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Environment
8:28 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Issues of the Environment: Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is an illness caused by a spirochete bacterium (Borrelia burgdorferi). This disease is transmitted to people and animals primarily by the bite of the tick, Ixodes scapularis.

Two Washtenaw County residents have contracted Lyme disease so far this year. Issues of the Environment explores how to avoid contracting the affliction.

 It is peak season for the ticks that carry Lyme Disease. In this week's installment of Issues of the Environment, WEMU's David Fair talks with Erik Foster. Erick is Medical Entomologist with the Michigan Department of Community Health's communicable Disease Division. They discuss how to protect yourself from contracting Lyme Disease, what to look for if you suspect you've come in contact with an infected Tick, and how climate change may increase the areas where the ticks are found.

Environment
8:58 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Issues of the Environment: Pall Life Sciences Remediation

Remediation continues on Dioxane Plume that spread from the former Gelman Sciences property in Scio Township. Now, current property owners Pall Life Sciences is leaving, but there is still a great deal of remediation work to be done.

Pall Life Sciences is  leaving the Ann Arbor area this summer, prompting many to become concerned about the company's commitment to ongoing remediation of 1-4, Dioxane contamination. 

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Environment
2:49 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Michigan Researcher Suggests Shifting Greenhouse Focus

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  A University of Michigan professor says improving the fuel efficiency of cars is a good thing, but he warns that alternative fuel vehicles are not the greenhouse gas "silver bullet" some make them out to be.  WEMU's Bob Eccles has the story.

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Environment
8:02 am
Fri June 7, 2013

First Friday Focus on the Environment: The Great Lakes and Michigan Waterways

  On the first Friday of every month, WEMU sets aside 20-minutes to thoroughly discuss an issue of environmental importance.  WEMU's David Fair and Michigan League of Conservation Voters Executive Director co-host the segment, and this week the guest is Ann Arbor's own Lana Pollack. Lana has served as State Senator, President of the Michigan environmental Council and is currently the U-S Chair of the International Joint Commission, as appointed by President Barack Obama.

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Environment
11:59 am
Wed June 5, 2013

Issues of the Environment: The Greening of Ann Arbors Municipal Golf Courses

Leslie Park Golf Couse is owned and operated by the City of Ann Arbor
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In this week's installment of "Issues of the Environment", WEMU's David Fair talks with Scott Spooner about the the environmental initiatives underway at the public golf courses in Ann Arbor. Mr. Spooner is the Superintendent of Golf Courses for the City of Ann Arbor.

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Environment
7:19 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Water Street Trail in Ypsilanti Featured in National Trails Day

    

The American Hiking Society on Saturday will  host an event as part of National Trails Day.  As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports it will be an opportunity for the community to acquaint itself with the Water Street Trail and progress being made on the Border to Border Trail in Washtenaw County.

 

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Local News
6:17 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Huron River Watershed Council Holds Resident Conversations

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The Huron River Watershed Council is embarking on a series of "resident conversations" to hear concerns and answer questions from those who live along the water's edge.  WEMU's Bob Eccles interviewed HRWC Executive Director Laura Rubin about the effort.

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Environment
9:07 am
Wed May 29, 2013

Issues of the Environment: Ann Arbor's PACE Program

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In this week's installment of "Issues of the Environment" WEMU's David Fair talks with the Clean Energy Coalition's Rebecca Filbey. Rebecca is the Program Supervisor for the City of Ann Arbor's Property Assessed Clean Energy, or PACE program

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Environment
8:02 am
Tue May 28, 2013

Insects Threaten Michigan Hemlock Trees, May Face Similar Fate as Ash Trees

Hemlock woolly adelgid (Adelges tsugae), commonly abbreviated as HWA, is a true bug native to East Asia that feeds by sucking sap from hemlock and spruce trees.
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Hemlock trees in Michigan face an insect threat similar to the bug that wiped out most of the state's ash trees.  WEMU's Bob Eccles has the story. 

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Environment
9:07 am
Fri May 24, 2013

March Against Monsanto comes to Ann Arbor

The March Against Monsanto will be held May 25

Downtown Ann Arbor, on Saturday, will be the site of a protest march and rally. The "March Against Monsanto" will begin at 1 pm on the University of Michigan central campus Diag, and proceed to Hanover Square Park for the rally.  On "Morning Edition" today, WEMU's David Fair caught up with the woman who organized the protest, Kryssi Jones.

