environment

Earth Day 2013

Apr 19, 2013

In celebration of this year’s Earth Day, Mark Perzel talks by phone with Josh Knights, executive director of The Nature Conservancy’s Ohio office about the state the environment in Ohio and their current Picnic for the Earth contest, encouraging visits to Ohio’s natural treasures.

The Threat of Hydraulic Fracturing Waste

Apr 5, 2013

The fracking process used to extract natural gas has been vilified for the millions of gallons of fresh water it uses, and the amount of waste water it produces. But drilling also generates leftover dirt, rocks, and mud that gets trucked off to landfills. Many people have raised concerns about the potential contaminants in that dirt, and whether it poses an environmental threat. WCPN's Michelle Kanu tells us now about the radioactive nature of that waste, and what the state is doing to keep tabs on it.

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.

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.


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.


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.

Queen City Bike

Oct 5, 2012

Biking in Cincinnati is exploding as a way of saving on gas, protecting the environment and getting exercise. Nern Ostendorf, the director of Queen City Bike, a non-profit organization that promotes safe biking for a healthier environment and healthier citizens, discuss his organization and biking in Cincinnati with Mark Perzel.

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.

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