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Talkin' Pets News

September 14, 2019

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Jillyn Sidlo, Celestrial Custom Dog Services

Producer - Zach Budin

Network Producer - Quin McCarthy

Social Media - Bob Page

Special Guests - Pat Blocker author of "Letting in The Dog" will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 9/14/19 at 5pm ET to discuss and give away her book

The Director of "Official Secrets" Gavin Hood will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 9/14/19 at 630pm ET to discuss his film in theaters now

Talkin' Pets News

May 5, 2018

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Maria Ryan

Producer - Lexi Lapp

Network Producer - Quin McCarthy

Executive Producer Social Media - Bob Page

Special Guests - Dr. Oakley, Yukon Vet, host on Nat Geo Wild, will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 5/518 at 5pm ET live from the Alps to discuss Fierce Mom's for Mother's Day Marathon

Brandi Hunter, VP of Public Relations and Communications for the AKC will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 5/5/18 at 630pm ET to discuss AKC® HUMANE FUND CELEBRATES TENTH ANNIVERSARY

Coralie Matayoshi, Senior Red Cross Executive in Hawaii will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 5/518 at 720pm ET to dicuss the current volcanic conditions and the rescue and evacuation of people and their pets into local shelters

 

Tristin Ware, Katie Fortescue, Sabrina DiNella and Debbi Stone of The Florida Aquarium accept their Gulf Guardian Award at an awards ceremony held at the Grand Hotel Marriott Resort in Point Clear, Alabama on Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017. Credit: The Florida Aquarium.
 
On Thursday, November 30, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Gulf of Mexico Program recognized The Florida Aquarium with a first place 2017 Gulf Guardian Award in the Youth Environmental Education category. The award was presented at a ceremony held at the Grand Hotel Marriott Resort in Point Clear, Alabama.
 
“Whether for individual recreational use or as an economic engine supporting a wide variety of jobs and industry, the Gulf of Mexico is a vibrant yet vulnerable ecosystem,” said Ben Scaggs, Gulf of Mexico Program Director. “Protecting this national resource requires innovative approaches and proactive measures. The Gulf Guardian award winners are paving the way for ‘out of the box’ thinking and replicable practices.” 
 
The Gulf of Mexico Program recognizes and honors those who are taking positive steps to keep the Gulf healthy, beautiful and productive. First, second and third place awards are given in seven categories: individual, business/industry, youth environmental education, civic/nonprofit organizations, cultural diversity/environmental justice, partnership and bi-national efforts.
 
“I am proud of The Florida Aquarium’s education team for being awarded the 2017 Gulf Guardian Award in the Youth Environmental Education category. It is a true testament of how this team continues to reach the community’s youth and teach them in unique and engaging ways, encouraging them to get involved to keep our waters healthy for generations to come,” said Roger Germann, president and CEO of The Florida Aquarium.
 
The Florida Aquarium takes part in educational programming for children and some programing that is geared specifically for local Title 1 schools, including the Watershed Investigations (WI) program.
 
WI enables underserved students to experience their watershed while conducting scientific investigations. Components include exploring issues, learning and practicing field techniques, collecting data, and analyzing results with teachers and peers. The classroom introduction and classroom synthesis provide important bookends to field experiences, and field visits reinforce students’ data collection skills while empowering them to become skilled in collecting data and analyzing results. The final project encourages students to relate data and observations to the larger watershed, climate change issues and their own lives.
 
“Watershed Investigations serves Title 1 schools to ensure that we are engaging underserved youth who might otherwise not experience hands-on field investigations that spark wonder and curiosity about our natural world. The Florida Aquarium is committed to reaching diverse audiences in our community, and this is one of the programs that brings science to life for future problem-solvers who will help us protect and restore our blue planet, all while having fun,” said Debbi Stone, vice president of education at The Florida Aquarium.
 
During the first two years of WI, the program impacted at least 1,747 students and 80 teachers (some of whom participated in both years). In the current year, The Florida Aquarium is tracking 42 teachers and 893 students, which will result in about 2,640 students cumulatively reached by the conclusion of this year.
 
