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WVXU news staff

The Ohio EPA is holding a public hearing Tuesday night on Rumpke's request to increase the amount of odor neutralizer being used at its Colerain Township site.  The new permit would allow the company to use up to 2,741  gallons of the neutralizer mixed with more than 2.7 million gallons of water monthly. 

The deodorizer is made from essential plant oils, mainly from fruits and vegetables.  It's applied using 200 spray nozzles attached to more than 6,100 feet of hose, 20 industrial fans and mobile spray dispensers

Taking a walk with different eyes

Mar 29, 2013

Alexandra Horowitz, author of the New York Times bestseller Inside of a Dog, has recently published a fascinating look at the world around us with the help of additional sets of eyes. On Looking: Eleven Walks with Expert Eyes recounts 11 walks, mostly through her New York neighborhood, accompanied by a different expert: geologist, urban sociologist, sound designer, child, and others. She details what they see and what they hear, and how that’s different than what she sees and hears. She’s on the phone with Thane Maynard to talk about this fascinating experiment and ultimately what she learns from it. She also mentions a study of human-dog play that is accepting videos through Sunday night.


7,000 cities around the world will be participating in the Earth Hour Challenge Saturday night between 8:30-9:30 p.m. It started with one city in 2007 and is now sponsored by the World Wildlife Fund. People are asked to turn out their lights for one hour to show concern for the environment. 

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Now that spring is here, yard work is certain to follow.

The Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District’s free yard trimmings drop-off sites re-open Saturday, March 23.

You must be a county resident and bring proof such as a driver’s license or utility bill.

Zoo's Barrows Lecture Series: Dr. Colleen Begg

Mar 22, 2013

The first guest speaker for the Cincinnati Zoo’s Barrows Conservation Lecture Series is Dr. Colleen Begg, founder of the Niassa Lion Project in Mozambique. She and her husband are working diligently to protect lions from the hazards of hunters and loss of habitat. Dr. Begg is on the phone from Mozambique to talk with Thane Maynard about her efforts in advance of her appearance at the Zoo on Wednesday, March 27.


Spring is in Bloom

Mar 20, 2013
Sarah Ramsey

The first day of Spring has finally arrived. A great way to celebrate the season is with beautiful flowers and plants from Krohn Conservatory. The rich vibrant colors make the new season come alive.

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Cincinnati, known for its advanced water technology, is looking to cash in on the innovation and help other cities in the process.

At a Monday news conference City Manager Milton Dohoney announced the formation of a Global Water Technology Hub. He said, "This is the next step of carrying Cincinnati's legacy of being an historic water innovator and this technology will also be an accelerator for technology and innovation in the water industry."

"Eating Aliens"

Mar 15, 2013

Jackson Landers, a hunter, writer and adventurer, recently spent a year and a half tracking down and eating invasive species from around the world. He’s written a book about what he ate and where called Eating Aliens and he talks about the reasons behind this adventure with Thane Maynard.


EcOhio Program in Warren County

Mar 8, 2013

The Cincinnati Zoo is so much more than animals. Not only is it a leading botanical garden, but there are offsite programs to help protect and reclaim the environment. Their EcOhio sustainability program works around the Zoo in Avondale, but also at the Bowyer Farm in Warren County, where a recently completed wetland reclamation project has returned 24 acres to its natural habitat. Brian Jorg led this initiative and he’s Thane Maynard’s guest on today’s Field Notes.


Ohio Alleycat Resource

Mar 1, 2013

It’s probably not a surprise to hear that there are too many cats roaming the streets of Cincinnati. Feral, abandoned, lost…these cats are often not spayed or neutered, and that leads to more and more litters of homeless kittens. But as Thane Maynard learns, there is an organization working to address this problem. He welcomes in Devon Smith, Spay & Neuter Clinic Director for Ohio Alleycat Resource, who talks about the three ways her organization is trying to reduce the stray cat population.


