Podcasts

Our podcasts focus on raising awareness about the science that underpins environmental issues. Topics include climate change, energy, sustainable living, agriculture, and threats to air, water, and wildlife.

From 2012-2016, we collaborated with WAMC Radio to produce Earth Wise, a daily segment broadcast twice a day.

We are now partnering with Pulse of the Planet which broadcasts on over 270 (national and international) stations.

Selected Podcasts

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Pickling the waters

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The effects of rock salt on streams are most dramatic in streams in urban areas. These would be streams in proximity to roads The roads would receive a lot of rock salt and eventually as that dissolves, it moves on into the streams.

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A little less salt please

Podcast

It's very important to reduce the amount of salt as much as we can when we use it on our roads in the wintertime, and there are a number of steps road service agencies can take to use less salt but still be able to keep roads free of ice and snow, and thus safe for drivers.

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From the road to the well

Podcast

In the winter, rock salt is routinely spread on our roads to keep them free of ice. We now know that the rock salt can enter into our soil, groundwater, rivers and streams and can stay there year-round, effecting the ecosystem and people. 

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Rock salt everlasting

Podcast

Rock Salt lowers the temperature at which water freezes, so it's been widely used in wintertime to prevent our roads from icing up. It's a boon for safety but there are environmental consequences. 

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Ebola and bats

Podcast

Filoviruses have devastating effects on people and primates, as evidenced by the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa. For nearly 40 years, preventing spillovers has been hampered by an inability to pinpoint which wildlife species harbor and spread the viruses.

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Mapping risk

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The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is the global authority for determining species' vulnerability in the face of threats such as habitat loss and climate change. How widely a species can be found – its geographic range – is a key indicator used by the IUCN to assign an appropriate conservation status.

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The Tick Project

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Tiny ticks are a big problem. Anyone taking a walk in the woods is advised to do a tick check. Ticks infect more than 325,000 people with Lyme disease each year, and this number continues to rise.

Predicting disease: Tracking probabilities

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Two-thirds of the diseases which infect humans are thought to originate from animals. Is it possible to predict where new disease outbreaks may occur in the future?

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Terrestrial plants and lake ecosystems

Podcast

Most of the planet's freshwater stores are found in the northern hemisphere, a region that is changing rapidly in response to human activity and shifting climate trends. A recent study analyzed 147 northern lakes and found that many rely on nutrients from tree leaves, pine needles, and other land-grown plants to feed aquatic life.

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Poor neighborhoods and mosquitoes

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Mosquito-borne diseases pose a growing risk to public health in urban areas. Asian tiger mosquitoes are a vector of high concern as they thrive in cities, live in close association with people, and can reproduce in very small pools of water.

Predicting disease: Making the leap

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Ebola, Zika, SARS they're all diseases that have been passed from animals to humans. But how does this occur?

Predicting disease: Which animal? Which country?

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Why is it that diseases emerge from some species and not from others? Is it possible to predict outbreaks of infectious diseases before they occur? 

Drugs in our waters: Solutions

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A wide range of drugs - everything from antibiotics to antihistamines, are showing in our rivers, streams and water supply and it is having an impact on our environment. What can we do about it? 

Drugs in our waters: Effects

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Pharmaceutical drugs and personal care products are showing up in rivers and streams throughout the United States and the rest of the world. What effects are they having on the environment? 

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Drugs in our waters: Artificial streams

Podcast

Aquatic ecologist Emma Rosi talks about pharmaceuticals in waterways and research into the ways they may be affecting aquatic life.

Lyme disease & opossums

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Can you guess what animal found throughout the United States is turning out to be an unsung hero helping to prevent the spread of Lyme Disease? A hint it's a marsupial, just like a kangaroo.

Lyme disease & mice

Podcast

If you want to study Lyme Disease, you're going to be tracking the animal most responsible for its spread.

Lyme disease: The Tick Project

Podcast

According to the Center for Disease Control, there are over 300,000 new cases of Lyme Disease each year in the United States. Is there a way to control its spread? 

Lyme disease & acorns

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The summer following a good mouse year, which is two summers following a good acorn year, we have found are the riskiest years for human exposure to Lyme.

Amazon in peril

Podcast

A constitutional amendment being discussed in the Brazilian Senate threatens to set back decades of conservation efforts in the Amazon.

Size matters

Podcast

One of the crowning achievements for wildlife protection in the US was the establishment of the National Wildlife Refuge system in the 1930s, when the populations of waterfowl were perilously low. 

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