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
2:05 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Eco Minute July 28, 2014

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Don’t waste energy and money heating the water in your pipes.  When you need to use only a little water, such as when you rinse a dish or your hands, use cold water.  It can take several minutes and several gallons of water running through the pipes before the water at the sink is warm and by that time, you’ll likely be finished. 

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Eco Minute
1:55 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Eco Minute July 25, 2014

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Pathogens are disease-causing organisms such as bacteria, viruses and parasites that can pollute rivers and streams. This is the Ecominute and I’m Christian Wagley.

These disease-causing organisms can come from human and animal waste, and cause a range of illnesses including stomach flu, skin rashes, ear infections, hepatitis, and more. Since many pathogens are washed into waterways by rain, health officials often recommend waiting 48 hours after  heavy rainfall before swimming.

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Eco Minute
2:49 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Eco Minute July 24, 2014

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Too many nutrients are flowing into the nation’s rivers and streams—making them one of the largest sources of water pollution. This is the Ecominute and I’m Christian Wagley.

Nutrients, mainly nitrogen and phosphorus, fuel the growth of plants. In the water these nutrients feed microscopic plants called phytoplankton, which form the base of the marine food web.

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Eco Minute
3:29 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Eco Minute July 22, 2014

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Too many nutrients are flowing into the nation’s rivers and streams—making them one of the largest sources of water pollution. This is the Ecominute and I’m Christian Wagley.

Nutrients, mainly nitrogen and phosphorus, fuel the growth of plants. In the water these nutrients feed microscopic plants called phytoplankton, which form the base of the marine food web.

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Eco Minute
3:27 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Eco Minute July 21, 2014

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Improving water quality in area bays and bayous is the highest priority of scientists and environmental advocates working to restore our waterways. This is the Ecominute and I’m Christian Wagley.

In order to improve water quality, sources of pollution have to be identified and either eliminated, captured, or treated so that they no longer reach waterways. There are several main types of pollutants in our bays, bayous, and streams.

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Eco Minute
10:54 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Eco Minute July 18, 2014

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Disposable or cloth, incandescent or compact fluorescent, paper or plastic, desktop or laptop. If you have the choice between using a desktop or laptop computer, choose the laptop. Also, if it's time to upgrade to a new computer, consider a laptop.  Laptops draw only 15 to 45 watts per hour during regular use, as compared to the 60 - 250 watts used by a conventional desktop computer and monitor.

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Eco Minute
10:45 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Eco Minute July 17, 2014

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If you do use a clothes dryer, try to minimize the amount of energy you use.  Separate your wet laundry by weight.  Dry towels and heavier cottons separately from lighter-weight clothes.  Don't over-dry your clothes. If your machine has a moisture sensor, use it, if you’re in the market for a new dryer; consider buying one with a moisture sensor that automatically shuts off the machine when your clothes are dry.

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Eco Minute
10:43 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Eco Minute July 16, 2014

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Hanging your laundry on a clothesline will save a lot of energy. The clothes dryer is one of the biggest energy users in your home, using anywhere from 6 – 10% of home energy use, coming in just after refrigerators and washing your clothes in hot water.  Hanging your clothes on a line instead of using the clothes dryer saves energy, money, wear and tear on your clothes, can connect you to the outdoors and might even help you meet your neighbors.  

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Eco Minute
10:40 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Eco Minute July 15, 2014

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Bring your own reusable bags to stores you patronize. This is the EM and I’m ES.

Few plastic bags are recycled and many end up in our waterways – it’s estimated that 80% of plastic bags floating in the oceans originated from land. These bags can trap fish, birds and other wildlife, or become lodged in their stomachs, killing an estimated 100,000 turtles and other marine organisms annually. 

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Eco Minute
4:06 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Eco Minute July 14, 2014

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More than a billion single-use plastic bags are given out freely every day. While they may be free at the stores, they are costing our earth in many ways.  This is the EM and I’m ES.  The production of plastic bags requires petroleum a non-renewable resource that increases our dependency on foreign suppliers.

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