Environment

Environmental News and Features

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.

The Forest Unseen

Nov 30, 2012

David Haskell, a professor of biology at the University of the South, has written The Forest Unseen: A Year's Watch in Nature, which details his almost daily visits to a one square meter patch of an old-growth Tennessee forest in order to trace the daily changes, and the comings and goings of the seasons, wildlife

Ellen LaConte is a busy woman: acting director of the EarthWalk Alliance, contributing editor to Green Horizon Magazine and The Ecozoic Reader, publisher of the online newsletter Starting Point, and author of the new book Life Rules: Nature's Blueprint for Surviving Economic and Environmental Collapse. She provides a holistic approach to the many challenges facing our world and she is Thane Maynard’s guest this week.


Keep Cincinnati Beautiful is partnering for a free recycling drop-off Saturday. It's part of America Recycles Day.

The "One Stop Drop" site at Rookwood Commons runs 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Accepted items:

Leilani Munter - Carbon Free Girl/Race Car Driver

Nov 16, 2012

She may seem like a walking dichotomy, but Leilani Munter does not see it that way. An avowed environmental activist and vegetarian with a degree in biology, she is also a race car driver. She is using her track time and interaction with race fans as a way to spread her messages of reducing our carbon footprint and the benefits of going green. She’s on the phone to talk about her unique life with Thane Maynard in this week’s Field Notes.


Zipcar revs up in downtown

Nov 15, 2012

Cincinnati has officially launched its new car-sharing service that city officials say will give residents and commuters an alternative to driving a personal vehicle.  Mayor Mark Mallory says six of the Zipcars will be available--two at Garfield Place and Race Street, two at The Banks and two in Over-the-Rhine.

"This is a opportunity for people to not own a car, if they choose not to do that, because they can go online and sign up for a membership to Zipcar," said Mallory.

Tsetse Fly Research

Nov 9, 2012

Joshua Benoit will be an assistant professor of biological sciences at the University of Cincinnati, after completing his current work on a research project at Yale University involving the tsetse fly. He joins Thane Maynard by phone from New Haven to discuss his work in Yale’s Division of Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases, his current project, and his upcoming move to UC.


Urban Farming

Nov 9, 2012

Chelsea VandeDrink spends a few minutes with the founder of the Urban Farming organization, Taja Sevelle, who has a local focus on reutilizing rain water by capturing it in 30 barrels purchased through a grant from the Coca-Cola Company, then using that to water the community gardens Urban Farming has around Cincinnati.

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This is the last weekend for Hamilton County's free hazardous waste drop-off program. The site closes for the year Saturday.

Here are the details from the Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District:

Free to Hamilton County residents only. Bring proof of residency, such as a driver’s license or utility bill.

Locations: Environmental Enterprises, Inc.

The fate of polar bears is directly linked to their habitat, which is slowly shrinking as the result of climate change. Dr.

Feral Pigs in Ohio - And Coming This Way

Nov 2, 2012

Spoiler Alert! Cincinnati Magazine’s November issue, page 77, is not one of their most pleasant story graphics. In an article titled Hogs Gone Wild, writer Jene Galvin discusses the problem of Ohio’s feral pigs – the damage they are causing, farms they are destroying, and the unsettling fact they are coming this way. The writer joins Mark

Perzel to discuss how this problem began and what steps have to be taken to prevent further assaults on livestock and the environment.

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The green roof concept is gaining traction with builders and the eco-conscious but a successful green roof requires more than just planting some vegetation.

A University of Cincinnati pilot study finds some native plants are more successful in our climate than others.

Student Jill Bader and Assistant biology professor Ishi Buffam were surprised to discover a member of the onion family fared best.

"It looks delicate, I think. The foliage is long and thin and it has a very delicate flower. It doesn't look tough but it is," says Bader.

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A new green space is coming to the Cincinnati riverfront. Duke Energy is donating nearly a half million dollars over three years to add a garden to Smale Riverfront Park.

Spokesman Blair Schroeder says the plan is create a 'front porch' feel to the city.

