WORT 89.9FM Madison · Billions of Brood X Cicadas Emerge The high-pitched buzzing of the Cicada’s mating call is one of the most familiar sounds of summer. We see, or mostly hear, small amounts of these large and noisy insects every year, but this year they are coming in the billions if not trillions. Having […]
The earth is a complicated place. Cause and effect often take circuitous routes, thanks to a variety of ecological, atmospheric and geologic feedback loops that often take surprising turns. That makes modelling the effects of climate change peculiarly difficult. For example, if you were an animal that eats grass, you might think that warmer temperatures […]
Americans, Canadians and Europeans sure have some weird eating habits. We eat things like cows, eggs, potato chips and whatever it is that goes into hot dogs. Yet we turn our nose up at an abundant, high-protein, sustainable and yes — tasty — foodstuff that literally swarms all around us. Most of the world does […]
You should be aware that we have a health crisis! More and more bacterial diseases, such as Staphylococcus and Strep pneumonia, have become resistant to those antibiotics that previously killed the disease. The current strategy is to find new sources of antibiotics in nature. Soil has been the major source, but some scientists, including right […]
Patty Peltekos talks about insects with Thelma Heidel-Baker, a Conservation Biological Control Specialist with The Xerces Society. They talk about the decline of insect populations, the ‘difference’ between insects and pests, the way insects support agriculture, and pollinator conservation.
MADISON (WORT) — University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate student Valerie Stull was not just driven buggy by the climate change crisis, she was driven to bugs for a solution.