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Environment
9:57 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Issues of the Environment: Prescribed Ecological Burns

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In this week's installment of Issues of the Environment, WEMU's David Fair explores the importance of prescribed ecological burns in our area parks. The guest this week is David Borneman. David is Natural Areas Preservation Manager for the City of Ann Arbor. 

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Environment
8:47 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Issues of the Environment: Using Technology to Protect Birds at Wind Farms

In this week's installment, WEMU's David Fair looks at how technology will help spare the lives of birds around windmill farms, and better map delicate ecosystems. The guest this week is Russell Conard. Russell is Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer for the Washtenaw County start-up company Ornicept.

For more info on Ornicept's work:  ornicept.com

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First Friday Focus on the Environment
8:36 am
Fri May 3, 2013

First Friday Focus on the Environment

The Obama administration wants to continue funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative at its current level of $300 million, but is it enough?  This month's First Friday Focus on the Environment from WEMU examines how the initiative has helped the Great Lakes.  Our guest is the Executive Director of the National Wildlife Federation's Great Lakes Regional Center, Andy Buchsbaum.

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Environment
9:44 am
Fri April 26, 2013

The Green Room: 35 years of Recycle Ann Arbor

Report on history of Recycle Ann Arbor

From a half-dozen college students with a beat up truck to a major business, Barbara Lucas traces the 35 year history of Recycle Ann Arbor on The Green Room from WEMU.

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Environment
2:06 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

No Action Taken On Environment Michigan Solar Proposal

Solar panels at the Corner Brewery
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Environment Michigan Tuesday night made a presentation to Ypsilanti City Council on how the city could become a solar energy leader in Michigan, but its recommendation that the city set a goal of having solar panels on 1,000 roofs by the year 2020 was not immediately acted upon. 

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Environment
9:22 am
Fri March 29, 2013

The Green Room: Green Burials

In-depth report on 'green burials'.

Being environmentally responsible, even in death.  A fascinating look at 'green burials' on The Green Room from WEMU.

Environment
9:45 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Issues of the Environment: Energy Efficient Vehicle Infrastructure

Plug-In Ready Michigan is a statewide plan that provides the necessary information and tools to planners, local officials, consumers, and private enterprises to prepare for an increase in plug-in electric vehicle use.

This week's Issues of the Environment from WEMU examines infrastructure needs to meet the growing demand for electric vehicles and hybrids.  Our guest is the project manager for "Plug-in Ready Michigan", Mark Rabinsky. 

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Environment
9:28 am
Wed March 13, 2013

Issues of the Environment: Solar Arrays in Ann Arbor

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Some controversy over large solar power arrays in northeast Ann Arbor.  Ann Arbor city council member Jane Lumm is our guest on this week's Issues of the Environment from WEMU.

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Environment
1:38 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

The Green Room: Housing Choices Impact Greenhouse Gases

report on climate impact of housing options

This week on The Green Room, Barbara Lucas examines how available housing choices -- or the lack thereof -- in Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor, impact the level of greenhouse gasses.

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Local News
5:20 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Water Quality Monitoring In Huron River Watershed

WEMU's Bob Eccles speaks with Watershed Planner Ric Lawson about results of the Huron River Watershed Council's 2012 water quality monitoring.

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Environment
9:18 am
Fri February 1, 2013

First Friday Focus on the Environment

Washtenaw County will soon surpass 10-thousand acres of land protected from development.  Barry Lonik is President of Treemore Ecology and Land Services, and a long-time advocate for land preservation in the county.  Lonik is our guest for February's First Friday Focus on the Environment from WEMU.

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University of Michigan
11:31 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Sustainability Gains at UofM

  University of Michigan officials say a new report on sustainability efforts on campus shows progress on most of the school's five goals.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

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Environment
9:19 am
Tue January 22, 2013

The Green Room: Food Waste

On any given day, we waste a lot of food, whether it's during preparation, after it hits our plates, or because it's gone bad in the refrigerator.  Most of us probably don't think of this as an environmental issue, but it is.  

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Environment
10:23 am
Fri January 4, 2013

First Friday Focus on the Environment

Michigan Environmental Council Communications Director Hugh McDiarmid discusses environmental decisions made by state lawmakers in 2012 on this month's First Friday Focus on the Environment from WEMU.

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Environment
9:18 am
Fri December 7, 2012

First Friday Focus on the Environment

December's First Friday Focus on the Environment from WEMU examines Michigan's energy future with Bill Rustem, the Strategy Director for Michigan Governor Rick Snyder.

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