Kathy Costello

Host / Producer

Kathy Costello has been WNKU's Celtic music host for nearly two decades.  She also produces and hosts WNKU's daily environmental feature, the Earth Calendar.

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Earth Calendar
10:30 am
Fri July 13, 2012

Earth Calendar for July 13th & 14th

Junk mail is more than an annoyance. It clogs landfills, our mailboxes, and costs millions of trees and millions of tax dollars every year.

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Earth Calendar
10:30 am
Wed July 11, 2012

Earth Calendar for July 11th & July 12th

The Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation will soon put the final stamp of approval on a plan to require better gas mileage for new vehicles. A new campaign is under way to show support for the new mileage standard – 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025.  The benefits include saving money at the pump, creating jobs in the auto industry, reducing our dangerous dependence on oil, cutting harmful carbon pollution and educating the public about what it all means.

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Earth Calendar
10:30 am
Mon July 9, 2012

Earth Calendar for July 9th and July 10th

Summertime means that weather conditions are favorable for ground-level ozone formation. Emissions from motor vehicles are the primary source of ozone-causing pollutants, accounting for almost half of our air pollution.  Because heat and sunlight are important factors in ozone formation, ozone pollution generally peaks during the months of April through October, on hot, sunny days with little or no wind and no precipitation.   On these days, it's particularly important to reduce how much you drive. Travel to work by taking public transportation, share a ride, walk or bike.

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Earth Calendar
10:30 am
Wed July 4, 2012

Earth Calendar for July 4th and July 5th

Dry cleaners across the country are working to recycle 25 million hangers, enough steel to equal six Statues of Liberty.   In addition to her 125 tons of steel, Lady Liberty also contains 31 tons of copper and her base is made of 27,000 tons of concrete. The program was launched in January with the intention of keeping 10 million hangers out of landfills this year. Cleaners volunteered to take in used hangers from customers, reusing those that could be and sending others to a metal recycler. By April, the 10 million goal had been reached. By mid-June the total was up to 13.6 million.

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Earth Calendar
10:30 am
Mon July 2, 2012

Earth Calendar for July 2nd and July 3rd

On hot, summer days, surface temperatures of roofs and pavement can be from 50 to 90 degrees warmer than the air temperature! These hot surfaces contribute to “urban heat islands” where temps in cities are hotter than surrounding, less developed areas. The urban heat island effect can be particularly pronounced at night, when city temperatures may be as much as 22 degrees higher than surrounding areas.

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Earth Calendar
10:30 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Earth Calendar for June 29th and June 30th

Last week, the Sierra Club launched My Piece of America, to encourage Americans to share their favorite outdoor place and take action to protect special areas.  Many favorite wild places -- from the striking red rock deserts of the Southwest to the cool, leafy city park where adults relax -- need help to protect them from threats like oil drilling and climate change.  You are invited to visit the Sierra Club’s website, choose a special place in the My Piece of America map and take action now to protect it.

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Earth Calendar
10:30 am
Wed June 27, 2012

Earth Calendar for June 27th and June 28th

The fourth annual Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp photo contest is underway, challenging resident photographers to enter their best snapshots of a Carolina or Black-Capped Chickadee. The winning photograph will be featured on the Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp to be issued March 1st.  

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Earth Calendar
10:30 am
Wed June 20, 2012

Earth Calendar for June 20th & June 21st

The Northern Kentucky University Center for Environmental Education will partner with Vision 2015 and the Covington Neighborhoods, Parks and Recreation Department to host a guided river tour of the Licking River on June 30th at 9 a.m.  The tour, called "Rediscovering the Licking River," is a paddle boat tour to help educate the public on the importance of two local initiatives.

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