natural resources

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DTE Energy Co. announced Tuesday that it is seeking permission to build a natural gas-fired power plant northeast of Detroit as the utility moves forward with plans to close coal-fired plants.

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Consumers Energy plans to spend nearly $440 million this year to help modernize its natural gas system.

Alien bird risk from pet trade

Jan 14, 2017

MI forests pestered by return of spruce budworm

Aug 11, 2015
Spruce budworm moth photo
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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.

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For decades, first time visitors to the Natural Resources building on the MSU campus have been startled by the guard keeping watch by the north doors. Standing nine feet tall and weighing 300 pounds, a huge polar bear stands frozen in time, in a menacing pose. Polar bears have been on the Endangered Species list since 2008, and though long dead, the MSU bear is once again in danger. The bear was killed in Barrow, Alaska in 1957. It’s showing some wear and needs to be repaired soon.