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From wilderness to wasteland: How the destruction of Michigan’s forests shaped our state

10/17/2018
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This is part three of our series "An Idea on the Land." Part one is here . Part two is here . It’s the summer of 1831. A young French writer arrives in Michigan, hoping to get a glimpse of untouched American wilderness. He sets off from Detroit. "A mile out of town," he writes, "the road goes into forest and never comes out of it."

Duration:00:09:08

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...

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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.

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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.

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Your questions about PFAS, answered.

10/3/2018
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Over the past two years, Michiganders across the state have become aware of the chemicals known as PFAS. They first made news when elevated levels were found in more than 20 private water wells in Oscoda. Now, there are 35 known contamination sites around the state.

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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.

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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.

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Stateside: Former EPA official condemns mileage rollback; play explores experience of dementia

9/25/2018
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Today on Stateside , a former Environmental Protection Agency advisor, along with hundreds of of other former EPA employees, are speaking out against the Trump administration's plan to weaken national fuel economy standards. Plus, Detroit Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Charlie LeDuff on his new book Sh*tshow: The Country's Collapsing... and the Ratings are Great.

Duration:00:50:07

Stateside: State responds to Wisconsin water diversion; Detroit Lions celebrate an unexpected win

9/24/2018
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Today on Stateside , a Michigan official responds to the controversy surrounding Wisconsin’s quiet approval of a 2010 request to divert nearly 11 million gallons of Great Lakes water per day. Plus, a comic book that explores the repatriation of Native American remains and the relationship between indigenous tribes and museums.

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Stateside: Wisconsin’s suspect water diversion, UM orchestra gives sci-fi film a live soundtrack

9/21/2018
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Today on Stateside , why a large diversion of Lake Michigan water approved by the state of Wisconsin in 2010 is drawing new scrutiny. Plus, ringing in the first weekend of fall with a Michigan version of a tropical cocktail.

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Upcoming changes to The Environment Report

9/14/2018
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Michigan Radio will make changes to its environmental coverage beginning in October. The Environment Report , which has explored the relationship between the natural world and the everyday lives of people in Michigan for nearly twenty years, will no longer air at fixed times on Tuesday and Thursday mornings and afternoons. Instead, reports will now air periodically during Michigan Radio's morning and afternoon news magazines, Morning Edition (M-F, 5-9am) and All Things Considered (M-F,...

Duration:00:02:54

"They lied to us" about contaminated groundwater, say residents near Ford's Livonia plant

9/13/2018
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Two years ago, residents of Alden Village, a small subdivision directly east of Ford Motor Company's Livonia Transmission, got a letter from the automaker. It was not good news.

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The science behind Michigan’s northern lights display tonight

9/11/2018
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Justin Kasper , associate professor in the department of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering at the University of Michigan, tells us what’s causing tonight’s northern lights display in Michigan.

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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.

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Toledo works to restore trust in its water after 2014 microcystin scare

9/6/2018
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Four years ago , the city of Toledo told more than 450,000 residents to immediately stop drinking water out of the tap. That's after a toxin called microcystin was detected in the water. The toxin came from a bloom of cyanobacteria that had surrounded the city's water intake in Lake Erie. The incident caused panic among some residents, hoarding of water, even fights at bottled water distribution sites - along with a lot of unwanted national media attention. And it taught the city some hard...

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?

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Neighborhoods and health: How where you live impacts how you feel

8/31/2018
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Past research has indicated that where you live can affect your health. But what factors go into that, and how do you know just how bad or good your neighborhood is for you health?

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Why the exploding meteor over Michigan in January was a data jackpot for scientists

8/31/2018
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In January, there were sightings of a fireball in the sky over Southeast Michigan. The following day, the United States Geological Survey confirmed it was a meteoroid which had exploded in the atmosphere. At the time, the loud "boom" it caused was reported to register at 2.0 on the Richter scale, but for the USGS and NASA, it didn't seem like that big of a deal.

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"You've gotta do it yourself": Grand Traverse Tribe collects sonar images of Line 5

8/30/2018
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Frustrated by what they say is inadequate information provided to them by Enbridge, the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians sent their own tribal research vessel to the Straits of Mackinac on Thursday to take sonar imagery of the company’s Line 5 pipelines. The vessel and side-scan sonar equipment are normally used to map the lake bottom and help the Tribe assess things like fish habitat. The sonar provides three-dimensional images of underwater terrain. This is the first time...

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Stateside 8.30.2018

8/30/2018
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On Stateside today, Michigan tribal members and other activists plan to paddle the Mackinac Straits to protest Enbridge's Line 5 pipeline. Plus, why the language we use when talking about cancer matters. To hear individual conversations, click here or see below:

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