Environment

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
PBS NewsHour

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

Jan 13, 2017
PBS NewsHour

Asian Carp Reg'l Coordinating Committee

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.

Great Lakes Year in Review 2016

Dec 13, 2016
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The Flint Water Crisis became a top story in 2016, but it wasn't the only development involving Michigan water or the Great Lakes. We review and update those stories, and look ahead to 2017, with Great Lakes journalist and commentator Gary Wilson.

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Kevin Lavery / WKAR

A retired Michigan State University professor takes us into the woods to listen to what nature has to say. He’s organizing an international conference at MSU this week on ecoacoustics. Current State’s Kevin Lavery has a report.


For our Great Lakes Month in Review, we update a pair of November’s top stories: Nestlé's request for more groundwater from Mecosta County and Michigan’s declaration of Lake Erie as “impaired.”


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Energy policy is among the important business before the House of Representatives this week. It’ll begin looking at a bipartisan pair of bills passed by the Senate that lay out the future of Michigan’s electric choice market, replacing coal-fired plants and renewables. We talk to a Republican opponent of the measures.


EL prepares to analyze latest deer data

Nov 22, 2016
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City of East Lansing workers have been busy counting deer this month. We ask the city’s environmental services administrator what they learn from the head and antler count.


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Scott Pohl / WKAR

We talk with journalist and MSU professor Eric Freedman about the election and environmental issues. He’s recently back from a week in Nairobi, Kenya.


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Courtesy photo / NWF Great Lakes Regional Center, Ann Arbor

Michigan officials have designated the state’s small piece of Lake Erie an “impaired waterway.” That means it’s possible the federal government could enact stricter regulation to address the problem of algae blooms. We talk with Mike Shriberg of the National Wildlife Federation.


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Scott Pohl / WKAR

Residents of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation are protesting the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, which is designed to carry a half a million barrels of oil each day across four states. We talk with two Native Americans from the MSU community who are watching the developments.


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Courtesy photo / City of Ann Arbor

For years, Ann Arbor has been cleaning up a potential carcinogen that was detected in parts of its groundwater. Last Thursday, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality toughened standards for the chemical 1,4 Dioxane. We ask Ann Arbor’s mayor for his response to the DEQ’s change and what it means going forward.


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Did the EPA drop the ball by delaying an emergency order in the Flint water crisis? A report from the U.S. Inspector General says it did. We review the story with Current State’s Great Lakes reporter-commentator Gary Wilson.


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