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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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English

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The Environment Report 535 W. William Suite 110 Ann Arbor, MI 48103 (734) 647-3472


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Why we get into conflicts with smart animals

6/21/2018
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If you’ve ever tried to keep a raccoon out of your trash can, you know they’re smart. At my house, it takes a brick on top of the trash can and a bungee cord on top of the lid to keep the raccoons out. New research looks at how animals with complex cognitive abilities might do better in cities, but could end up in more conflicts with people.

Duration:00:03:59

EPA wants your input on next phase of Great Lakes cleanup

6/19/2018
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The Environmental Protection Agency is starting to plan what’s next for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. We’re eight years into that huge cleanup and restoration effort.

Duration:00:04:01

Environmentalists say Enbridge tunnel risky

6/14/2018
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A Canadian company will turn in a report tomorrow outlining whether it thinks a tunnel under the Straits of Mackinac is a feasible option for its pipeline. A tunnel was suggested by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder.

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Changing how people get paid for solar power

6/12/2018
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Until recently, if a home solar array produced more electricity than the house used, it would go through the meter onto the grid. Residents with solar power arrays got paid for that power at the same rate as the power company charged other residents. Power that comes in/power that goes out: same price. This even exchange is called net metering.

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Bugs can tell us whether a river is healthy

6/7/2018
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Eleven years ago on a cold January day, volunteers for the Huron River Watershed Council , Rochelle Breitenbach and Mary Bajcz trudged through the snow and thicket to get to a pristine little stream that flows into the Huron River.

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EPA shifts gears (again) on chemical in paint strippers linked to dozens of deaths

6/5/2018
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The Environmental Protection Agency and at least one retailer have done an about face on a chemical linked to dozens of deaths, but health advocates want more. Methylene chloride is an ingredient in paint strippers. It’s sold at hardware stores and it’s also used commercially. Serious acute risks Beth Kemler is with the group Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families. "I don't think that there is a way that you could possibly warn the public enough. I think it just needs to be off the shelves,"...

Duration:00:03:59

A double whammy for heat islands: fewer trees in cities and more paved surfaces

5/31/2018
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The amount of tree cover in our cities is dropping, and we have more paved surfaces. Those are the main findings from a national study by the U.S. Forest Service.

Duration:00:03:51

Romulus blames high lead levels on one vacant home that's not vacant

5/29/2018
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Three commuities in Michigan are taking a much closer look for lead in their drinking water this year. Houghton, home of Michigan Tech up in the U.P., and the Detroit suburbs of Beverly Hills and Romulus. All three cities did routine testing for lead in water last year. And their lead levels were higher than the federal “action level” of 15 parts per billion. Houghton was barely over the limit and is tweaking how it treats the water. Beverly Hills had the highest level -- but that’s only...

Duration:00:03:59

State agency decisions should make it easier for some companies to add solar, co-gen projects

5/24/2018
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The state's energy regulating agency has issued some decisions that should relieve some of the financial burden on large companies that want to become greener. Bell's Brewery near Kalamazoo wants to be a sustainable company for generations to come. So being able to produce cleaner energy on site would be a good thing. Walker Modic is Bell's sustainability manager. He says he hasn't been able to make a business case for any green projects because of something called standby rates. Standby...

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American Gut Project explores our bodies' microbiomes

5/22/2018
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The first major results are in from the American Gut Project . It’s a citizen science project to get a better understanding of the microbial communities inside our bodies. People pay $99 to send in a sample – a swab from their hands, their mouth, or a stool sample. Daniel McDonald is the project’s scientific director at the University of California-San Diego. “So it turns out that most of the people sending us samples tend to send us fecal samples. We think it must just be the sexy thing...

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Two wolves hanging on with abundant moose on Isle Royale

5/17/2018
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The last two wolves on Isle Royale are still hanging on. The wolf-moose research study on the wilderness island in Lake Superior is now in its 60 th year, and the report from the past year of the study is out today.

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A majority of Americans want the federal government to do more to protect air and water

5/15/2018
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A majority of Americans say the federal government isn’t doing enough to protect air and water quality. That’s the latest from a national Pew Research Center survey . The survey found 69 percent of Americans think the government isn’t doing enough to safeguard water quality, while 64 percent say the government isn't doing enough to protect air quality. Brian Kennedy is one of the authors of the report. He says they also asked people whether it’s possible to cut back on regulations and...

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Anglers want lethal control for a fish-eating bird

5/10/2018
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Fishermen in northern Michigan say the federal government is doing nothing while double-crested cormorants eat up fish the anglers would like to catch. For more than a decade, the government used lethal force to keep cormorant numbers down. A lawsuit ended that and now the birds are showing signs of rebounding in places they are not welcome.

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Trimming food-related greenhouse gas emissions in cities

5/8/2018
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A lot of cities have pledged to cut greenhouse gas emissions in the wake of President Trump's decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate accord. That could mean things like cleaner busses – or energy efficiency. But a sizable chunk of our carbon footprint can be traced to how we get and use our food.

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Why some air quality improvements are slowing down

5/3/2018
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Air quality has gotten better in the U.S. over the last several decades. But more recently, nitrogen oxide and carbon monoxide emissions have not been decreasing the way people expected.

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Can these hungry beetles save hemlocks from an invader?

5/1/2018
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An invasive insect is attacking hemlock trees in Michigan and along the East Coast. The hemlock woolly adelgid is an aphid-like bug, and it can kill hemlocks. In Michigan, people are watching what happens out east, where the pest has been established longer.

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Study: Republicans can be persuasive when correcting climate change misinformation

4/26/2018
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Republicans who correct misinformation on climate change can be even more persuasive than scientists. Salil Benegal is an assistant professor of political science at DePauw University in Indiana. He and his colleague Lyle Scruggs studied what happened when they gave people articles with incorrect information on climate change, and then also gave different groups of those people the correct information that was attributed to a Democrat, a Republican, or a scientist. “We found that the...

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Little eggs, high winds and waves: a piping plover rescue story

4/24/2018
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Piping plovers are little shorebirds, and they're an endangered species in the Great Lakes region. But they’re making a comeback thanks to conservation efforts and even some heroics.

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Retired DEQ staffer: "Politics have become a much bigger part of what's driving the DEQ."

4/19/2018
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In Michigan, we have laws in place that give the state the power to essentially rope off polluted areas instead of cleaning them up. Instead, those laws tell the public: don’t drink the water or build your house here. Sometimes these sites are cleaned up to a certain point and sometimes they’re just left polluted with some measures in place to control the risks. Through a public records request, we've found that there are now more than 2,000 sites like this in Michigan. You can learn more...

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In 1994, Michigan OK’d partial pollution cleanups. Now we have 2,000 contaminated sites.

4/17/2018
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At more than 1,600 sites across the state of Michigan, you can’t drink the groundwater. Well, you could, but it wouldn’t be safe or legal. These sites are properties, groups of properties, and sometimes entire cities with bans on drinking water wells. Dave Dempsey says we're writing off our groundwater. He's a senior policy advisor with the nonprofit water law group For Love of Water (FLOW). “If we were to treat our lakes and streams the way we’re treating groundwater, we’d have a national...

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