Environment

Could fish farm expansion in MI hurt the Great Lakes?

Sep 15, 2015
lake trout photo
USFWSmidwest / flickr creative commons

From chinook salmon to rainbow trout, the Great Lakes are known for some of the most incredible freshwater fisheries in the world, but could they also become a hotspot of open water fish farming? We talk to Dr. Bryan Burroughs, executive director of Trout Unlimited, about why environmentalists are saying that would be a bad idea.


Solar panels photo
Oregon Department of Transportation / flickr creative commons

Michigan is grappling with important questions relating to energy. Current State talks with Consumers Energy spokesman Dan Bishop and Sarah Mulkoff of the Michigan Environmental Council.


rooftop solar panels photo
Bernd / flickr creative commons

Current State talks with MLive reporter Emily Lawler about potential changes for people who’ve installed solar panels on their roofs and how that ties into a debate over Michigan’s energy future.


Potter Park moose to get new pad

Aug 24, 2015
Willow the moose photo
Courtesy photo / Potter Park Zoo

Potter Park Zoo is upgrading their moose exhibit. Current State's Melissa Benmark talks with executive director Sherrie Graham.


Fenner prairie photo
April Van Buren / WKAR

Current State takes a tour of Fenner Nature Center's recent restoration of 19 acres of prairie land right in the middle of Lansing with the organization's executive director, Liz Roxberry.


MI forests pestered by return of spruce budworm

Aug 11, 2015
Spruce budworm moth photo
entomart / Wikimedia Commons

It’s been about 30 years since Michigan saw an outbreak of spruce budworm, but the little insects are now back in a big way. Current State talks with Bob Heyd, forest health specialist with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources about what that means for the state’s trees.


smokestacks photo
Quinn Dombrowski / flickr creative commons

Environmental groups in Michigan are expressing pleasure with the EPA's new Clean Power Plan. Others, though, have their doubts. Current State talks with Andy Such of the Michigan Manufacturers Association and Frank Macchiarolo of America's Natural Gas Alliance.


John Hartig photo
Tina Shaw / flickr - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

When you think of wildlife refuges, Detroit probably isn’t the first place that pops to mind. But conservation scientists are paying increasing attention to the potential of urban spaces. Current State’s April Van Buren talks with John H. Hartig, who manages the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge, about his new book “Bringing Conservation to Cities.”


Jeff Andresen photo
Courtesy MSU Today

"Greening of the Great Lakes" host Kirk Heinze talks with state Climatologist Jeff Andresen at the Michigan Sustainability Conference.


Should Isle Royale replenish wolf population?

Jul 30, 2015
Isle Royale sign photo
Joe Ross / Flickr Creative Commons

Should Isle Royale replenish wolf population? The future of the wolves of Isle Royale National Park is in question. Current State's Melissa Benmark talks with biologist Rolf Peterson.


hurricane photo
Chuck Simmins / flickr creative commons

A nationwide study out of the University of Michigan finds that people are more likely to believe in global warming after they personally witness extreme weather events. Current State talks to Dr. Barry Rabe, co-director of the National Surveys on Energy and Environment, which produced the report. 

Environmental Canine Services logo
Courtesy Environmental Canine Services

Environmental Canine Services is a six-year-old Michigan company that uses dogs to find pollution in water.

Current State talks with two people connected to Michigan Interfaith Power and Light, an organization that wants to get religious people involved in environmental stewardship.


Asian Carp photo
LouisvilleUSACE / flickr creative commons

A study about the dating hangouts of Asian Carp could be useful in keeping them from invading the Great Lakes. Current State talks with researcher Dr. Kim Cuddington.


EL greening up its recycling effort

Jul 8, 2015
East Lansing recycling photo
Courtesy city of East Lansing

East Lansing's recycling program is undergoing a transformation this summer. Current State gets details from Public Works and Environmental Services administrator Cathy DeShambo.


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