Myth: Medicine Doesn’t Grow on Trees

Pharma-farming: Can Real Medicine Come From Plants? — by Jessica B. Turner, PhD candidate, West Virginia University Real medicine only works when it’s made with complicated, manmade ingredients, right? Nope! For a closer look at our diverse options for healing, let’s head outside and explore Mama Nature’s surprisingly impressive pharmaceutical supplier: the mighty plant kingdom. … Read more

Myth: ‘Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff’ Applies to Plastic

Is Smaller Better When It Comes to Plastic Pollution? Small plastic pollution is no game! Teeny weeny plastics are polluting even the cleanest-looking waters—and unsuspecting aquatic wildlife are accidentally gobbling them up. Question is, if the plastic is so tiny you can’t actually see it, does it really matter? When we say microplastics are tiny, … Read more

MiniMyth: Face Scrub Isn’t Made of Plastic

When you wash your face, the goal is to get yourself nice and clean—not slather your body in plastic. But, bizarre as it may sound, many exfoliating scrubs and other personal care products like soap and toothpaste are made with tiny plastic particles called microbeads. And though they’re so small you might never even notice … Read more

Do Scare Tactics Motivate YOU to Live a Greener Life?

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 … Read more

All Riled Up for Wild Things

Headed to the Wild Things Conference going down Saturday, January 31, at UIC? If so, let’s connect—Team EcoMyths is on the lookout for new conservation-loving friends like you. — by Beth Kosson, Education Director, EcoMyths Alliance You’ll be able to easily spot our crew (without binoculars) at this year’s Wild Things Conference in Chicago, where … Read more

Why Plants Are Awesome to Study: A Love Song From a Scientist

— by Jessica B. Turner, PhD candidate at West Virginia University I haven’t always studied plants. When I was a kid, I thought I’d become a marine biologist or a zoologist. This led to great experiences doing reef surveys in Hawaii, and studying the stress level of endangered wild asses (no joke). It wasn’t long, … Read more

Will Climate Change Destroy Groundhog Day as We Know It?

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 … Read more

On the Air: 4 Ways to Green Your Wood Fire

Quick—what’s the first word that comes to mind when you hear the word fireplace? Cozy, right? Yeah. The word itself just makes you want to pull up a chair and settle in wrapped in a nubby blanket with your honey. That said, you may have also noticed you might actually need that nubby blanket, because … Read more