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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


Episodes

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


Why Canada geese like to spend the winter in northern cities

10/17/2017
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Canada geese have been spending their winters farther north. Scientists have figured out geese are drawn to cities for safety more so than for food.

Duration: 00:03:59


Lakes Michigan, Huron are now clearer than Superior

10/12/2017
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Lake Superior is cold, deep and clear. But it’s no longer the clearest of the Great Lakes. Lakes Michigan and Huron have gotten clearer , bumping Lake Superior to number three. Scientists have been able to figure how much clearer by using satellite imagery.

Duration: 00:03:59


This pretty plant is causing some surprising problems

10/10/2017
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Forests in our region are under attack from a shrub. The culprit is an ornamental plant called Japanese barberry . It was introduced from Asia in the late 1800s. It’s been in used in landscaping in Michigan for decades, but it’s considered invasive . I just found out I have some in my front yard. They’re pretty, with bright red berries that birds love to eat.

Duration: 00:04:01


Michigan's toxic 1973 PBB food contamination associated with more health effects

10/5/2017
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Researchers find there could be more health effects lingering decades after a toxic contamination of Michigan’s food supply. In 1973 , a plant owned by Velsicol Chemical made a mistake and shipped a toxic flame retardant chemical to a livestock feed plant. It’s called polybrominated biphenyl, or PBB. It took about a year to discover the accident. Millions of Michiganders ate contaminated beef, chicken, pork, milk and eggs.

Duration: 00:03:59


Can you get into the Huron Mountain Club? No. Here are 13 things we learned about it.

10/3/2017
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Well... it's not an absolute "no." It's more of a "probably not," given what we've learned about the Huron Mountain Club in reporting this story. We'll get to the downright practical ways you might get into the club below. In the meantime, we'll just say it doesn't hurt your chances if you’re Channing Tatum , or related to Henry Ford (and even Ford had trouble getting in).

Duration: 00:03:59


Michigan scientists put spiders to work for the fashion industry - and the Army

9/28/2017
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The silky strands made by spiders are prized for their strength and suppleness. Now, scientists in the Great Lakes region are using technology to reproduce spider silk. And there's a wide range of users – from the Army to a famous British fashion designer.

Duration: 00:04:01


Veterinarians may find themselves making "hive calls" under new regulations

9/26/2017
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Most veterinarians probably don't picture themselves working with bees. But thanks to new federal regulations , more and more might soon find themselves with six-legged patients.

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New "commander" of MDEQ's beleaguered drinking water division hopes to boost morale

9/21/2017
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There’s a new guy running the drinking water division at the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. Eric Oswald served 12 years of active duty in the Air Force. He spent the last five years as a commander at the Air National Guard Base in Battle Creek. Oswald is not a drinking water expert.

Duration: 00:03:59


Why lawsuits over climate change are on the rise

9/12/2017
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The number of state and federal lawsuits related to climate change has been on the rise since 2006. Sabrina McCormick is an associate professor of environmental and occupational health at The George Washington University Miliken Institute School of Public Health. She's the lead author of a study in the journal Science that finds the role of climate science in court is changing.

Duration: 00:03:59


Antidepressants are building up in fish brains in the Great Lakes region

9/7/2017
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Antidepressants that people take are building up in the brains of fish like walleye, bass, and perch. Researchers studied fish from the Niagara River, which connects lakes Erie and Ontario.

Duration: 00:03:59


Solving a sugar maple mystery

9/5/2017
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Earthworms seem pretty harmless. But they’re causing problems for Michigan’s multi-million dollar sugar maple industry. That’s the finding of a study by Tara Bal, a research assistant professor of forest resources and environmental science at Michigan Technological University.

Duration: 00:03:59


Detroit's Whitney Mansion is going green

8/31/2017
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The 123-year old Whitney Mansion wastes a lot of electricity. But now the Detroit icon is going green. Let's just hope the ghost living there is okay with it.

Duration: 00:03:59


Bloody red shrimp: invasive species or tasty snack?

8/29/2017
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Around the Great Lakes, millions of dollars are spent to fight invasive species like Asian carp. But when scientists find a new animal or plant in the area, it’s not always clear if it’s harmful or helpful.

Duration: 00:04:00


Northern Michigan fishermen wrestle over catching carp

8/24/2017
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Common carp have been in Michigan since the late 1800s. They’re not considered an invasive species because they’ve been around so long. Many people consider them to be a “trash fish,” but flyfishing for carp is very popular in northern Michigan. This year, though, guides have cancelled trips and lost thousands of dollars because they can’t find the fish. Some blame another growing sport: bowfishing.

Duration: 00:03:59


Why we could have more toxic blooms in our warming world

8/22/2017
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There’s a green bloom of cyanobacteria on Lake Erie again. People who run water utilities and scientists are watching the bloom because the cyanobacteria can produce toxins called microcystins that are dangerous for people and pets. It's what made Toledo’s drinking water unsafe to drink in 2014. Chris Winslow directs Ohio Sea Grant and Ohio State University’s Stone Laboratory. He says the bloom’s covering about 10% of the western basin.

Duration: 00:04:00


Building a better Lyme disease test?

8/17/2017
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Experts tell us it’s important to treat Lyme disease early, and state officials say Lyme disease is the most common tick-borne disease in Michigan. But officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say it can sometimes be confused with a similar condition that’s also transmitted by ticks, called Southern Tick-Associated Rash Illness, or STARI. A research team has found a way to help tell these conditions apart early.

Duration: 00:03:59


We still don’t know if the Flint water crisis caused miscarriages

8/15/2017
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One of the toughest things about being a parent in Flint right now is the uncertainty. If your kid gets diagnosed with ADHD, or struggles in school, there’s a part of you that wonders: is it because of the lead exposure? The same goes for women who lost a pregnancy. Two studies have been looking at miscarriages in Flint for more than a year now. But miscarriages are really hard to track. So even now, we still don’t have good answers for those moms.

Duration: 00:04:00


Why did the Asian carp cross the electric barrier? This scientist is on the case.

8/10/2017
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An Asian carp was caught this summer in a place where it shouldn’t be – beyond an electric barrier meant to keep the species out of Lake Michigan and the rest of the Great Lakes. Now, a researcher at Southern Illinois University is trying to figure out just how it got there.

Duration: 00:03:59


Trying to trap invasive sea lamprey with "eel ladders"

8/8/2017
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The sea lamprey is an invasive fish with a round mouth like a suction cup. It latches onto big fish like lake trout and salmon, drills its razor sharp tongue into them, and gets fat drinking their blood and body fluids. A single lamprey can kill up to 40 pounds of fish in its lifetime. We spend about $20 million dollars a year to control lampreys. One of the main ways people do that is with a pesticide, but researchers are working on other ways to control the invasive species.

Duration: 00:04:00

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