Environment

Environmental News and Features

Ann Thompson WVXU

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.

Metro is getting a first hand look at what manufacturers say is the fastest charging electric bus. Founder of Proterra Dale Hill says it can fully charge in about 10 minutes enabling the bus to go 40 miles. 

"People are much more aware of transit today. They want quiet. They want clean. They want comfort."

Effects of the 2012 Draught

Sep 14, 2012

Dr. Doug Inkley, senior scientist at the National Wildlife Federation, joins Thane Maynard to discuss the devastating effects of this summer’s drought on wildlife, fish and vegetation, and the ramifications it will have into the future.

The Great Outdoor Weekend

Sep 14, 2012

Brewster Rhoads from the Green Umbrella Regional Sustainability Alliance is in The Front Row with Betsy Ross to talk about next weekend’s Great Outdoor Weekend, an opportunity to participate in over one hundred environmentally friendly activities around the area.

Wild India at Zoofari!

Sep 7, 2012

It’s time again for the Cincinnati Zoo’s largest fundraising event, Zoofari, and this time the theme is Wild India. Linnea Bonacci, one of the event organizers, joins Thane Maynard to talk about the event and how the dollars raised are used in support of the Zoo.

The Row by Row Dinner

Aug 31, 2012

Gorman Heritage Farm in Evendale is hosting an event to not only raise funds, but to raise awareness of local farmers selling directly to local restaurants. The Row by Row Dinner is on September 8 and Barbara Gray learns all the details from Vicki Foster and Jamie Stoneham of Gorman Heritage Farm.

myactions.org

Aug 31, 2012

Thane Maynard welcomes Craig Young and his son, Michael, to talk about a new mobile app they have created called myactions.org to not only increase environmentally positive behaviors, but to also raise needed funds for the Cincinnati Zoo and other environmental organizations.

ZEROlandfill Cincinnati is back for a fifth year. The recycling initiative makes design samples and materials available to artists, teachers, students, or anyone who's interested.

The group says the goal is to divert waste from area landfills and promote material re-purposing. It says more than 130,000 pounds of waste has been diverted over the past four years.

All Things Biking in Cincinnati

Aug 24, 2012

Evan Wallis of Soapbox Cincinnati joins Mark Perzel to discuss all things biking in Cincinnati, including bike sharing, advice for bikers and drivers about sharing the road, the new Bike Center at the Banks, and more. Evan wrote all about biking in the August 14, 2012 Soapbox Cincinnati.

Plant Trial Days

Aug 24, 2012

The 2012 Plant Trials Day at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens is August 29. Hundreds of Master Gardeners, industry professionals, garden clubs and homeowners will gather to learn about the Zoo’s plant trialing program. Mark Perzel welcomes in Scott Beuerlein from the Cincinnati Zoo to discuss the program, which sold out early last year.

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