Michigan environment

Radio Made in Michigan
3:39 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

The regulatory issues unearthed by fracking

The hydraulic fracturing also known as "fracking" is the process of releasing natural gas trapped deep within underground rock formations by pumping large amounts of high pressured water combined with chemicals and sand. Though many politicians and industry leaders say the process is safe and a means for energy independence, there are critics who claim that this type of drilling can threaten air, soil and water quality.

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Radio Made in Michigan
6:00 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Great Lakes has rare species of sturgeon

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If you go boating on the Great Lakes this summer, it might it surprise you to know that deep below you lives a rare species of fish that’s been around since the dinosaurs.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:02 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Michigan's native plants are essential in preserving the state's ecosystem

a young Cup Plant (Silphium perfoliatum).
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Cheryl English's yard in Detroit's East English Village stands out from the city's urban landscape like a green thumb. A gardening masterpiece, English uses many native plants, not only because of their beauty but because of their environmental benefits and crucial connection to Michigan's ecosystem.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:29 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Clean energy’s future on an international level

The Pew Charitable Trusts’ Clean Energy Program looks to educate business leaders and policy makers on the factors affecting utility investment in electric generation resources.
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According to the Pew Clean Energy Program, global energy consumption is expected to increase 35% over the next 25 years, with much of that from growing electricity use and expanding vehicle fleets.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:10 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Current State #110 | June 18, 2013

Today on Current State: Ingham County Land Bank; a tour of the Greater Lansing Hall of Fame; stocking fish in the Great Lakes; and Lord Huron, an indie rock band with local roots.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:53 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

The history of fish stocking in the Great Lakes

Chinook salmon were introduced to the Great Lakes to control the abundant alewives population.
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Brown trout, Chinook and coho salmon  are all currently stocked in one or more of the Great Lakes, however none of these prized catches are native to the basin. These fish were stocked to help manage invasive species and to build a sport fishery.  

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:01 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Garlic mustard, an edible invasive species

Garlic Mustard while edible for humans is not eaten by mammals or insects.
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Garlic mustard is a Michigan non-native plant that turns up all over the state.  It out-competes native plants with its prolific number of seeds, blocking nutrients for surrounding species.  While edible for humans, the weed is not eaten by other mammals or insects.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:03 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Prioritizing issues in the Great Lakes region

The recent meeting of the Great Lakes Advisory Board focused on priorities for the next four years of Great Lakes restoration.
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This weekend Gov. Snyder will welcome Governors from across the Great Lakes region to the 2013 leadership summit on Mackinac Island. Great Lakes journalist and commentator Gary Wilson previews the summit and reflects on the Great Lakes Advisory Board's meeting in Chicago.

Wilson is the former co-editor of the Great Lakes Town Hall. He’s a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists and currently writes for Great Lakes Echo.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:47 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Lead poisoning in children down in Detroit

In Detroit, older homes and soil can be contaminated by lead, resulting in neurological problems for children.
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A story from Environmental Health News reports that lead poisoning in children in Detroit has decreased 70 percent since 2004. However, the number of children with exposure to excessive lead levels in Detroit still exceeds the national average, and funding for cleanup is dwindling.

Brian Bienkowski is a senior editor and staff writer at Environmental Health News. He discusses the decrease of lead poisoning and the motor city's environmental future.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:18 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Current State #43 | March 13, 2013

Today on Current State:  A debate on biodiversity and commerce in Michigan; the Lansing Jaycees features in Neighbors in ActionLansing City Pulse reporters on the LPD's missing cold case list; a Jackson ice cream institution reopens; and an Ann Arbor high school orchestra wins national acclaim. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:10 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Biodiversity and commerce in Michigan

A proposed bill making its way through the Michigan legislature aims to put tighter limits on the Department of Natural Resources and the Natural Resources Commission.

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Radio Made in Michigan
7:07 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

EPA may end SS Badger's long run on coal

The SS Badger is one of the nation's last coal-fired passenger ships in operation.
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The iconic Michigan steamship, the SS Badger, may lose its permit to dump  spent coal into Lake Michigan.  The Ludington company that owns and operates the Badger, Lake Michigan Carferry, expects to hear soon from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency about its request to continue the practice.  

Hugh McDiarmid, communications director  for the Michigan Environmental Council, discusses the impact of the SS Badger on the environment.

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Radio Made in Michigan
6:36 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Current State #37 | March 5, 2013

Today on Current State: The local impact of federal budget cuts; climate change in Michigan; Michigan farmers markets; the new dynamics of the Michigan Supreme Court; and Lansing's new city attorney designate. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
6:02 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

The potential effects of climate change in Michigan

Climate change is continuing to influence Michigan’s environment. Last March a sudden thaw and freeze devastated the state’s berry crops. While recently, record low water levels have forced the government to spend millions on dredging.

Jeff Andresen,  Michigan Climatologist and assistant professor of geography at Michigan State University, discusses Michigan's climate future.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:37 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Current State #32 | February 26, 2013

The MSU Surplus store offers extensive recycling resources and dedication to environmental sustainability.
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Today on Current State: Climate change in Michigan, a tour of the MSU Surplus and Recycling Center; Michigan and the Civil War; Civil Rights era jazz; Spartan basketball in 1979 and now; and the creative process of magazine information graphics.

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