climate change

The Green Room
7:00 am
Fri May 30, 2014

When It Rains, It Pours: Local Efforts To Contain Floodwaters

Storm water spilling over high flow dam at Mary Beth Doyle Park
Barbara Lucas 89.1 WEMU

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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6:13 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Issues Of The Environment: The Ann Arbor Chapter Of 'Citizens Climate Lobby'

Credit Citzens' Climate Lobby /

WEMU's David Fair talks with Ginny Rogers of the newly formed Ann Arbor Chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby, It is a national grassroots effort aimed at getting politicians to adopt a revenue neutral carbon tax to hasten the transition away from fossil fuels. That's the focus of 'Issues of the Environment' for 5/14/2014.

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2:58 am
Wed May 7, 2014

U-of-M Professor Co-Wrote Midwest Chapter Of National Climate Assessment

Dr. Donald Scavia, Director of U-of-M's Graham Sustainability Institute.

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. 

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8:10 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

EMU Students Compete In Climate Change-Themed Art Contest


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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2:35 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Issues of the Environment: Expect More Snow And Frigid Temperatures To Come

A view of Michigan from space
Credit Space Science And Engineering Center- University of Wisconsin - Madison

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.

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11:09 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Climate Change Town Hall Hosted at U of M

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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9:05 am
Wed September 26, 2012

Issues of the Environment

This spring's record-setting rainfall .
Angela Cesere |

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.

Climate Change and Debate
9:16 am
Wed May 23, 2012

The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars


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.