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Phenology with local naturalist Larry Weber every Friday morning at 8:20 on Northland Morning.

Green Visions: "some bright spots against a background of overall decline"

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We might be forgiven for looking a little harder than usual to find something to be happy about these days.

So posts on social media claiming that "the earth is healing" in various ways lift our spirits, even if there really aren't dolphins in the canals of Venice.

The bad news?  This morning's Earth Wise radio episode agrees that pollution has decreased drastically with the reduction in traffic, but opines that:

While this sudden decline in air pollution over U.S. cities has some near-term health benefits, those benefits are likely to be fairly minor in the big picture.  When the coronavirus outbreak subsides and people are allowed to leave their homes and go back to their normal lives, air pollution will most certainly rebound to previous levels.  In any event, studies have shown that long-term exposure to air pollution has a larger impact on public health than any transient events.

But there is a little good news. Dr. John Pastor is a UMD Professor Emeritus in Biology, and his sister was recently in Venice.  Yes, the canals are much cleaner these days. And another bit of good news is that there are things we can do, right here in our own little corner of the world.

John mentioned several organizations here in the Northland doing important work to improve our environment, and we've added the links below:

The Nature Conservancy in Minnesota

The W.J. McCabe Chapter of the Izaak Walton League

Ducks, Unlimited (there are regional offices in Bismarck, ND and Ann Arbor, MI)

Wild Ones, Arrowhead Chapter

Lisa Johnson started her broadcast career anchoring the television news at her high school and spinning country music at KWWK/KOLM Radio in Rochester, Minnesota. She was a reporter and news anchor at KTHI in Fargo, ND (not to mention the host of a children's program called "Lisa's Lane") and a radio reporter and anchor in Moorhead, Bismarck, Wahpeton and Fergus Falls.Since 1991, she has hosted Northland Morning on KUMD. One of the best parts of her job includes "paying it forward" by mentoring upcoming journalists and broadcasters on the student news team that helps produce Northland Morning. She also loves introducing the different people she meets in her job to one another, helping to forge new "community connections" and partnerships.Lisa has amassed a book collection weighing over two tons, and she enjoys reading, photography, volunteering with Animal Allies Humane Society and fantasizing about farmland. She goes to bed at 8pm, long before her daughter, two cats, or three dogs.
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