat a cricket? That’s what contributor Kate Sackman wondered recently while watching a mother bird feed its fat, hungry babies. As it happens, Chicago's Brookfield Zoo has an insect chef.