Through WI, students build critical thinking skills by: demonstrating understanding of watershed concepts, identifying their local and regional watershed, observing how ecosystems change seasonally, collecting water quality data, identifying flora and fauna in the field, assessing scientifically credible information about climate, making projections about future changes, understanding how humans impact climate, and identifying personal actions to reduce one’s environmental impact.

The Florida Aquarium is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization whose mission is to entertain, educate and inspire stewardship about our natural environment. The Florida Aquarium is accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA).
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American Bird Conservancy’s Statement on New Bills to Ban Chlorpyrifos

(Washington, D.C., July 25, 2017) We applaud the U.S. Senators who today introduced a bill to ban chlorpyrifos, a widely used pesticide that has been killing birds and poisoning the environment for the past half-century: Tom Udall (D-NM)Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Kamala Harris (D-CA), and Edward J. Markey (D-MA). We’re also grateful to Representatives Nydia Velazquez (D-NY) and Keith Ellison (D-MN), who have offered a companion bill in the House.

The “Protect Children, Farmers & Farmworkers from Nerve Agent Pesticides Act” would prohibit all chlorpyrifos use by amending the U.S. Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act that oversees food safety.

Chlorpyrifos, an organophosphate related to sarin nerve gas, is used in production of common crops such as strawberries, apples, citrus, and broccoli. In addition to the pesticide’s well-known threats to human health, American Bird Conservancy (ABC) is concerned about the pesticide’s effects on birds, including to declining species like the Mountain Plover (shown). A recent draft biological evaluation from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) stated that chlorpyrifos is likely to adversely affect 97 percent of all wildlife, including more than 100 listed bird species listed under the Endangered Species Act.

ABC has been calling for a ban on the use of chlorpyrifos for years. EPA scientists agreed and were on course to ban the pesticide from use on all crops. In March 2017, however, the EPA administrator reversed the recommendation of the agency’s own scientists and extended chlorpyrifos’ registration for another five years.

"It’s high time to outlaw the use of chlorpyrifos. It’s well known that this pesticide is lethal to birds, other wildlife, and people,” said Cynthia Palmer, ABC's Pesticide Program Director. “We’re encouraged by the leadership shown today in Congress.”

(Photo: Mountain Plover by Greg Homel/Natural Elements Productions)

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American Bird Conservancy is dedicated to conserving birds and their habitats throughout the Americas. With an emphasis on achieving results and working in partnership, we take on the greatest problems facing birds today, innovating and building on rapid advancements in science to halt extinctions, protect habitats, eliminate threats, and build capacity for bird conservation.

 

American Bird Conservancy’s Statement on EPA Pesticide Reversal

(Washington, D.C., March 30, 2017)  "We’re disgusted by Mr. Pruitt’sdecision to yield to corporate interests, given the dangers posed by chlorpyrifos to birds, children, and agricultural workers,” said Cynthia Palmer, Pesticide Program Director at American Bird Conservancy (ABC).

Chlorpyrifos, one of the most-used pesticides in the United States, has been killing birds and poisoning the environment for the past half-century. Because of those risks to wildlife and to human health, ABC has been calling for a ban on the use of chlorpyrifos for years. Environmental Protection Agency scientists agreed and were on course to ban the pesticide this month.

But late yesterday, EPA chief Scott Pruitt rejected the conclusion of the agency’s own pesticide experts, who had recommended that EPA forbid use of the pesticide permanently at farms nationwide. Rebuffing a petition filed by environmental groups a decade ago, Mr. Pruitt took “final agency action,” which may not be revisited until 2022.

Studies show that women and children are particularly at risk from exposure to chlorpyrifos. ABC is also very concerned about the documented threat chlorpyrifos poses to birds, especially to endangered species.

This past summer, EPA’s draft biological evaluation on threatened and endangered species found that chlorpyrifos is “likely to adversely affect” 97 percent of all wildlife, including more than 100 listed bird species.

