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The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has released an update on the health of the state's forests, including threats posed by insects and diseases.

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As snow and ice cover recede from Michigan lakes, officials say people should be prepared to see dead fish or other aquatic creatures in the water.

The state is close to running out of money to clean thousands of abandoned, polluted properties all across Michigan.

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In 2016, Michigan landfills took in more than 49 million cubic yards of solid waste. Some of that total included food particles that were thrown out by restaurants and food processing facilities.  

The city of Lansing is trying to reduce that environmental impact with a pilot program known as “Scraps to Soil.”


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U.S. Representatives from Michigan, Ohio and Illinois look to President Trump for invasive species help.

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Michigan has spent or obligated almost all of a dedicated source of funding needed to clean up and redevelop 7,000 polluted sites across the state, leaving lawmakers to question the Snyder administration on what, if any, plan there is to ask voters for permission to borrow more money.

Federal environmental officials are conducting tests to determine whether harmful contaminants from an old industrial complex in Lansing are seeping out of the ground.

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plans to conduct a preliminary assessment to determine whether a toxic plume in the Ann Arbor area qualifies for a federal Superfund cleanup.

The Obama years are now behind us. How did the Great Lakes fare as a result?


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Nathan Moore's research in climate change has taken him to such places as China, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and the Amazon. Moore is an assistant professor at MSU's College of Environmental and Resource Sciences. He examines climate change a little closer to home in a conversation with WKAR Morning Edition host Brooke Allen.


The final few days before President-elect Donald Trump takes the oath of office will be filled with a flurry of congressional activity, as the Senate holds confirmation hearings for eight more of his Cabinet nominees.

Most are expected to be fairly routine, but a few could be hot-button affairs, including hearings for Education Secretary-designate Betsy DeVos and Scott Pruitt, Trump's nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency.

Coral bleaching is killing reefs. Is the answer a great migration?

Jan 14, 2017
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Coral bleaching is killing reefs. Is the answer a great migration?

Jan 13, 2017
PBS NewsHour

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TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Federal officials say they'll continue efforts to prevent Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes, despite uncertainty about what Donald Trump might propose.

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — State regulators are giving utilities about three months to report how they'll meet electricity demand through 2021.

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