Environment

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Soil Science / flickr creative commons

Dr. Kirk Heinze and Michigan Environmental Council policy director James Clift discuss some of the most important issues facing our state in the coming months.


Delisting gray wolves divides MI conservationists

Dec 1, 2015
Female gray wolf photo
Seney Natural History Association / flickr creative commons

There’s a debate in the conservation community over the future of the gray wolf in Michigan. Some scientists say the populations have sufficiently recovered in the Western Great Lakes. They’re proposing the wolves be taken off the endangered species list in those states. But other conservationists are saying that move would be a mistake and put the wolves’ recovery at risk. We talk to scientists on either side of the issue: Associate Professor in Fisheries and Wildlife at MSU Gary Roloff and John Vucetich, Associate Professor of Forest Resources at Michigan Tech University.


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We check in with Great Lakes commentator Gary Wilson about November’s biggest environmental stories, including the legal consequences of Flint’s water crisis and Michigan’s stake in the upcoming Paris climate summit.


EL State Rep. Singh explains House energy proposals

Nov 23, 2015
Sam Singh photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Democratic State Rep. Sam Singh of East Lansing has been playing a key role advancing important House energy proposals. Debate on the measures, which could significantly alter energy efficiency, renewable energy and electric choice will increase soon. We talk with Rep. Singh about what's ahead.


Madagascar malachite kingfisher photo
Meredith Gore

Illegal wildlife trading is the fifth most profitable illicit trade in the world, and it’s not just happening in other parts of the world, it happens here in Michigan too. Current State talks with MSU associate professor Meredith Gore, who researches the decline and exploitation of wildlife and natural resources and works to find solutions.


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Oregon Department of Transportation / flickr creative commons

Globally, solar makes up only a miniscule portion of energy production, but that’s not dampening enthusiasm for solar on a local level, including in Lansing and East Lansing. It’s led to speculation that solar energy may be moving beyond growing pains. We talk with John Kinch of East Lansing’s Michigan Energy Options and John Sarver of the Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association.


Woman at bee hive
Kurt Stepnitz / MSU Communications and Brand Strategy

Bees and other pollinators play an essential role in agriculture, but their numbers have been on the decline for decades. A new initiative started at Michigan State University is bringing together the resources across the state to try and help boost their populations. Current State talks to Meghan Milbrath, who coordinates the Michigan Pollinator Initiative, about her work. 

lake trout photo
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Midwest Region / flickr creative commons

Proponents say expanding the aquaculture industry could be an economic boon for the state, but some environmentalists worry that it could have an impact on water quality and wild fish populations. We talk with Dan Vogler of Harietta Hills Trout Farm and Bryan Burroughs of Michigan Trout Unlimited.


Porcupine Mountains stream photo
Robert Emperley / flickr creative commons

The Michigan Farm Bureau is joining a lawsuit including two other states in an action against the Environmental Protection Agency. Current State speaks with the Farm Bureau’s Laura Campbell.


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We talk to Great Lakes commentator Gary Wilson about October’s biggest environmental stories, including Flint’s water crisis and how Canada’s recent election could impact the Great Lakes.

Dan Wyant photo
Courtesy photo / Michigan Department of Environmental Quality

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality has been feeling the heat not just over high levels of lead in Flint’s drinking water, but for denying there was a problem in the face of evidence. Current State speaks with DEQ Director Dan Wyant.


eastern massasauga rattlesnake photo
James Chiucchi/OBCP / Flickr - USFWSmidwest

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently proposed listing Michigan’s only venomous snake as federally threatened. We talk to MSU herpetologist Jim Harding about the future of the eastern massasauga rattlesnake.


Courtesy photo / Michigan Audobon Society

Every fall, thousands of sandhill cranes descend on the marshes in the Baker Sanctuary near Battle Creek. We hear more about the upcoming CraneFest from the Executive Director of the Michigan Audubon Society, Johnathan Lutz.

Rusty blackbird photo
Kevin Lavery / WKAR

Current State's Kevin Lavery meets up with staff members banding birds at the Burke Lake Banding Station this week.


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Governors and environmentalists from around the region are gathering in Chicago this week to discuss Great Lakes issues. We check in with commentator Gary Wilson about the topics getting the most attention for September’s Great Lakes Month in Review.


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