Michigan environment

February 24 snowfall at MSU photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Last December’s weather patterns created a winter anomaly in two of the Great Lakes: rising water levels. We learn more and get the latest on midweek snowfall from MLive meteorologist Mark Torregrossa.


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.


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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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.


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.


Aaron McCright photo
Courtesy photo / MSU Department of Sociology

Global leaders are gathering in Paris this month to try and reach an agreement on curbing climate change. But a new study from MSU suggests those urging action on the issue in the U.S. may have a hard time convincing skeptics. We talk to MSU sociologist Aaron McCright about why climate change skeptics may be winning the war of public opinion.


Septic system photo
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.


Flickr - NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

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.


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