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This Baby Gorilla arrived at the Cincinnati Zoo today on a private flight.  The four week old was born at the Glady Porter Zoo in Brownsville, TX. 

 

Ending Poaching in Africa

Feb 22, 2013

Thane Maynard is on the phone with Pratik Patel, founder of Safari Legacy and of the African Wildlife Trust in Tanzania. The AWT is working diligently to fight the epidemic of poaching of the majestic African elephants. Their efforts include not only the poachers themselves, but the businesses and individuals who reward poachers by purchasing the ivory they illegally gain by killing the elephants.


Richmond, Indiana's Environmental Sustainability Commission is rolling out its plans for the future.

The volunteer organization was created last spring by the mayor. Chair Stephanie Hays-Mussoni says the commission is focusing on education to improve water quality, recycling efforts and other environmental programs.

College of Mt. St. Joseph Receives NSF Grant

Feb 15, 2013

In a tremendous coup for a smaller, private university, Dr. Jill Russell and the College of Mount St. Joseph have been awarded a $500,000 National Science Foundation grant to study the ever-changing cycle of bird migration. Dr. Russell is on the phone with Thane Maynard to discuss how they secured this prestigious grant and what exactly they are studying and the methodology they are using.


Sustainable Urban Landscape Symposium

Feb 15, 2013

As our urban population continues to grow, the desire for more green and growing space also continues to grow. On February 27, the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens will hold a Sustainable Urban Landscape Symposium featuring a panel of knowledgeable and well-respected experts discussing a wide range of ideas and solutions to maintaining the natural world in an urban setting. Scott Beuerlein from the Cincinnati Zoo will be one of those experts, and he’s in the studio with Mark Perzel to discuss the symposium.


How Smart are Dogs?

Feb 8, 2013

On the eve of the Westminster Dog Show, everyone believes their dog is smart and you may think yours is the smartest ever. Either way, there is no denying the research that dogs do have an innate intelligence. One man has centered his professional life on researching the intelligence of dogs, and he joins Thane Maynard on the phone. Brian Hare is a professor of Evolutionary Anthropology at Duke University, where he founded the Duke Canine Cognition Center. He’s on the phone to discuss his latest book, The Genius of Dogs: How Dogs Are Smarter than You Think.


Forensic Entomologist Dr. Greg Dahlem from NKU

Feb 1, 2013

Dr. Greg Dahlem from Northern Kentucky University’s Department of Biological Sciences joins Thane Maynard to discuss his unique field of study, Forensic Entomology, and his current research trying to unravel the evolutionary relationship of flesh flies and blow flies using DNA.


Many locals know and enjoy the first-class system of parks Hamilton County has to offer. And while the county’s parks are busy with picnickers, golfers and boaters during the summer, the cold weather months provide a wealth of activities, and a chance for visitors to experience nature from a different perspective.

Listen Thursday morning  January 31, as we hear what’s going on at Hamilton County parks this winter. Impact Cincinnati, on 91.7, WVXU.

Our guest on Impact Cincinnati this week is Hamilton County Park District Marketing Communication Coordinator Kimberly Whitton.


Part Wild: living with a wolfdog

Jan 25, 2013

Ceiridwen Terrill is an associate professor of science writing and environmental journalism at Concordia University in Portland, Oregon and several years ago adopted a wolfdog (part husky, part grey wolf) to be her protector and fellow traveler. Have a pet that is torn between being a domestic pet and a wild animal made for a fascinating journey, which she has vividly captured in her book Part Wild: One Woman's Journey with a Creature Caught Between the Worlds of Wolves and Dogs. She talks with Thane Maynard about this experience and her advice for others who are considering adopting a wolfdog.


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Officials are working to update the city's sustainability plan called Green Cincinnati.  

Environmental Quality Director Larry Falkin said it's the roadmap preparing the city to be environmentally, economically and socially successful in competitions with other cities and parts of the world.  