(Photo: Horned Lark, one of hundreds of bird species affected by use of chlorpyrifos. Photo by Middleton Evans)

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City of Richmond, Calif. is serving as a pilot community for development of the tools

SAN FRANCISCO – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have developed and launched new tools designed to test underutilized sites and contaminated land for solar and wind energy potential. The tools give local communities and landowners ways to evaluate sites for renewable energy potential without the need for technical expertise.

The alternative energy ‘decision trees,’ leverage NREL’s knowledge of renewable energy technologies and EPA’s experience in returning contaminated lands to productive use.

The EPA estimates that nationwide there are approximately 490,000 sites and almost 15 million acres of potentially contaminated properties.

“Opportunities to install renewable energy systems on vacant properties can be found in every community," said Jared Blumenfeld, EPA’s Regional Administrator for the Pacific Southwest. “Tapping sun and wind power at brownfield sites, rooftops, parking lots, and abandoned land could provide untapped gigawatts of clean energy.”

The City of Richmond, Calif. is serving as a pilot community for development of the tools.

“Developing more local renewables is among my top priorities,” said Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin. “We are extremely excited that the green, innovative City of Richmond, California is partnering with the EPA to help communities throughout the United States fully leverage technology to improve the environment, create local jobs and attract green companies.”

Positioning renewable energy on sites can increase economic value of the properties, provide a sustainable land reuse option, create local green jobs and provide clean energy for use on-site or for the utility grid. Using the decision trees, state and local governments, site owners and community members can help identify the most desirable sites for solar or wind installations from both a logistical and economic standpoint.

In addition to opportunities in cities, thousands of potentially contaminated acres in less populated areas across the country could be put to beneficial reuse with renewable energy.

The tools can be used to evaluate individual or multiple sites, such as brownfields, Superfund and other hazardous waste sites, abandoned parcels, landfills, parking lots, and commercial or industrial roofs, depending on the technology.

The tools and a podcast by the Assistant Administrator for EPA’s Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response on the solar and wind decision trees are now available on EPA’s website at: http://www.epa.gov/renewableenergyland

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October 17-24 is Federal Radon Action Week according to The Surgeon General.  Health agencies throughout the United States have joined forces to promote awareness of the leading cause of lung cancer for non-smokers.  The American Lung Association, Centers for Disease Control, and National Cancer Institute all agree that radon is a National health problem and encourage radon testing during the October awareness drive.

Radon is a naturally-occurring, invisible and odorless radioactive gas. One in 15 American homes contains high levels of radon. Millions of Americans are unknowingly exposed to this dangerous gas. In fact, a recent study by Harvard University ranks radon as America’s #1 in-home hazard.  By taking simple steps to test your home for radon and fix if necessary, this health hazard can be avoided.

Radon gas is not isolated to certain geographical areas or home types.  Radon problems have been detected in homes in every county of the U.S.  It caused more American fatalities last year than carbon monoxide, fires, and handguns combined!  If a home hasn't been tested for radon in the past two years, EPA and the Surgeon General urge you to take action. Contact your state radon office for information on locating qualified test kits or qualified radon testers.

The federal commitment made by EPA, the General Services Administration, and the departments of Agriculture, Defense, Energy, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, and Veterans Affairs will focus efforts on radon reduction and mitigation in homes, especially those of low-income families, many of whom do not have the resources to make the simple fixes necessary to protect their homes and loved ones.  Learn more about the Federal Radon Action Plan at
www.RadonPlan.org.

Earlier this year, the federal consortium met with key leaders in the public health, environmental and private sectors to launch the federal action plan that includes both immediate and long-term steps to reduce radon exposure.  Your media group can participate in this Nation-wide initiative simply by writing articles and broadcasting messages about this deadly gas and by promoting Radon Awareness Week.  Again, the targeted week of the awareness drive will occur October 17th – 24th of this year.  Learn more at
www.RadonWeek.org.