Environment

Rex LaMore photo
Kevin Lavery / WKAR

When private buildings become public burdens, they’re usually demolished and sent to landfills. But what if there was a way to re-purpose those old materials when a building outlives its usefulness? That’s the idea behind “domicology.” Current State’s Kevin Lavery has the story.


Sea lamprey photo
USFWSmidwest / flickr creative commons

Scientists at Michigan State University are hoping to use the mating pheromone of the sea lamprey to help eradicate the species from the region. We learn more from Michael Wagner from the MSU Department of Fisheries and Wildlife.


Dr. Frank Telewski photo
Courtesy photo / Dr. Frank Telewski

The world's longest running scientific experiment has been in operation for the past 137 years, and it's been happening on a secret spot on the MSU campus. We learn more from the experiment's current caretaker, Dr. Frank Telewski.


White nose syndrome poses major threat to Michigan bats

Feb 2, 2016
Northern long-eared bat photo
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Headquarters / Wikimedia Commons

The northern long-eared bat was recently listed as threatened by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. We learn about the threats facing Michigan bats from Rob Mies of the Organization for Bat Conservation in Bloomfield Hills.


Windmills at sunset
Portland General Electric / flickr creative commons

Michigan business leaders will meet in Detroit on Tuesday to study advanced energy. Can renewable energy be good for the environment and the economy? We talk with two business energy experts.


Police water distibution photo
Michigan Emergency Management & Homeland Security / flickr creative commons

A former president of the Michigan Trial  Lawyers Association is suing the state over its handling of the Flint water crisis. Attorney Michael Pitt talks with Current State about the lawsuits.


Bill Ballenger photo
WKAR

Long-time Michigan politico Bill Ballenger got everyone’s attention this week when he said the gravity of the Flint water crisis is being exaggerated and that media’s not reporting all the facts. We talk with Bill Ballenger about what he thinks is being overlooked.


Steve Transeth photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Michigan will idle nine coal-fired power plants this spring. Utilities like the Lansing Board of Water and Light are developing strategies for replacing that power while meeting forecasted population growth. We hear from the co-chairman of the BWL’s citizen advisory committee, former Michigan Public Service Commission member Steve Transeth.


Chronic Wasting Disease deer
Florida Fish and Wildlife / flickr creative commons

Meridian Township is working with sharpshooters this week who’ll be hunting deer to try to control the spread of chronic wasting disease. Current State’s Kevin Lavery has the story.


Jon Allen photo
Courtesy photo / Michigan Office of the Great Lakes

Governors of the eight Great Lakes States will soon have to decide wheter or not to allow the city of Waukesha, Wisconsin to start drawing its water from Lake Michigan. The city says its water supply is tainted by radium and that Lake Michigan water is its only viable alternative, but some environmentalists worry about setting a precedent for cities outside of the basin using Great Lakes Water. We talk with Jon Allan of the Michigan Office of the Great Lakes.

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Simon Power Plant photo
WKAR File Photo

Almost four years ago, MSU adopted an Energy Transition Plan that detailed sustainable energy goals for the university to work toward. We speak with Wolfgang Bauer, MSU professor and Senior Consultant in the office of the Vice President, about the progress MSU has made on the sustainable energy front so far.


Wild honey bee photo
Roberto Verzo / flickr creative commons

Bees are essential to many of our favorite fruits and vegetables, and it’s not just honeybees doing all the work. Wild bees are also major crop pollinators. A new study suggests that the population of those bees may be declining in the U.S. We learn more from Rufus Issacs, professor of entomology at Michigan State University and co-author of the study.


Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago photo
Kim Scarborough / flickr creative commons

Greening of the Great Lakes host Dr. Kirk Heinze from MSU Today brings us a conversation about a new Chicago exhibit on Great Lakes energy. "Future Energy Chicago" is currently on display at the Museum of Science and Industry.


Lake Superior shore at Porcupine Mountains photo
Chris Heald / flickr creative commons

New research suggests that the world’s lakes are experiencing dramatic temperature shifts due to climate change. So, how will our own Great Lakes fare in a warming climate? We talk to John Lenters, a researcher at the water science consulting firm LimnoTech to find out.


Solar panels photo
Oregon Department of Transportation / flickr creative commons

The Lansing Board of Water and Light has disclosed plans to build the largest solar array in the state. We ask a couple of local energy insiders what they think of the plan.


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