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Five major health risks in Michigan will increase due to climate change.



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The city of Ann Arbor's Environmental Commission wants city council to create a Staff Adaptation Team.  

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On this 1st day of 2016, Michigan League of Conservation Voters Executive Director Lisa Wozniak talks to former Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell. In this January edition of WEMU's '1st Friday Focus on the Environment,' they discuss the politics of environmental stewardship and climate change.   

UM Professor Returns From Paris Climate Conference

Dec 10, 2015
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A University of Michigan researcher is back from Paris Climate Change Conference this week. Paul Edwards says the increasing affordability of renewable technology will help make a new climate treaty possible.

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The United Nations 2015 Conference on Climate Change in Paris, France is wrapping up.  In the December installment of '1st Friday Focus on the Environment,' the Executive Director of the Michigan League of Conservation Voters explores how the conversations in Europe  may translate to action here in Michigan.

The Hip-Hop Caucus brings its Act on Climate national bus tour to Dearborn today. In this month's edition of WEMU's 1st Friday Focus on the Environment, Hip Hop Caucus President, Reverend Lennox Yearwood, joins Lisa Wozniak to discuss the activist movement and its goals. 


Nicolette Hahn Niman

Maybe you're aware (or maybe you're not) that burger you're having for lunch, or that steak you had for dinner could  impact the environment. I spoke to Nicolette Hahn Niman a rancher, lawyer, author, mother and University of Michigan law school graduate about her upcoming presentation about the "sustainability of beef" at Zingerman's on September 13th. / Creative Commons

A cool wet spring  is having an impact on Michigan's Agricultural sector and in your home gardens. David Fair delves further into the impacts with MSU Extension Services Agriculture Educator ben Phillips in this week's 'Issues of the Environment.'


Ann Arbor
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A growing number of Great Lakes communities are concerned about climate change.  Ann Arbor is applying for a grant to identify what it can do to adapt to this new reality. 

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Water is life-giving, but too much, too fast is destructive. Climate change is causing more severe rainstorms, creating challenges for both homeowners and municipal governments.

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The Director of the University of Michigan's Graham Sustainability Insitute was the lead co-author of the portion of the latest National Climate Assessment dealing with the Midwest.

The report was presented Tuesday at the White House.

Dr. Donald Scavia says the Midwest will continue to experience warming and increased average precipitation.  The region will also see more frequent intense spring rainstorms, and may experience drier summers.

Eastern Michigan University students are eligible to enter an art competition with a climate change theme and a $750 prize. 

EMU's AMP! student organization is sponsoring the contest, called "The Elapsing City".

Graduate student Mei Mei four phenomenon of climate change are offered as themes: Desertification, Loss of Arctic Sea Ice, Sea Level Rise, and Ocean Acidification.

"The artwork must reflect at least two of the four phenomenon," she says.

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Had enough of the cold and snow already? It has been the snowiest January in this area in history. Add in the polar vortex and frigid temperatures, and it's been a somewhat trying winter. Why is it happening, and will it continue to happen in winters to come? 

 This week on Issues of the Environment our guest is  Dr. Tom Kovacs, Associate Professor of Meteorology at Eastern Michigan University.  Kovaks teaches courses on the effects of climate change on weather and will discuss the consequences for our county.

About 100 climate experts and users of climate change information will gather at the University of Michigan on Tuesday for  regional town hall on climate change.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

  View the draft assessment

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Sizing up the effects of climate change in our area.  UofM research associate Evan Mallen is our guest on this week's Issues of the Environment from WEMU.

A reddened Earth.

Dr. Michael Mann

Why do some people deny global warming? David talks to Dr. Michael Mann, author of 'The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front Lines' to try to understand why.