health/food science + tips

  Yes, you can…take a deeper dive deeper into the science behind healthy school lunches, herbal remedies, and more! physical health science + tips hot herbal remedies science Yes, medicine DOES grow on trees (and other plants)! Risks and Benefits of Commonly Used Herbal Medicines in Mexico, L. Rodriguez-Fragoso, et. al., Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology, 2008 … Read more

Myth: Treat It to Beat It (Water Pollution, That Is)

Nutrients Gone Wild Worried about dipping your toe in your local swimming hole? Or even drinking your tap water? Join the club. Nitrogen and phosphorus overload is fouling up lakes, rivers, and streams across the country, creating plumes of pollution that are far more sinister than their deceptively benign algal blooms moniker. These nutrient-rich blooms … 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

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

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

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

Wild Revelations 2: Simple Solutions

What does a true wildlife conservation rockstar think will make a difference in our quest to save the world? Hint: It’s simpler than you might think. Stuart Strahl poses with a seal! He may have the coolest job ever… (Brookfield Zoo/CZS) I had the amazing opportunity to find out how/why at the 2015 International Wildlife … Read more

Myth: You Gotta Drive to Get to REAL Nature

Do You Need Four Wheels and an Engine to Get to Nature? City is often pitted against nature: Concrete jungle vs. forest or prairie. Civilization vs. wilderness. Shops and museums vs. prairie. But are cities as disconnected from nature as they seem? Must city-dwellers with an itch to experience wilderness rely on four-wheeled motorized vehicles to … Read more

Worldview: No Wheels? No Problem.

You may *think* you need a car to get from city streets to wide open space, but, it’s often easier to access than people think, encourage a pair of expert guests in the latest EcoMyths segment on Worldview. How so? 8-80 Cities and Openlands pros dish on the exciting ways many cities are prioritizing access … Read more

Behind the Fence: 7 Gorgeous Gardens That Save Seeds

— by Jessica B. Turner, PhD candidate, West Virginia University Mary, Mary, quite contrary…how does your garden’s plant diversity grow? As we recently explored in Myth form, preserving seeds is critical to ensuring we don’t lose entire species to threats like disease spread and climate change. Seeds are super cool when you think about it—especially … Read more