The plan was drafted in 2007 and city council adopted it a year later.  

Now Falkin said it's time for an update.

UC's Dr. Ron Millard

Jan 18, 2013

For all the giraffe lovers out there, you’ll enjoy Thane Maynard’s conversation with Dr. Ron Millard from U.C.’s Department of Pharmacology & Cell Biophysics in the Medical School. He studies circulation and physiology of animals, including the challenge of determining the circulation and blood pressure in giraffes.


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An endangered Brazilian ocelot kitten is the latest birth at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden. 

A release from the zoo says the kitten was born New Year's Eve after an artificial insemination from the zoo's resident male ocelot, "Monsieur."  This birth represents the fifth pregnancy worldwide in ocelots resulting from artificial insemination.   

Both the mother, Sala and the kitten are currently being housed in a quiet off-exhibit location but likely will be transferred to the ocelot exhibit in the Zoo’s Night Hunters building later this spring for public viewing. 

Dr. Ian Tattersall is currently Curator Emeritus in the Division of Anthropology of the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. He is working on a project to document the major fossils in the human fossil record. He takes a few minutes away from his work to join Thane Maynard to discuss this project as well as his long-standing work on the science of what makes us human.


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A trio of deputies from the Environmental Protection Agency, Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Transportation toured sites along Cincinnati's proposed streetcar route Thursday. They're checking out sustainability projects such as rain gardens and housing developments.

Rumpke says it will build a 32-million dollar recycling center in Saint Bernard to replace its former facility destroyed by fire last year.

In a release the company says the facility will be 85-thousand square feet and will create one of the largest and most technologically advanced residential recycling systems in the U.S.  It will be capable of sorting up to 55 tons of material every hour, more than doubling the capabilities of the previous system.

Rumpke estimates the new facility will bring about 100 new jobs to St. Bernard.

Fossil and Fragment Geological Research at UC

Jan 4, 2013

Dr. Joshua Miller from the University of Cincinnati’s Department of Geology joins Thane Maynard to discuss his work collecting and researching fossils and other historical fragments to better understand the population and geographic movements of earlier cultures. He has traveled to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (AK), Yellowstone National Park (WY), Denali National Park (AK), Isle Royale National Park (MI), the Wind River Mountains (WY), and Amboseli National Park (Kenya) to seek out information on the movements and ecological challenges faced by early man.


Wild Cincinnati

Dec 21, 2012

Do you know the tremendous variety of critters and fauna that you can find in and around Cincinnati? It’s probably more than you imagine, so Thane Maynard’s guest, author Lynne Bachleda, is here to help with her new book Wild Cincinnati: Animals, Reptiles, Insects and Plants to Watch Out for at Home, at the Park and in the Woods.

Hiking Around Cincinnati

Dec 14, 2012

Even as winter sets in, that’s no reason not to get outside for some fresh air and exercise. Joining Thane Maynard this weekend is Tammy York, author of 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Cincinnati: Including Clifton Gorge, Southeast Indiana, and Northern Kentucky. As they discuss, hiking in the winter offers a different look at the trails and paths you normally hike in the summer.


Snow Leopard of Afghanistan Filmmaker Tony Gerber

Dec 7, 2012

Emmy-nominated filmmaker Tony Gerber joins Thane Maynard to discuss his film Snow Leopard of Afghanistan, which kicks off the National Geographic WILD channel’s Big Cat Week on Sunday, December 9 at 8:00 pm. Gerber followed big cat expert Boone Smith and a team of conservationists into war-torn Afghanistan in search of the snow leopard in order to help preserve the species.


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A new report sings the praises of solar in Cincinnati.

The group Environment Ohio hopes Cincinnati follows the lead of such solar giants as Ann Arbor, Phoenix and Toledo. Co-author of the new report, called Building a Solar Cincinnati, Christian Adams, wants the city to get 10% of its energy from solar by 2030. He says certain barriers remain like up front cost but suggests third-party financing.

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