Environment

demolition photo
Michael Gaida / Pixabay

How might the state recycle more home construction materials, especially given the number of blighted homes here? Two Spartans, a researcher and a faculty member, discuss the challenges and benefits of a stronger effort.


Willow the moose photo
Courtesy photo / Potter Park Zoo

Peter Whorf tours the new moose habitat at Lansing's Potter Park Zoo.


Michigan is blessed with a lot of water, but how exactly do we use all of it? We talk with MLive reporter Garret Ellison about his recent deep dive into Michigan water use data.


Alligator gar photo
Florida Fish and Wildlife / flickr creative commons

In parts of the Mississippi valley, scientists are working to reintroduce a fish  they say could prevent the spread of Asian carp. We learn about the role of the fearsome looking alligator gar.


Kirtland's Warbler photo
Dan Kennedy / Michigan Dept. of Natural Resources

The Kirtland’s Warbler is an icon of northern Michigan.  With a brilliant yellow breast and distinctive song, the bird makes its home in young jack pine trees.  Once on the verge of extinction, a long-running conservation program is helping to restore the Kirtland’s Warbler population. Current State’s Kevin Lavery takes us up north in search of this endangered yet beloved bird.


Flickr/NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

A former oil company executive is awaiting confirmation by the Michigan Senate to become the state’s next director of the Department of Environmental Quality, and an assessment of Enbridge Energy’s controversial Line 5 at the Mackinac Straits is in the works. We talk with Great Lakes environmental reporter Gary Wilson for our Environment Month in Review.


Poweshiek Skipperling photo
Dave Cuthrell / MSU Extension

A rare butterfly that once thrived on the Great Plains is fighting for its survival in Michigan. Current State’s Kevin Lavery braves the backcountry in search of the Poweshiek Skipperling.


Logan Rowe
Courtesy photo / Project ICP

Around the country, many growers contend with too few bees for pollinating their crops. An MSU scholar has been working on ways to get both wild bees and human-managed honeybees to be more effective. We learn more with Entomology professor and researcher Rufus Isaacs.


dry grass photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Last week’s arrival of summer brought us the seasonal forecast on Current State. Dr. Kirk Heinze talks with MSU climatologist Jeff Andresen.


Flickr/NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Our Great Lakes Month in Review conversation examines the decision to allow Waukesha, Wisconsin to draw water from Lake Michigan, and a new federal law toughening pipeline standards.


Flickr - NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

All eight of the Great Lakes states have given their blessing to the city of Waukesha, Wisconsin to tap Lake Michigan for it's water supply. We talk with Great Lake commentator Gary Wilson and Grant Trigger, Michigan's representative to the talks.


Peregrine falcon chick
Courtesy photo / Jackson County

A once-endangered bird is again well established in Michigan, commonly in its cities. We talk with a Jackson county official about the peregrine falcons nesting in downtown Jackson and learn how Peregrines are doing in Michigan from DNR bird biologist, Karen Cleveland.

Moose photo
Ray Dumas / flickr creative commons

Michigan’s moose population is on the decline. That’s prompting the federal government to consider extending the animal additional protections under the Endangered Species Act. We talk with Drew Youngedyke of the Michigan United Conservation Clubs and Dan Kennedy of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.


Great Lakes shoreline
Lloyd Degrane

Later this month, Governors of the Great Lakes states will decide on a proposed Lake Michigan water diversion. Environmentalists and other opponents say the community of Waukesha has options that are being dismissed. We talk with one of those opponents.


Michigan author Doc Fletcher has kayaked thousands of miles on rivers across the midwest and written eight books about the experiences. A 2015 book included his enthusiasm for another pastime. We talk with the Northville resident about “Paddling and Pastimes: 6 Midwest Cities, the Rivers that Made Them, The Baseball Teams that Entertained Them.”


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