"In addition to the lush gardens and large trees, you're going to have your walking paths, you're going to have granite sea walls and, of course, the park will also have large, oversized, family-sized porch swings that are suspended so visitors will have a front row seat to the scenery that passes along the Ohio River."

Richard Horan's "Harvest"

Oct 26, 2012

The book Harvest: An Adventure into the Heart of America's Family Farms tells of author Richard Horan’s coast to coast journey to work at various farms and help bring in the harvest. As he shares with Thane Maynard, the American farmer is still out there, fighting the odds and facing all challenges.

Native Plants Symposium

Oct 26, 2012

The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden will be hosting its Native Plants Symposium on November 10, presenting a day of expert and entertaining speakers talking about such topics as native trees for use in landscaping, native plants for home landscaping, and other practical advice and suggestions. One of the speakers, Scott Beuerlein from the Zoo, stops in to talk about the details of this

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The Cincinnati Park Board is arming its visitors with information. A pilot project is underway at Ault Park and Krohn Conservatory using smart phone quick response technology.

Ault Park horticulturist Dave Roberts is in demand. Plenty of park visitors seek him out to ask questions about what they are seeing.

"You know, what's in bloom, what this plant is and can I collect the seeds and can I do this in my garden and will it take over everything?"

David Quammen's "Spillover"

Oct 19, 2012

Native Cincinnatian David Quammen published his first novel at age 20, but after 3 books, realized the dire situation the world’s environment was in so became a dedicated science writer. His newest book paints a frightening picture of how infectious diseases such as AIDS and Ebola make their way more quickly around the globe, but points out that they begin in wild animals and pass to humans by a process called spillover.

Wooten is saying goodbye to the Cincinnati Zoo. The 630-pound manatee will soon be headed to his native Florida. Next month he'll return to the wild as part of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service's Manatee Rescue, Rehabilitation and Release Program. Wooten has been at the Cincinnati Zoo for the last two years.

See a video of Wooten here.

Last year another zoo manatee, Illusion, was released. The Cincinnati Zoo still has one manatee. Right now there are no plans for Betsy to leave.

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The Cincinnati Zoo will begin a massive project later this year. It plans to assess the health of all of its rare plant species stored in liquid nitrogen.

Yellowstone Park Foundation

Oct 12, 2012

The tight economy and rising prices hit everyone and every business, even a national park. Joining Thane Maynard this week is Ken Barrett from the Yellowstone Park Foundation, talking about the need for private funding to help maintain the beauty and integrity of the park. He also talks about his work with the fish population there and the increase in non-native species which are impacting the ecosystem of the native cutthroat trout.

Our friends at the Cincinnati Zoo aren’t only into protecting and preserving animals; they are also into doing the same thing for plants. In this week’s Focus on Technology, Ann Thompson reports on efforts to save endangered plant species by using test tube reproduction.

Western Wildlife Corridor

Oct 12, 2012

The Western Wildlife Corridor is working hard to improve the Ohio River Valley, specifically on the western side of Hamilton County. Stretching from Mill Creek near downtown to the Great Miami River bordering Indiana, one of the primary threats, according to WWC President Tim Sisson, is the prevalence of invasive plant species. Mark Perzel talks with Mr. Sisson about this and other threats, and how the WWC is working to improve this area of the county.

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If you live in Hamilton County you only have a few weeks left to get rid of unwanted electronics through the county’s free recycling program.

Eating Aliens

Oct 5, 2012

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.

Northside House Tour 2012

Sep 28, 2012

The 2012 Northside House Tour, presented by the Northside Community Council, starts at noon Sunday and includes many homes and businesses that have remodeled and refurbished, showing the possibilities that exist in some of Cincinnati’s older neighborhoods. The tour begins at Churches Active in Northside (4230 Hamilton Avenue)…check the website for all the ticket information.

Health Of Our Rivers

Sep 21, 2012

Thane Maynard talks in-studio with Aaron Rourke, president of Rivers Unlimited, who provides a look at the health of some of the local rivers, and the need for more community involvement in cleaning and protecting all the local rivers and streams.

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