While some seeds appear immortal, most seeds don’t last forever—unless they’re carefully stored in seed banks or, in some cases, preserved in liquid nitrogen or as part of living collections. This is huge because many plants are under threat of disappearing forever—about 68 percent of evaluated plant species, to be exact.
Take a crash course in ‘Seed Banking 101’ with Murphy Westwood, Tree Conservation Specialist at The Morton Arboretum and Global Tree Conservation officer for Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI), and Kayri Havens, director of Plant Science and Conservation at the Chicago Botanic Garden.
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 2014 Pew survey, Millennials, don’t wanna be called environmentalists.
“Don’t sweat the small stuff” is a great mantra…except when you’re talking about plastic pollution. Devilishly tiny plastics, a.k.a. microplastics, are adding up to one massive problem in the world’s waterways – acting as a sponge for other pollutants, not to mention confusing and harming wildlife.
On this month’s EcoMyths/Worldview segment, we’ll find out how and why something so small can cause such a big fuss. We brought in Olga Lyandres, research manager for the Alliance for the Great Lakes, and Allison Schutes, manager of the Ocean Conservancy’s Trash Free Seas program for a tete-a-tete with Jerome McDonnell and our own Kate Sackman.
Many environmental organizations use scare tactics to motivate people to take action. For most people, the end result is that they are overwhelmed and too discouraged to act.
Listen in to an interesting conversation I had on this very topic with Diane Wood, president of the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) as we explore different methods to inspire people to get engaged with green issues.
Every February, as the timeless film reminds us, our lives go into a surreal tailspin as we agonize over whether the iconic groundhog will or will not see his shadow. Even if your Groundhog Day isn’t quite as angsty as Bill Murray’s, there’s still something unnerving about the notion that climate change may be rousing groundhogs (technically marmots) ahead of schedule.
So, you can imagine my concern when I learned from two highly esteemed wildlife biologists that [spoiler alert!] climate change is indeed already making its mark on marmot hibernation.