environment

David Yapp has opened a new store in downtown Ypsilanti. It's aim is get the community more involved in cycling at an affordable price, and to benefit the environment. How? find out in this week's installment of 'Issues of the Environment.'  


Barbara Lucas

To decrease its carbon footprint, the Climate Action Plan of Ann Arbor calls for increasing walking, biking and public transit.  But heavy precipitation events have increased 37% in the Midwest in the last century, and keeping pathways clear can be a challenge.  In this installment of WEMU’s “The Green Room,” we explore local attempts to make sustainable travel viable, year-round.


Glances at Nature / Audobon Guide

The number of Bald Eagles in Michigan is on the rebound, from 85 pairs in 1970 to 750 pairs today, and they can be seen in all areas of Washtenaw County. Bald Eagles were greatly endangered and facing extinction due to habitat loss, DDT (a now-banned insecticide), and hunting, but they have come back due to conservation measures.

Listen as we talk to Rachelle Roake, Conservation Science Coordinator of Michigan Audubon to discuss the comeback of bald eagles in our county, and recent University of Michigan findings that they are contaminated with flame retardants despite the phase-out of these compounds.

Bad news for bivalves comes this week from scientists studying ocean acidification.

Ocean water in parts of the world is changing. Its chemistry is very slowly becoming more acidic, like lemon juice, and less alkaline, a la baking soda.

The change so far is small — you wouldn't notice if you swam in the ocean or even drank it (not recommended, in any case). But numerous scientific studies show that it could get worse. One reason is that as humans produce more carbon dioxide, a lot is absorbed into the oceans. That makes the water more acidic.

The message from park rangers, amateur metal detectors and regular fisherman at California's Lake Perris is unanimous: The water is lower than they've ever seen it.

DTE Energy / www.dteenergy.com

What role will renewable resources play in Michigan's energy future? In this week's 'Issues of the Environment,'  We get the perspective from DTE Energy. Listen below as WEMU's David Fair talks with DTE Energy President and Chief Operating Officer, Steve Kurmas. 


Solar Energy
courtesy Michigan Solar Solutions

53rd District State Rep. Jeff Irwin (D)-Ann Arbor discussed the Energy Freedom package of bills he is co-sponsoring and what he would like to see set as the new mandate for the state's Renewable Energy Standard. 

 

Grey Wolf
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  The state Senate is urging Congress to end endangered and threatened species protections for gray wolves in Michigan. It passed the resolution Tuesday on a mostly party-line vote.

Michigan has been debating for about two years whether to allow a wolf hunt in the Upper Peninsula. That question was recently put to rest when a federal judge ordered Michigan wolves back on the endangered species list, along with wolves in two other states.

Michigan League of Conservation Voters / www.mlcv.org

With 2015 just getting underway, the list of challenges facing the health and sustainability of the Great Lakes continues to grow. In WEMU's '1st Friday Focus on the Environemnt', host Lisa Wozniak will explore those issues and try and identify solutions. Listen below. 


The City of Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County have invested in a unique study along Swift Creek. With the aid of grants from the DEQ and United States' E.P.A. "green infrastructure" will be installed and studied in a target residential neighborhood.

Jesse Allen and Robert Simmon / NASA Earth Observatory.

Toxic algae has been plaguing Lake Erie—why, and what can we do to stop it?  Perspectives abound, especially when it comes to whether or not measures to prevent it should be voluntary or prescribed by law.  In this month’s “Green Room” show Barbara Lucas explores this simple organism and the complex problems it’s causing.  


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More than half of available housing in Ann Arbor is comprised of rentals. In this week's 'Issues of the Environment' David Fair talks with Ann Arbor Sustainability Associate Jamie Kidwell-Brix about the importance of making these properties more efficient, and what the city and Washtenaw County are doing to help. 


Simple and easy resolutions for 2015 to make your home, community and yourself a better environmental steward. In this week's 'Issues of the Environment', David Fair talks with Ecology center Environmental Coordinator MacKenzie Maxwell about simple simple and inexpensive steps for better sustainability. 


Some 10-acres of property at the Ann Arbor Municipal Airport may soon be home to a massive solar array. In this weeks edition of 'Issues of the Environment'  our guest is City of Ann Arbor Environmental Coordinator Matt Naud. Listen below to the conversation on the genesis of the project, what it will mean to the Ann Arbor area and what other projects it may inspire. 


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The Pope will soon weigh in on Climate Change and the importance of the environment in religion.  In this month's 1st Friday Focus on the Environment,  Lisa Wozniak talks with ConservAmerica Executive Director Rob Sisson. He is a Republican and a Catholic, and weighs in on how the Pope's environmental encyclical will be received. 


Driveway sealant
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Awareness of a serious environmental and health threat is beginning to come to the fore. Serious damage is possible when we use Coal Tar Sealants on our driveways and parking lots. That's the focus of this week's edition of Issues of the Environment.


State officials are reporting what they say is a small natural gas leak in a pipeline in the Upper Peninsula that’s owned by Enbridge Energy.

Brad Wurfel of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality says the leak near Manistique was discovered, reported, and fixed by Enbridge. He says there was a small amount of liquid natural gas
released, but it quickly evaporated. 

“The good news is there’s no lingering environmental damage to discuss with this incident,” he said. 

Scott Bauer / USDA

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources cautions against knee-jerk solutions to curbing wildlife populations.

Coyote
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Humans and Coyotes are more frequently inhabiting the same space. Studies are underway to explore the lives of near-urban coyotes and our ability to co-habitate.  

In this week's 'Issues of the Environment' you'll hear from Wayne State University Researcher Bill Dodge. 


Congress is halfway toward extending the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative for another five years.  The U.S. House has approved the legislation that authorizes funding the initiative at $300-million a year.

Water
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The federal government and area farmers could help improve the quality of water flowing through area rivers and streams. 


Barbara Lucas / 89.1 WEMU

In today’s world, most of our food comes in packages at from the grocery store, and few of us have a real connection to how it got there.  The locavore movement is all about  the benefits of knowing your foods. In the November installment of 89.1 WEMU's 'The Green Room', we  look at local groups reaping myriad benefits of from working to grow their own food.

U-M/SNRE Detroit GHG Inventory Project Team.

A detailed inventory of the sources of greenhouse gas emissions in Detroit has never been done - until now.  A team of University of Michigan graduate students in the School of Natural Resources and Environment spent over a year measuring carbon emissions in Detroit and identifying their sources.

 

  Lisa Wozniak, the Executive Director of the Michigan League of Conservation Voters, speaks with Rich Robinson of the Michigan Campaign Finance Network about money that poured into our state during the latest election cycle.

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