environment

The historic collection at the University of Michigan peony garden just inside the Nichols arboretum is about 99 percent in full bloom right now.  The hot weather last week plus heavy rain last weekend pushed blooming forward to the peak period earlier than expected.

 

 


Yousef Rabhi
Patrik Holubik / 89.1 WEMU

Washtenaw County is planning to regulate the use of single use, plastic bags.  However, the Michigan State Legislature has slowed the process of passing this measure.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's Patrick Campion speaks with Washtenaw County Commissioner Yousef Rabhi about the controversy surrounding the proposed ordinance.

  Editor's note: Wednesday evening, the Washtenaw County commissioners  voted 6-2 to approve a new carryout bag ordinance that would put a 10-cent "tax" on customers for every single use (paper or plastic) bag they receive at stores in Washtenaw county. Stay tuned for follow-up discussion on the issue.

Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum
Courtesy Photo / aahom.org

Two local science-based learning centers for children and their families may soon be merging.


Thompson Block
Courtesy Photo / ewashtenaw.org

A Washtenaw County Brownfield program analysis revealed positive impacts that type of project has on the community.


Plastic Bags
Day Donaldson / flickr.com

Local efforts to address the environmental concerns of plastic bag use in Washtenaw County just took a giant step backwards in Lansing.


Barbara Lucas / 89.1 WEMU

For almost thirty years, a “responsible party” (Gelman Sciences, Inc.) has been legally and financially responsible for the 1, 4 dioxane contamination of  groundwater inthe Ann Arbor area.  This is in contrast to many contamination sites where cleanup falls totally on taxpayers. But the plume remains, and some question if enough resources are being devoted to its remediation.  In this installment of WEMU’s “The Green Room,” Barbara Lucas looks at money, and how it impacts Ann Arbor’s contamination problem. 


Speed Limit 75 Sign
WikiMedia Commons

Legislation to increase the speed limits on Michigan's highway has been working its way through the state Legislature.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks to Timothy Gates, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at Michigan State University, about how higher speed limits may impact the environment.


Dr. David Schwab, Research Scientist for the UM Graham Sustainability Institute Water Center, discusses his latest findings about the extensive spills that will happen if Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac ruptures and how that oil would spread through the Great Lakes.


Jeff Irwin
Courtesy Photo / housedems.com

A town hall meeting will be held this evening from 6PM to 8PM in Ann Arbor to discuss the latest dioxane plume situation in the area.


Solar Panels
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

DTE Energy will soon start construction on a solar panel array in Ypsilanti.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair speaks with Barry LaRue, a trustee with the Highland Cemetery Association, about the solar array project and why the cemetery is the right place to house a renewable energy system. 


Shawn Reilly
Courtesy Photo / City of Waukesha

The mayor of Waukesha, Wisconsin made a stop in Lansing yesterday to meet with state environmental officials.  It’s part of an effort to win support for his city’s request for a large water diversion from Lake Michigan. 


Air Pollution
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

The air you breathe may actually being making you sick.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair speaks with Kindra Weid, Health Fellow for MI Air, MI Health, to discuss air quality and health in Michigan. 


Amanda Edmonds
Ann Arbor Wiki / localwiki.org

About two dozen Eastern Michigan University students gathered to discuss politics and policy with Ypsilanti Mayor Amanda Edmonds.


Jim Stamas
Courtesy Photo / misenategop.com

The state Legislature will kick off hearings on the Flint water crisis next week.


Stephen Raiman
Stephen Raiman / twitter.com/StephenRaiman

Ann Arbor city council will soon be asked to pass a resolution offering support to a specific plan to reduce carbon emissions. In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks with Ann Arbor Energy Commission member Stephen Raiman about what the 'carbon fee and dividend' plan. 


Barbara Lucas / 89.1 WEMU

80 percent of Americans drink coffee, and global consumption is projected to rise by 25% in the next five years.  Some is sustainably-grown, some isn’t—and impacts can add up.  In this installment of 89.1 WEMU’s “The Green Room,” Barbara Lucas explores how the price of coffee can affect far more than your wallet.  


Michigan League of Conservation Voters

Each year, the League of Conservation Voters looks at Congressional votes covering a range of issues, from air and water quality to wildlife conservation.  For the 2015 National Environmental Score Card, the LCV tallied 35 House votes and 25 Senate votes.

Jeff Irwin
Michigan House Democrats / housedems.com

The Flint water crisis has led many communities to reexamine water safety.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks with  State Representative Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor) about the push for more funding to fix the crisis and how to improving testing standards for water quality in Michigan.


Marketing Resource Group / mrgmi.com

  A new pipeline will be constructed through several Washtenaw County townships this year. In fact, initial work is to begin in a few weeks time. In this week's "Issues of the Environment," we talk with the President of Marketing Resource Group, Tom Shields, who serves as spokesperson for Wolverine Pipeline Company.  


MaryCarol Hunter
University of Michigan School of Natural Resources

In these cold, winter months, many of us want to stay indoors.  In this week's. 'Issues of the Environment,' MaryCarol Hunter, Associate Professor of Natural Resources at the University of Michigan, tells WEMU's David Fair why an "outdoor pill" has demonstrable benefits.


Flint Water
Michigan Public Radio Network

Governor Rick Snyder has declared a state of emergency in Genesee County related to lead contamination of the city of Flint’s water supply. 


Michigan League of Conservation Voters / michiganlcv.org

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.   


Dan Wyant
State of Michigan / michigan.gov

The head of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) has resigned over the drinking water crisis in Flint.  


Happy 2016
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

2016 is just around the corner, and many of us have made New Year's resolutions.  So, why not make a few changes that could benefit the environment?  WEMU's David Fair speaks to Mackenzie Maxwell, Environmental Educator for the Ecology Center, who offers some ecologically sound New Year's resolutions.


oil well
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

A state lawmaker says Michigan should encourage more companies to take oil out of existing wells that have already been capped.  Jake Neher has more.


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