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Recently, the EPA denied Enbridge’s request to extend the deadline for dredging sections of the Kalamazoo River. Enbridge is still trying to clean up the remaining tar sands crude oil in the Kalamazoo watershed from the spill three years ago.

Great Lakes Month in Review: Asian carp and petcoke

Nov 26, 2013
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We check in monthly with Great Lakes commentator and journalist Gary Wilson for updates on environmental stories from around the basin. For today’s Great Lakes Month in Review, we’re focusing on petcoke piles and Asian carp.

Artist Chris Jordan captures immensity of modern woes

Nov 20, 2013

Tonight,  the MSU Department of Geography welcomes acclaimed artist and cultural activist Chris Jordan to the Pasant Theatre at Wharton Center. Jordan turns numbers into powerful art.

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Throughout the 20th century large investments of time and money were made to help restore big game populations across the U.S. Many of these efforts were successful, but those successes may be short lived.

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Tomorrow marks the opening day of Michigan’s first wolf hunt in nearly 40 years. The state has issued 1,200 hunting licenses to kill 43 wolves, all in the Upper Peninsula.



Reports, predictions and warnings of climate change are hard to avoid these days. But just how are Americans processing all of this news, and what do we really think about climate change and our environment?  

MSU alum and director of the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication Anthony Leiserowitz explores these questions in his research.

Current State #197 | November 7, 2013

Nov 7, 2013

Today on Current State: Michigan human trafficking report released; destruction from MSU football tailgating; an 'Interrupting Racism' workshop; and Asian-American stereotypes in the media.

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Every home football Saturday here in East Lansing, thousands of people flock to the Michigan State campus to take part in a sacred ritual:  tailgating.  But the pastime takes a toll. After the celebrating, landscaping personnel at MSU repair damage to grass and trees.

Some of those personnel are calling last Saturday’s damage the worst they’ve seen.

Michigan economic developers eye ‘Blue Economy’

Nov 5, 2013
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A new report commissioned by the governor’s office focuses on accelerating Michigan’s water based or ‘Blue economy.’ The paper’s author, John Austin, is the Director of the Michigan Economic Center at Prima Civitas Foundation. Austin says that  a “Blue Economy” is similar to a “Green Economy”.


At the end of each month we check in with Great Lakes Commentator and journalist Gary Wilson for updates on environmental stories from around the basin.

For today’s Great Lakes Month in Review, we’re focusing on fracking, ballast water and petcoke.  

In July, Michigan residents watched as petcoke piled up along the Detroit River. Now residents in Chicago are scrutinizing rising piles of the waste product.

Current State #186 | October 24, 2013

Oct 24, 2013

Today on Current State: Lansing's 'Marketplace Project'; HIV in Ingham County; what deregulation could mean for Michigan; environmental changes effect on Isle Royale; and a review of "The Ocean at the End of the Lane". 

Isle Royale ecosystem tested by environmental changes

Oct 24, 2013
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The moose is one of the largest and most elusive land animals in North America. Moose were once found in both the Upper and Lower Peninsula, and now they’re concentrated in a few isolated areas of the state.

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In 2008,  the state legislature passed Michigan’s Renewable Portfolio Standard. The law requires that by the year 2015,  utilities must generate at least 10 percent of their energy from renewable sources.  As 2015 approaches, state officials are working to determine the next steps for Michigan’s energy policy.

Earlier this year we spoke with Michigan Public Service Commission Chair John Quakenbush. At the time he was holding public forums on the state’s energy future. The information compiled at the forums and online are part of four comprehensive draft reports.


John Quakenbush discusses what he’s learned since starting this process.

MSU researcher updates fight against ash borer

Oct 15, 2013

The emerald ash borer has killed acres of ash trees across Michigan since 2002.  However, new research suggest the invasive beetle from Asia may have arrived in Michigan even earlier.

Current State #174 | October 8, 2013

Oct 8, 2013

Today on Current State: MSU faculty on classroom transparency after Penn affair; interactive online game to learn Chinese; and concerns about the possible storage of Canadian nuclear waste near the Great Lakes.