Plugged-In 301

  • Views: 554 Future at Risk: Endangered Species

    How do we determine when a species becomes endangered? What is the difference between endangered and threatened, and what is being done to protect plants, animal and insects like the rare Karner Blue Butterfly? Amanda Patton explores the ecosystem of the Oak Savannah to investigate.

  • Views: 1075 Earthquake Danger: Fault Lines in America's Heartland

    Scientists at the University of Toledo are always monitoring the many earthquake fault lines that run through America's Midwest.  The general public is largely unaware of the earthquake dangers within Ohio and many other states in our region. The Ohio Seis Network is a partnership between Universities and scientific sites throughout Ohio that gather data on earthquakes here and across the world.

  • Views: 242 Green Menace: Algae takes over more territory int he Great Lakes

    Environmental scientists at the University of Toledo examine the harmful Algal Bloom in the Western Lake Erie Basin and explain how agricultural and municipal run off and sewage introduce pollutants, specifically phosphorus, into the watershed.  The Ohio Sea Grant project and Stone Laboratory highlight how that phosphorus and those pollutants feed harmful forms of algae which flourish in the warm shallow waters of Lake Erie. 

  • Views: 821 Critical Mass: Is biomass the answer to our energy needs?

    The burning of fossil fuels is currently the way we make most of our electricity, but the extraction of these materials can be costly and their supply is limited.  Plant cellulose is the most abundant biological material on Earth; is there a way we can harness this biomass material to fulfill our energy needs?  What plants are the most likely providers of energy?  How is the burning of this material less harmful than traditional fossil fuels?  Erica Baker gets some burning questions answered.