A Little Greener

Come join friends and environmental educators, Casey and Sara, as they discuss all things nature and explore how we can all live “A Little Greener.” This weekly podcast features conversations on topics ranging from backyard birding to global conservation projects, and everything in between.

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5 days ago

Stories of mythological dragons are found in cultures around the world--and continue to be prevalent in pop culture today. But are there real-life dragons? Sara and Casey take a look at a few species that we call dragons and discuss how and why animals like this can be important in connecting people to nature.    Resources for this episode: Popular Science: Are Dragons Real? National Zoo: Komodo Dragon Beware of the Dragon: A Case Report of a Komodo Dragon Attack Australian Museum: Central Bearded Dragon Marine Bio: Leafy Sea Dragons  

Friday Sep 16, 2022

In this very special episode, Casey and Sara chat with Justin Gillis, an award-winning journalist who has written for multiple major newspapers, including the Washington Post and New York Times. He served as the lead climate reporter for the New York Times for nearly a decade. Justin has written a book, along with co-author Hal Harvey, called The Big Fix: Seven Practical Steps to Save Our Planet. The book outlines specific areas that we need to address to drive down our GHG emissions and how individuals can get involved.  The book will be available on September 20, but can be pre-ordered now. You can find more information and purchase the book here: Simon & Schuster: The Big Fix

Friday Sep 09, 2022

Casey and Sara tease next week's very special episode of A Little Greener: an interview with climate journalist and co-author of the new book, The Big Fix: Seven Practical Steps to Save Our Planet, Justin Gillis.

Friday Aug 19, 2022

Go beyond the Venus fly trap with this week's episode on carnivorous plants. Sara and Casey discuss why some plants trap prey, how different carnivorous plants work, and which one would be the most horrifying way to go out.    Resources for this episode: Let's Talk Science: Needs of Plants Southern Illinois University: Carnivorous Plants Live Sciences: Killer Petunias and Murderous Potatoes Revealed Natural History Museum: Carnivorous Plants Australian Academy of Science: The icky, sticky and quite tricky world of predatory plants Science Daily: This Plant Sucks! (But How?) Plant Physiology: Digestive Systems of Carnivorous Plants This Carnivorous Plant Evolved to Also Be a Rodent Toilet  

Thursday Aug 11, 2022

The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 recently passed through the United States Senate, and while that may not sound like it has anything to do with the environment, this bill contains a number of items related to climate and emissions reduction, and is a big step forward in fighting climate change. Casey and Sara discuss what the bill does and doesn't do, and talk about the next steps as the bill moves to the House of Representatives.   Resources for this Episode Summary of the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget: What's in the Inflation Reduction Act? What the Inflation Reduction Act Means for Climate Vox: What Could the Inflation Reduction Act Mean for You? USDOT: President Biden, USDOT and USDOE Announce $5 Billion over Five Years for National EV Charging Network, Made Possible by Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Energy.gov: Heat Pump Systems

Friday Aug 05, 2022

Sara and Casey take a look at how animals perceive color and discuss the purposes of color and patterns in nature.   Resources for this episode:  UK research shows how to build more effective monarch butterfly gardens How Do We See Color? The Eyes and Vision of Butterflies Optimizing Countershading Camouflage The 'Why' of a Leopard's Spots  

Friday Jul 29, 2022

If you're asked to picture a butterfly, odds are the image that springs to mind pretty quickly is of the beautiful orange-and-black monarch. Despite being so well known and loved, the population of migrating monarch butterflies has been declining over recent decades, leading to their recent classification of endangered on the IUCN Red List. This week, Casey and Sara break down the amazing life cycle of monarch butterflies, discuss the factors perpetuating the population decline, and share what everyone living in migrating monarch range can do to help.   Resources for this episode: US Forest Service: Monarch Butterfly Migration Retention of Memory Through Metamorphosis IUCN Red List: Migratory Monarch Butterfly

Friday Jul 22, 2022

Sara and Casey take a look at the history of the United States' Environmental Protection Agency, and explore the recent Supreme Court decision in the case of West Virginia v. EPA.   Resources for this episode: Reorganization Plan No. 3 of 1970 (Nixon's message to Congress) EPA: The Basics of the Regulatory Process Laws and Executive Orders Related to the EPA EPA Denies Petition to Regulate Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Motor Vehicles (2003) Supreme Court Opinion on West Virginia v EPA The Atlantic: How the U.S. Protects the Environment, from Nixon to Trump The Atlantic: The Supreme Court's EPA Ruling is Going to be Very, Very Expensive Allsides.com The Future of Federal Agency Rulemakings After West Virginia v. Environmental Protection Agency Law and the Multiverse: Ghostbusters and the EPA

Friday Jul 15, 2022

Although coal has played an important role in the history of our country, it has some health and environmental impacts that are difficult to ignore. In this episode, Casey and Sara continue their series on energy and take a look at the pros and cons of coal, and the state of the coal industry in the United States today.   Resources for this episode:  NASA Climate Kids: Coal US Energy Information Administration: Coal Explained Forbes: Renewable Energy Prices Hit Record Lows EPA: Sources of Greenhouse Gas Emissions End of Coal in Sight at COP26 Our World in Data: Fossil Fuels National Geographic: High Cost of Cheap Coal

Thursday Jul 07, 2022

The beach is a fun and relaxing vacation destination for many people, but it is also part of a vital habitat for many species. Sara and Casey discuss some of the ways that we can incorporate sustainability into a day at the beach.   Resources for this episode: Eco-friendly Sunscreen Guide NOAA: Sunscreen Chemicals and Marine Life PLOYS: items made from recycled pool inflatables The Ecoboard Project Sea Turtle Conservancy: What To Do If You Encounter a Sea Turtle Tour De Turtles

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