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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You may have seen recent headlines about the loss of 69% of wildlife from 1970. This data comes from a World Wildlife Fund project called The Living Planet Index, which comes out every two year. Casey and Sara take a look at the report, highlighting what it shows, what it doesn't, what the major areas of concern are, and where we go from here. Resources for this episode: A Deep Dive into the Living Planet Index Living Planet Report 2022 National Geographic: Wildly Misinterpreted Report Still Shows Catastrophic Animal Decline (2018)

Friday Nov 25, 2022

Turkey for Thanksgiving dinner is a big tradition in the United States, but how much do you know about the bird itself? Sara and Casey discuss some of the features of the wild turkey and take a look at their conservation success story.   Resources for this episode: PBS: Wild Turkey Fact Sheet The Cornell Lab of Ornithology: Wild Turkey Audubon New York: How Wild Turkeys Made a 49-state Comeback NC State College of Natural Resources: Talking Turkey: How the Bird Made a Comeback in North Carolina Audubon: Let's Talk Turkey Beards National Wild Turkey Federation: History of the Wild Turkey in North America Florida Fish and Wildlife: Living With Wild Turkeys The Peregrine Fund: Did Ben Franklin Really Want the Wild Turkey to be the National Symbol of the United States? The Franklin Institute: Did Benjamin Franklin Want the National Bird to be a Turkey?

Friday Nov 18, 2022

The moon is a constant in our lives. Most of us have marveled at a full moon, some of us remember when man first walked  on the moon, but what we probably don't think about much is how the moon impacts life on Earth. In this episode, Casey and Sara discuss the ways, both large and small, that the moon affects our world. Resources for this episode: Natural History Museum: How Does the Moon Affect Life on Earth? Institute of Physics: How Does the Moon Affect Earth? Nature: Pull of the Moon NASA: Earth's Moon Science News: How the Moon's Light Affects Animals Lunar and Planetary Institute: The Moon's Influence on Us

Friday Nov 11, 2022

We're well into the fall season here in the northern hemisphere, so Sara and Casey take a look at what causes those brilliant fall colors, and why trees lose their leaves in the fall, anyway.  Resources for this episode: National Weather Service: Why Do We Have Seasons? Young People's Trust for the Environment: Why Do Trees Lose Their Leaves in Winter? Three Rivers Parks: Why Do Leaves Change Color in Fall? Three Rivers Parks: Why Do Some Trees Keep Their Leaves Through Winter? Forestry and Land Scotland: Why Do Trees Lose Their Leaves? University of Florida: Florida Fall Color WCJB: Where to Find Fall Colors in NCFL  

Friday Oct 28, 2022

As Halloween approaches, we take a look at an animal that is sometimes considered spooky: the spider. From "excessive leggy-ness" to powerful venom, Casey and Sara discuss why people might be creeped out by spiders, and whether or not they really deserve their bad reputation (spoiler alert: they don't).    Resources for this episode:  National Geographic: Spiders Evolved Spare Legs WSJ: Spiders' Legs are Hydraulic Masterpieces Why 8 Eyes Are Better Than 2 (If You're a Spider) [VIDEO] Scientific American: Fact or Fiction? People Swallow 8 Spiders a Year While they Sleep Eight Fun Facts About Black Widows Penn State Extension: Brown Recluse Spiders Natural History Museum of Utah: Don't Fear the Widow Museums Victoria: Top Spider Myths National Library of Medicine: Black Widow Spider Toxicity UK Entomology: Brown Recluse Spider  

Friday Oct 21, 2022

Outdoor apparel company, Patagonia, recently made headlines after owner Yvon Chouinard donated the company to two non-profits, the Patagonia Purpose Trust and the Holdfast Collective. His aim is to use company profits to protect the environment and fight climate change. Casey and Sara discuss the pros and cons (yes, there are cons) of the decision, and also take a look at the environmental commitments Patagonia has made through the years.   Resources for this episode: The Non-profit Times: Patagonia Founder Transfers Ownership to Boost Climate Advocacy Fashion United: Patagonia Owner Gives Company Away to Help Fight Climate Crisis Fashion United: Patagonia: Pioneering a New Form of Environmental Corporate Leadership Boardsport Source: Patagonia Transfers Ownership to Patagonia Purpose Trust and Holdfast Collective One Percent for the Planet B Corp Fair Trade Certified

Friday Oct 14, 2022

While some environmentalists feel that nuclear power is an essential part of cleaning up the power grid, others feel that the risks don't outweigh the benefits. Sara and Casey break down how nuclear power works, look at some pros and cons, and share  some of the thoughts and experiences that shape their views of nuclear power. Links for the weekly challenge: Navajo Nation statement to Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources UNECE Technology Brief on Nuclear Power   Resources for this episode:  https://www.eia.gov/energyexplained/nuclear/ https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/news/what-is-nuclear-energy-the-science-of-nuclear-power EPA: Radioactive Waste from Uranium Milling and Mining Nuclear Waste Disposal Review of Environmental Impacts of the Acid In-situ Leach Uranium Mining Process Why Nuclear Power Must be Part of the Energy Solution: an opinion article with a lot of info, including impacts of the major nuclear disasters Why Nuclear Power is Safer than Ever

Friday Oct 07, 2022

Just as people will gather food and water or move to safer areas as a hurricane approaches, animals must find ways to make it through the storm. Casey and Sara discuss how creatures from birds to alligators prepare, react, and adapt to hurricanes.   Resources for this episode: National Geographic: What Happens to Wild Animals During a Hurricane NOAA: How Do Hurricanes Affect Sea Life? Florida Fish and Wildlife: Wildlife and Storms

Monday Oct 03, 2022

While electronic waste (or e-waste) isn't the largest percentage of our solid waste stream, it is a quickly growing one, and one with large environmental impacts. Electronics contain hazardous materials that can leach into the environment when disposed in landfills. Materials used in electronic devices can also be mined in areas that provide critical wildlife habitat. One way that we can combat these issues is by properly recycling electronics. This week, Casey and Sara chat with John Shegerian, the co-founder, chairman, and CEO of the e-waste recycling company, ERI (eridirect.com), to learn about the challenges of e-waste, how we can safely recycle our electronics, and what the future of e-waste recycling looks like. 

Friday Sep 23, 2022

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  

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