Environment

From Regulation to Recycling, Northeast Ohio Is Tackling the Plastic Pollution Problem

Plastic waste is everywhere.  From the bottle it’s sold in to the wrapper surrounding it, almost every product in stores has a plastic component, leading...

What Does a Changing Climate Mean for Ohio? Colors of Climate Change, Episode 1

As climate change becomes an increasingly important issue in our nation and world, how might Ohio be uniquely impacted — both its landscape and its communities? In this series entitled “Colors of Climate Change,” we explore the current situation in Ohio from perspectives that shed light on how climate impacts us all and how we are impacting climate in return; we investigate how negative effects of climate change affect some of us more than others; and we unpack topics like natural disasters, agriculture, public health, economics, ecology and more through data and insights from scientists, policymakers, educators and other experts.

Long Before 2024, Eclipses Shaped the Fate of Nations

This story was written in tandem with a new podcast called “Eclipsing History,” produced by the department of history at Bowling Green State University...

Community Gardens Are Growing Across the Midwest

Hanging from a barn wall is a colorful wooden sign reading “Bittersweet Farms” in big, bold, red letters. Through the door of the dome-like...

Pharmaceuticals Are Flowing Through Our Streams

“You might think it’s harmless to flush something down the toilet, rinse something down the sink, thinking you’re never going to see it again,” Jeremy Canfield, forensic science research technician at Bowling Green State University, said. Actually, every discarded tablet, every leftover cup of coffee and every flush of the toilet is just the start of the journey for certain compounds.

The Carnivorous Pitcher Plants of Wisconsin’s Berlin Fen

Picture a carnivorous plant. You’re likely envisioning the giant human-eating Venus flytrap popularized in the 1960 and 1986 remake of the film "Little Shop...

The Morel the Merrier: Ohio’s Growing Forager Community

Foragers are having a social media resurgence. But foraging is an ancient practice whose purpose has evolved over time, and such changes demand new approaches and considerations in a modern context. Learn about how foraging impacts the environment and mushrooms that grow in Ohio.

Rat-ical Solutions to Chicago’s Rodent Problem

Rats! Whether categorized as rodents, wildlife, vermin or pests, they have a profound impact on human populations in big cities — affecting wide-ranging aspects of residents’ lives from food to psychology to safety. In Chicago, which has been ranked the rattiest city in the United States for eight years by pest control company Orkin, experts are finding new solutions to educate about and hopefully eradicate the invasive species known as the sewer rat.
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Confluence: Stewarding Cleveland’s Water

The Great Lakes are one of the largest freshwater systems in the world, accounting for 21% of the world's surface freshwater and 84% of...

Follow the Cranberry Road (A 50-Mile Trail in Wisconsin, the Cranberry Capital of the World)

“I don't really need to go to school, because I'm going to be a cranberry farmer.” For some who grew up on cranberry farms in...

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