Myth: Animals Don’t Say Much

Are Animals Saying More Than We Think? Woot, whup, arrrrrp! To the untrained ear, this typical whale ditty may sound more like an unintelligible frat chant than a formal dinner invitation. And yet, a growing body of research indicates that whales—and many other of our non-human brethren—have far more to say than we realize. While … Read more

Worldview: Animals Speak With Accents, Too!

Animal communication has been observed and documented for centuries, but we’ve only scratched the surface of understanding this complex world of grunts, barks, and howls. Listen in as Bill Zeigler, senior vice president of Animal Programs at Brookfield Zoo dishes on the noisy world of animal talk—and how deciphering their languages can aid in conservation … Read more

OGT To Go: How to Recycle Pumpkins

What’s spookier than zombie mold devouring your aging jack-o-lantern from the inside out? When it happens in a landfill, and does nothing but contribute to our collective methane problem. So, why waste good decomposing pumpkin when you could instead make like a OneGreenThing pro and… Recycle your pumpkin! Here are some ways to do that: … Read more

Myth: In a Yard, All Plants Are Created Equal

Do All Plants Score Eco-Gold? Let the gardening games begin! For many of us, the hottest sport of the spring season is prettying up the yard or garden. Eager homeowners can be spotted across the country lining up at their local nursery to seize upon the brightest flowers, the shapeliest shrubs, and the most climbable … Read more

Are We Too Busy to Care About Nature?

Has it become a hassle to care for the environment? Or worse, has it actually become passé to care in the first place? While the ’90s made environmentalism cool again, some statistics indicate that identifying as a greenie may have gone the way of the erstwhile high-waisted jean or Friends hair. Yes, according to a … Read more

On the Air: Bugs Aren’t Diabolical, They’re Just Standoffish

While decorating the office with the last of our giant fake Halloween spiders last week, the EcoMyths team was inspired to explore the age-old question, “Are bugs really out to get us?” Today on Worldview, Jerome McDonnell and I had two experts on the hot seat: Corrie Moreau, PhD, an ant specialist at the Field … Read more

Explore the Chicago River, One Click at a Time

— by Betsy Hands, director of outreach and community relations, Friends of the Chicago River Click to learn about all the potential fun and intrigue along this gem of an urban river. Outdoor adventurers and map enthusiasts, take note: Friends of the Chicago River has unveiled a new tech-savvy tool to navigate the ever expanding … Read more

Top 5 Easiest Ways to Go Green Now

In the quest to green your world, every One Green Thing you do matters. Not sure where to start? Try one of these super-easy—yet super-effective ways—to start greening your world, your way. 1. Bring your own mug to work. Easy peasy, right? And yet, Americans throw out 25,000 Styrofoam cups each year, according to the … Read more

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Myth Busted: Every #OneGreenThing You Do Matters Greening your world is a serious matter—but it’s seriously doable when you choose to take the #OneGreenThing pledge. It’s all about taking small, easy actions that add up to a greener world. What’s your fave easy green thing to do? Take a selfie proclaiming your One Green Thing … Read more

Myth: You Gotta Green Everything to Green Anything

Myth Busted: Every #OneGreenThing You Do Matters Greening your world is a serious matter—but it’s seriously doable when you choose to take the #OneGreenThing pledge. It’s all about taking small, easy actions that add up to a greener world. What’s your fave easy green thing to do? Take a selfie proclaiming your One Green Thing … Read more