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.

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Jem Sullivan

Don’t let water go down the drain unnecessarily.   This is the EM and I’m ES.  Don’t keep the water running while brushing your teeth or shaving.  Rather than let the shower run while the water warms, collect the water and use it to water plants, clean, or flush the toilet.  Instead of running the shower the whole time, turn it off while you’re shampooing and soaping up.  Avoid flushing your toilet unnecessarily – don’t use it for trash.  

Jem Sullivan

Depending on where you live, anywhere from 30 - 70% of residential water is used for outdoor use, such as lawn and landscape irrigation. This is the EM and I’m ES.  According to the EPA, some experts estimate that more than 50 percent of commercial and residential irrigation water use goes to waste due to evaporation, wind, improper system design, or overwatering. 

Jem Sullivan

Depending on where you live, anywhere from 30 - 70% of residential water is used for outdoor use, such as lawn and landscape irrigation. This is the EM and I’m ES.  According to the EPA, some experts estimate that more than 50 percent of commercial and residential irrigation water use goes to waste due to evaporation, wind, improper system design, or overwatering. 

Jem Sullivan

  

Plumbing leaks can waste as much as 10% of the water you pay for, wasting thousands of gallons of water a year.  This is the EM and I’m ES.  Just a slow drip from a single faucet, of one drop per second could add up to about 2700 gallons of water wasted a year. 

Jem Sullivan

Did you know that only one percent of water on our planet is readily available for drinking? This is the EM and I’m ES.  97% of the world’s water is salt, and of the three percent that is fresh; icecaps and glaciers account for two thirds. 

Jem Sullivan

May is Clean Air Month - a time to think about what you can do to help keep our air clean. This is the EcoMinute, and I am Mary Gutierrez, Executive Director for Earth Ethics, Inc. We can all make positive steps to improve the quality of our air.

Ways we can improve air quality are often based around reducing our use of electricity and using transportion more efficiently. We can also support legislation which improves air quality.  A few tips on driving include driving the speed limit, not idling when you don’t have to and keeping your vehicle maintained. 

Jem Sullivan

Environmental tobacco smoke is unhealthy for you and those around you.  This is the EcoMinute and I’m Angela Hahn.  Environmental tobacco smoke, or second hand smoke is classified as a carcinogen under EPA guidelines and can cause lung cancer in adults who do not smoke resulting in nearly 3,000 yearly lung cancer deaths in nonsmokers.  Exposure to environmental tobacco smoke has also been shown to increase the risk of heart disease.  It has an immediate negative effect on the cardiovascular system by increasing the risk of blood clots, heart attacks, and strokes.

Jem Sullivan

Environmental tobacco smoke is unhealthy for you and those around you.  This is the EcoMinute and I’m Angela Hahn.  Environmental tobacco smoke, or second hand smoke is classified as a carcinogen under EPA guidelines and can cause lung cancer in adults who do not smoke resulting in nearly 3,000 yearly lung cancer deaths in nonsmokers. 

Jem Sullivan

Did you know that a large city can save $70 million a year by protecting its trees?  A recent study in San Antonio calculated the value of the ecological services provided by its trees.  The researchers found that it would cost city residents over $70 million per year in taxes just to duplicate the ecological functions of its trees.  The researchers added up the costs to retain the same amount of stormwater runoff, to remove the same amount of air pollutants, and to provide the same energy savings as the city’s trees.  So the next time someone says that trees in Pensacola need to be cut do

Jem Sullivan

Everyday each of us breathes, on average, more than 3,000 gallons of air.  The air we breathe is an odorless, colorless mixture of natural gases.  It is composed of nitrogen, oxygen, argon, carbon dioxide, varying amounts of water vapor and trace amounts of neon, helium, ozone, xenon, hydrogen, methane, and krypton.  When anything else is there, or there is too much of one of these elements – the air is polluted.  Some air pollutants are asbestos, carbon monoxide, chlorofluorocarbons, ground level ozone, lead, mercury, nitrogen oxides, particulate matter, propellants, radon, sulfur oxides,

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