Podcast Goodness: Desertification and Zoos

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Hi there, friends. Chuck here with the weekly podcast wrap-up. Since I typically start off with a little bit of what kind of things are going on in Atlanta meteorlogically speaking, let me just say that we’ve been awash in a sea of pollen. Anyone from the South can identify, I’m not sure what it’s like elsewhere. I seem to remember some decent pollen in New Jersey when I lived there, none in Arizona, and a little bit in Los Angeles. It’s been nuts here, but thanks to a nice afternoon shower, the streets ran with yellow rainwater and it’s all clean again. Yeesh.
This week on the Stuff You Should Know podcast program, Joshers and I covered desertification and the merits and problems of the modern zoo. I mentioned the pollen because we started our desertification show on Tuesday with a little bit of American history by way of the Dust Bowl. This was a prime example of desertification and how it can wreck an economy. Josh pointed out that the dust came into homes no matter if the doors and windows were sealed tight – kind of like the pollen here this week. Desertification is the degradation of soil in a semi-arid environment because of man-made issues coupled with some help from Mother Nature. The good news is, it can be reversed, as was the case with the Dust Bowl. The Midwest once again has fertile ground for planting thanks to the efforts of the U.S. Government. Things aren’t so easy for developing nations, which is the real problem.
Yesterday we covered whether or not zoos are a bad thing for animals. You basically fall into two camps here. You either think that the research that goes on and the efforts to help restore endangered species outweighs the negatives or you don’t. There are some excellent and responsible zoos out there doing great work, but unfortunately there are a lot more that have sub-standard conditions still, despite improvements made over the years. This one was tough because we had to relay some truly sad stories of animals that suffered because of the zoos they were in. But it’s part of our job to point all of this out so you folks can make informed decisions on whether or not to support your local zoo.
So let’s hear it, SYSK Army. What do you think about desertification? Are you a proponent of zoos or are you against them?
As ever, have a great weekend wherever this finds you, and be safe.
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