Eco Minute

Producer and Host

Dr. Enid Sisskin received her PhD from Columbia University in Pathobiology. She has worked as an environmental activist for more than 20 years. She is currently on the faculty of the School of Allied Health and Life Sciences at the University of West Florida. She is the creator of the Eco Minute and has produced & hosted the series since 2005. Her interests include continuing to garden despite yearly failures and she continues to work for environmental protection with her husband and children. She is also everyone's favorite Jewish mother and stage manager at RadioLive.

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Eco Minute
2:54 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Eco Minute May 8, 2014

Eco Hound
Credit Jem Sullivan

Schools throughout the country are flying green, yellow, or red flags.  This is the EM and I’m ES.  Schools across the country are raising the colored flags to help teachers and parents track EPA’s daily Air Quality Index. These flags help students and teachers know what the air quality forecast is for the day, and help them track whether students’ asthma symptoms get worse when the air is polluted and whether they need to take extra steps to protect their health. 

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Eco Minute
12:44 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Eco Minute May 7, 2014

Eco Hound
Credit Jem Sullivan

Air pollution comes from many sources.  Some causes of air pollution are natural, such as volcanic eruptions, dust storms, decomposition of vegetation or radioactive decay within the earth’s crust, but most pollution is anthropogenic or human caused.  These include combustion of fossil fuels from stationary or mobile sources, industrial processes, fumes from chemicals and solvents, waste decomposition in landfills, agriculture, or military actions. 

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Eco Minute
12:40 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Eco Minute May 6, 2014

Eco Hound
Credit Jem Sullivan

According to the EPA, cars, buses, trucks, and off-highway mobile sources such as construction vehicles and boats produce a substantial amount of air pollution. Even though nationally air pollutants are created from a great variety of industrial and combustion processes, the personal automobile is the single greatest polluter. 

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Eco Minute
12:37 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Eco Minute May 5, 2014

Eco Hound
Credit Jem Sullivan

Air pollution remains a serious threat to all of our health. Our community needs to provide healthy air for all our citizens.  This is the EcoMinute and I’m Patsy Malley.  Air pollution is more dangerous for some people. Infants, children, senior citizens, anyone with lung diseases like asthma, people with heart disease or diabetes, and anyone who works or exercises outdoors are at risk.  

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Eco Minute
2:32 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Eco Minute May 2, 2014

Eco Hound
Credit Jem Sullivan

An estimated 26 million people, including approximately 7 million children, have asthma and almost 13 million people report having an asthma attack in the past year. This is the EM and I’m ES.  Asthma accounts for over 15 million physician office and hospital visits, and nearly 2 million emergency department visits each year. 

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