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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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Ann Arbor, MI

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Michigan PR

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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


Episodes

Historic shipwreck preservation in danger in the Great Lakes

1/16/2018
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More than three centuries of thriving marine commerce and those notorious storms in the Great Lakes have given Michigan a wealth of historic shipwrecks. There are nearly a thousand on the bottomlands of the state's 13 designated underwater preserves alone. But Michigan's mostly volunteer system of protecting the shipwrecks is showing signs of trouble.

Duration: 00:03:59


Our rivers and streams are getting saltier

1/11/2018
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There’s too much salt getting into our rivers and streams. A new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences finds over the past 50 years, freshwater systems across the country have become saltier, and that can cause problems for people, wildlife and our infrastructure.

Duration: 00:03:59


UV light could be a ray of hope for bats with white-nose syndrome

1/9/2018
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Scientists might have found a new way to combat white-nose syndrome , a disease caused by a fungus killing millions of bats in the U.S. and Canada.

Duration: 00:03:59


Small streams tell us a lot about our ecosystems. But are we listening?

1/4/2018
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Streams can tell us a lot about the health of an ecosystem. But some researchers say we can do a better job of paying attention to those streams.

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L&S: Great Lakes islanders band together to preserve their way of life

1/2/2018
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There are about 32,000 islands in the Great Lakes. Most are uninhabited. But for those who live year-round on about 30 of them, it can be an isolating experience. Now, Great Lakes islanders are getting together to tackle some of the problems they have in common.

Duration: 00:03:59


Should we ever leave invasives alone?

12/21/2017
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Invasive plants and animals are an expensive problem in the United States. Federal agencies spent more than $104 million last year to control them. But a study on the garlic mustard plant shows that it might be better to leave some invasives alone.

Duration: 00:03:59


Scientists create genetically engineered veggie burger that bleeds

12/19/2017
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Scientists have created a vegan burger that bleeds like beef. It’s called the Impossible Burger and its creators argue it’s better for the planet. But there are some questions about the substance the company uses.

Duration: 00:03:59


U.P. tribe wants to know: "When can we eat the fish?" Researchers try to answer.

12/14/2017
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"When can we eat the fish?” That’s what the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula wants to know. Officials in Michigan issue fish advisories . Those recommend limits on how much fish we eat because of toxic chemicals that can build up in fish. Indigenous communities in the Great Lakes are at greater risk because they eat a lot of fish. For years, there was a focus on trying to get tribes to follow the advisories more closely. But some people argue that’s the wrong way...

Duration: 00:03:59


When fish advisories threaten a traditional way of life

12/12/2017
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If you eat wild caught fish from Michigan, you might know about fish consumption advisories . They’re recommended limits on safe amounts of fish to eat, and they're necessary because toxic chemicals build up in fish in the Great Lakes and inland lakes and streams. What you might not know is that toxic exposure from fish consumption for indigenous communities in the Great Lakes is two to thirteen times the national average. Because fish are so important to a traditional diet, tribes in the...

Duration: 00:03:59


Invasive plants can adapt to new climates in their quest for world domination

12/7/2017
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Invasive species tend to do well in new places, and they can push out native species. There’s an assumption that they do better in the same kind of environment as the country they came from. But scientists have found that some invasive plants can change and adapt to new continents and new climates.

Duration: 00:03:59


Water contamination in West Michigan prompts questions, concerns

12/5/2017
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People in northern Kent County have been dealing with the recent discovery of groundwater contamination for the past several months. Some residents still have questions about what caused it and how it could affect their health.

Duration: 00:03:59


Investigators point to fungicides as one reason for bumblebee declines

11/21/2017
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We’ve heard a lot about honeybees and how important they are as pollinators. But bumblebees pollinate wildflowers and crops, too, and some kinds of bumblebees are in trouble.

Duration: 00:03:59


Risky, common lead pipe replacement practice gets a second look in Michigan

11/16/2017
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Because of the Flint water crisis, several Michigan cities are making long term plans to replace old lead water pipes that connect homes to the water main. That is good for public health, but well-meaning municipal water operators can actually make lead exposure worse if they’re not careful.

Duration: 00:07:57


Battle Creek now tests water at homes with lead water pipes because of Flint

11/14/2017
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One of the things Flint’s water operators got in trouble for was falsifying records; for saying the city was testing homes at the highest risk of having elevated lead levels when it was not. But records obtained by Michigan Radio show Flint is not the only city in the state that tested the wrong homes over the years and potentially underestimated lead in water. The biggest culprit for high lead in tap water is the lead water pipes that connect a house to the water main. That’s why cities...

Duration: 00:03:59


Agencies report to Congress on Asian carp control efforts

11/9/2017
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There are several federal agencies in charge of trying to control Asian carp, and they just came out with their latest report to Congress on how those efforts are going.

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The power grid is susceptible to climate change, but it can be made more adaptable

11/2/2017
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The reliability of our power supply is vulnerable to climate change. But the grid can be made more adaptable. Those are the conclusions of a new study in the journal Nature Climate Change .

Duration: 00:03:59


Tribes work to keep wild rice harvest going in the Great Lakes region

10/31/2017
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For generations, Native Americans in the northern Great Lakes have harvested wild rice. It's an important food source. For some it's a way to make a little extra cash. And it's a cultural touchstone that tribal members are trying to pass on to younger generations.

Duration: 00:03:59


Sea lampreys gaining ground in Lakes Superior and Erie, but scientists aren't sure exactly why

10/26/2017
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Lakes Superior and Erie have too many sea lampreys. The invasive fish latch onto big fish like lake trout and salmon and drink their blood and body fluids. A single lamprey can kill up to 40 pounds of fish in its lifetime.

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Lawmaker argues Northern Michigan bike trail route will hurt farmers

10/24/2017
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A group in northern Michigan has been working for more than a decade to connect a bike trail between Suttons Bay and Harbor Springs. But now, one legislator says the proposed path could harm the agriculture industry. Representative Triston Cole, R-Mancelona, says local farmers have concerns about security and safety along the route.

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As Great Lakes leaders meet, some in Toledo still don’t trust their tap water

10/19/2017
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If you hit the grocery stores in the Toledo area a couple weeks ago, hoping to pick up some bottled water, you were out of luck. Several stores completely sold out, thanks to rumors that the city would soon be issuing another “do not drink” advisory for tap water. It didn’t. But water pollution in the Maumee River and western Lake Erie is creating harmful blooms so large, you can literally see them from space.

Duration: 00:04:01

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