Ecology http://nhpr.org en 5.20.14: Rediscovering The Sea, Farming Better Fish, And A Visit To An Underwater Museum http://nhpr.org/post/52014-rediscovering-sea-farming-better-fish-and-visit-underwater-museum <p>With the weather warming up across New England, people are heading for the coast. Today Word of Mouth hits the high seas. First we'll ponder the unfathomable push and pull of the open ocean. Then, we’ll speak to an artist who created the world’s first submerged sculpture park, his underwater gallery not only attracts art-lovers, but serves as an artificial reef. Plus, farmed fish now exceeds beef production. Have fish farmers learned from the mistakes of the meat industry?</p><p>Listen to the full show and click <strong>Read more </strong>for individual segments</p><p> Tue, 20 May 2014 18:04:55 +0000 Word of Mouth 48753 at http://nhpr.org 5.20.14: Rediscovering The Sea, Farming Better Fish, And A Visit To An Underwater Museum A Biologist's Plea To Hollywood: Make 'Real' Animals The Stars http://nhpr.org/post/biologists-plea-hollywood-make-real-animals-stars <p><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1860353/" target="_blank"><em>Turbo</em></a> is a big budget, animated, kid’s comedy about a snail’s dream to win the Indy 500, though the movie didn’t do as well as studios had hoped, one ecologist thinks it failed on a different level – accuracy. Fictional talking snail aside, <strong>Marlene Zuk</strong> argues that <em>Turbo</em> was another example in a long line of movies that misrepresent the biology of the animal kingdom. <strong>Marlene Zuk </strong>is an evolutionary biologist and behavioral ecologist and currently teaches at the University of Minnesota. Her recent opinion piece in the L.A. Times: “<a href="http://articles.latimes.com/2013/aug/10/opinion/la-oe-zuk-animals-in-movies-20130811" target="_blank">Animals to Hollywood: Get it Right</a>” discusses the egregious errors filmmakers make when it comes to animals.</p><p> Mon, 26 Aug 2013 14:30:59 +0000 Virginia Prescott 33821 at http://nhpr.org A Biologist's Plea To Hollywood: Make 'Real' Animals The Stars When Giant Animals Die Off, Ecosystems Suffer http://nhpr.org/post/when-giant-animals-die-ecosystems-suffer <p>Fifteen-thousand years ago, nearly 100 species of large animals known as ‘megafauna’ roamed the amazon forest before going extinct. A team of researchers from oxford and Princeton University studying the ‘megafauna’s’ effects on the ecosystem discovered that they were crucial in maintaining soil fertility.&nbsp; <strong>Chris Doughty</strong> is currently a lecturer in ecosystem ecology within the Environmental Change Institute at Oxford, and lead author of a recent study: “<a href="http://www.scientificamerican.com/podcast/episode.cfm?id=big-animal-extinction-impoverishes-13-08-11" target="_blank">The Legacy of the Pleistocene Megafauna Extinctions on Nutrient Availability in Amazonia</a>.”</p><p> Mon, 26 Aug 2013 13:55:33 +0000 Virginia Prescott 33820 at http://nhpr.org When Giant Animals Die Off, Ecosystems Suffer The Colorado River: America's Most Endangered http://nhpr.org/post/colorado-river-americas-most-endangered <p><strong>EarthTalk®<br>E - The Environmental Magazine</strong></p><p></p><p><strong><u>Dear EarthTalk</u></strong><strong>: Why was the Colorado River named the most endangered river of 2013?</strong></p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <em>-- Missy Perkins, Jenkintown, PA</em></p><p> Sun, 16 Jun 2013 04:00:00 +0000 30335 at http://nhpr.org The Colorado River: America's Most Endangered Progress On Bio-Fuels http://nhpr.org/post/progress-bio-fuels <p><strong>EarthTalk®<br>E - The Environmental Magazine</strong></p><p></p><p><strong><u>Dear EarthTalk</u></strong><strong>: How far along are we at developing algae-based and other higher yield sources of biofuels?&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </strong><em>-- Jason McCabe, Tullahoma, TN</em></p><p> Sun, 09 Jun 2013 04:00:00 +0000 30333 at http://nhpr.org Progress On Bio-Fuels Monarch Butterflies In Sharp Decline http://nhpr.org/post/monarch-butterflies-sharp-decline <p><strong>EarthTalk®<br>E - The Environmental Magazine</strong></p><p></p><p><strong><u>Dear EarthTalk</u></strong><strong>: How are monarch butterflies doing today? They used to pass through my area in big numbers but in the last few years there seem to be many fewer. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;--</strong><em> Bill Wright, Erie, PA</em></p><p> Sun, 09 Jun 2013 04:00:00 +0000 30334 at http://nhpr.org Monarch Butterflies In Sharp Decline Why Are Wetlands So Important To Preserve? http://nhpr.org/post/why-are-wetlands-so-important-preserve <p><strong>EarthTalk®</strong></p><p><strong>E - The Environmental Magazine</strong></p><p></p><p><strong><u>Dear EarthTalk</u></strong><strong>: Why are wetlands so important to preserve?&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </strong><em>-- Patricia Mancuso, Erie, PA</em></p><p> Sun, 02 Jun 2013 04:00:00 +0000 30330 at http://nhpr.org Why Are Wetlands So Important To Preserve? New Zealand Cat Wars http://nhpr.org/post/new-zealand-cat-wars <p>New Zealand cat owners are reacting with outrage against a plan to drastically reduce the number of free-roaming cats proposed by renowned environmental activist Gareth Morgan.</p><p>The movement is rooted in a long-standing national concern about the dwindling native bird populations, including the kiwi, that are struggling against New Zealand’s cat population, which is the largest per-capita in the world. Here to discuss Kiwi’s cat war is ecologist <strong>Dr. James Russell</strong>, a senior lecturer at the University of Auckland.</p><p> Wed, 29 May 2013 13:12:12 +0000 Virginia Prescott 28401 at http://nhpr.org New Zealand Cat Wars The Gulf Of Mexico Three Years After BP http://nhpr.org/post/gulf-mexico-three-years-after-bp <p><strong>EarthTalk®<br>E - The Environmental Magazine</strong></p><p><strong><u>Dear EarthTalk</u></strong><strong>: The three-year anniversary of the 2010 BP oil spill just passed. What do green groups think of the progress since in restoring the region?&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </strong><em>-- Mary Johannson, New York, NY</em></p><p> Sun, 26 May 2013 04:00:00 +0000 30260 at http://nhpr.org The Gulf Of Mexico Three Years After BP Asian Carp Woes http://nhpr.org/post/asian-carp-woes <p><strong>EarthTalk®<br>E - The Environmental Magazine</strong></p><p><strong><u>Dear EarthTalk</u></strong><strong>: What exactly are Asian carp and why are they such a big problem lately?</strong></p><p><em>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; -- Lori Roudebush, Portland, OR</em></p><p> Sun, 28 Apr 2013 04:00:00 +0000 30248 at http://nhpr.org Asian Carp Woes