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A weekly roundup of environmental news from the Great Lakes Radio Consortium. GLRC is a news service committed to revealing the relationship between the natural world and the everyday lives of people in the Great Lakes region and across North America.

A weekly roundup of environmental news from the Great Lakes Radio Consortium. GLRC is a news service committed to revealing the relationship between the natural world and the everyday lives of people in the Great Lakes region and across North America.
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A weekly roundup of environmental news from the Great Lakes Radio Consortium. GLRC is a news service committed to revealing the relationship between the natural world and the everyday lives of people in the Great Lakes region and across North America.

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An efficient furnace can pay for itself in savings

11/12/2018
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Soon, you’ll start seeing your energy bills start to rise each month because of the cold weather. That’s never fun. But, you might be paying a lot more than necessary to heat your home. We decided to look into whether a new efficient furnace adds up to much in the way of energy savings.

Duration:00:04:10

PFAS causes 'Do not eat the fish' advisories

10/9/2018
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The State of Michigan is finding industrial chemicals known as PFAS in the tissue of fish. So it's been issuing “Don’t Eat the Fish” advisories along lakes, rivers and streams. But there are concerns about whether state officials are doing as much as they should. Before we get too far into the story, we have to start with a little science. The reason PFAS chemical contamination in fish is such a concern is because of something called bioaccumulation . If there is a toxic substance in the...

Duration:00:04:40

PFAS: How much do residents trust state officials?

10/5/2018
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UPDATE: This story was updated at 3:53 p.m. This week, the Environment Report is looking at industrial chemicals called per- and polyfluoralkyl substances – or PFAS. People all over Michigan have questions about these chemicals that are being found in their drinking water.

Duration:00:04:02

PFAS: What are the possible health risks?

10/4/2018
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This week, we’re looking at PFAS chemicals: they're industrial chemicals that have contaminated water sources around the state. PFAS chemicals are used to make a lot of products stain and water resistant.

Duration:00:04:12

PFAS: Why are we suddenly hearing about this?

10/2/2018
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There have been more news stories in recent months about water contamination from a group of industrial chemicals. PFAS chemical pollution seems to have come out of nowhere. That’s not exactly true. PFAS contamination has been known to be a problem. What's different is we’re discovering the problem is bigger than imagined.

Duration:00:04:38

PFAS: What is this stuff?

10/1/2018
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In recent months, the State of Michigan has found several places where drinking water and fish are contaminated by a class of chemicals called PFAS. This pollution is coming from a variety of sources.

Duration:00:04:17

Why this 2010 approval of a multi-million gallon Great Lakes water diversion is drawing new scrutiny

9/21/2018
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When Peter Annin , director of the Burke Center for Freshwater Innovation at Northland College, was completing research for an updated version of his book The Great Lakes Water Wars , he discovered a detail about Great Lakes water diversions that had gone unnoticed for 8 years. According to his findings, the state of Wisconsin never announced that in 2010, it approved the village of Pleasant Prairie's request to extract seven million gallons of water per day from Lake Michigan, the largest...

Duration:00:11:46

Bicyclists ask motorists to do the Dutch Reach

9/11/2018
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Riding a bike to work might be good for the environment, but automobile drivers are still getting used to the idea of sharing the road.

Duration:00:03:59

100 years since the return of elk to Michigan

9/4/2018
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The elk is an important Michigan symbol. It’s even on our state flag. But have you ever seen an elk in the wild in Michigan? Did you even know there are elk in Michigan?

Duration:00:03:59

Tiny stickers help scientists learn about monarch butterfly migration

8/30/2018
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The monarch butterflies that are emerging right now in Michigan have a long trip ahead of them.

Duration:00:03:59

Agencies investigating whitefish decline in the Great Lakes

8/28/2018
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Lake whitefish are the most important commercial fish species in Michigan. But in the last decade, state biologists say fishers are harvesting about a third of what they used to get. The catch dropped to 1.7 million pounds last year, down from five million pounds in the early 2000s. Agencies across the Great Lakes are trying to learn more about the population decline.

Duration:00:03:59

Why house sparrows can eat starch: the evolution of city wildlife

8/23/2018
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The creatures that live with us in cities – things like spiders, owls, lizards and mice – are evolving over time. A new set of studies in a special issue of the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B looks at all kinds of organisms that thrive in cities and how city life affects the ways they evolve.

Duration:00:03:59

Most Americans approve of genetic engineering that benefits human health, but not other uses

8/21/2018
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Many Americans are ok with genetic engineering of animals if it benefits human health. But a lot of people oppose other uses of the technology. Those are the findings of a new Pew Research Center survey .

Duration:00:03:59

New clues to a disease affecting Michigan rattlesnakes

8/16/2018
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We have a rattlesnake in Michigan called the eastern massasauga. It’s listed as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. One of the threats it’s facing is a disease called snake fungal disease, and it can kill the snakes. Researchers have figured out some clues about how the pathogen affects the snakes.

Duration:00:03:59

China doesn’t want most of our plastics or junk mail anymore… so now what?

8/14/2018
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The global market for recycling has changed dramatically over the last year, and it’s already trickling down to what happens at the curb.

Duration:00:03:59

We're using less water as a nation, but Michigan still ranks 10th

8/9/2018
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Water use in the U.S. has dropped to its lowest level in about 45 years. But the U.S. Geological Survey found 12 states accounted for more than 50% of the total water withdrawals in the U.S. – and Michigan ranks 10th on that list.

Duration:00:03:59

Scientists creating meteotsunami warning system for the Great Lakes

8/7/2018
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Scientists are creating an experimental warning system for meteotsunamis in the Great Lakes. Meteotsunamis are potentially dangerous waves that are driven by storms. Eric Anderson is a physical oceanographer with the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory, with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. “Meteotsunamis are a very particular kind of wave and we don’t yet have the ability to forecast when and where they’re going to occur,” he says.

Duration:00:04:00

If you find this weird, gelatinous blob in a Michigan lake, it's a good sign

8/2/2018
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If you’re out on a lake this summer and you stumble on a blob that looks like an alien life form, it could actually be a good thing. Jo Latimore got an email recently about a weird-looking greenish-gray gelatinous blob that a boater found in Juno Lake in Cass County. Latimore is an aquatic ecologist at Michigan State University. She says she got an email from the boater saying, “We found something that’s pretty gross attached to the bottom of one of our pontoon boats and we’re afraid of what...

Duration:00:03:58

EPA proposes new rule for asbestos

7/31/2018
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Asbestos is known to cause cancer. It’s banned for some uses in the U.S., but it’s not entirely banned . The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing a new rule, and new ways to evaluate the safety of asbestos.

Duration:00:03:58

Your takeout meal might be harming the Great Lakes

7/26/2018
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There's a scene in the 1967 film The Graduate where a well-meaning friend of the family pulls Dustin Hoffman's character aside at his graduation party, and gives him this advice: "There's a great future in plastics - think about it, will you think about it? ... That's a deal." But back then, the downside of plastic wasn't apparent.

Duration:00:03:59