Environment Report-logo

Environment Report

Michigan PR

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.
More Information

Location:

Ann Arbor, MI

Networks:

Michigan PR

Description:

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.

Language:

English

Contact:

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


Episodes

Study: Low income, rural areas most vulnerable to drinking water violations

2/20/2018
More
Low-income, rural areas are the most vulnerable to drinking water quality violations that could affect people’s health, according to a new nationwide study .

Duration:00:03:59

Hundreds race to catch "dinosaur of a fish"

2/13/2018
More
This month, hundreds of spear fishers went to Black Lake in northern Michigan. They competed to catch just six lake sturgeon before the fishing season ended. Sturgeon are a state threatened species, and their harvest is tightly regulated.

Duration:00:03:59

Oscoda residents wonder why state hasn't done more about PFAS foam

2/8/2018
More
People who live in Oscoda are concerned about foam containing toxic chemicals known as per-and-polyfluoroalkyl substances – or PFAS – that keeps appearing on Van Etten Lake. The serene lake in Northeast Michigan is surrounded by trees and houses. But it also has foamy stuff that looks like soap scum floating along its shores. Residents are wondering why the state isn’t doing more about it.

Duration:00:03:59

Insecticides showing up in Great Lakes rivers

2/1/2018
More
Insecticides widely used on farms, lawns and gardens — known as neonicitinoids — are showing up in rivers across the Great Lakes region. Michelle Hladik, a research chemist with the U.S. Geological Survey and the lead author of the new study in the journal Environmental Pollution , says they found the highest concentrations of neonicitinoids in the rivers they tested during the spring and summer months.

Duration:00:03:59

Traverse City high schoolers convince their Congressman to join climate caucus

1/30/2018
More
The climate solutions caucus in the U.S. House is a group of more than 60 Democrats and Republicans who want to address climate change. Representative Fred Upton from St. Joseph just joined the caucus . Last fall, Representative Jack Bergman, R-MI 1st District, announced he was joining the caucus. He represents northern Michigan. A group of Traverse City high schoolers were the unlikely lobbyists who helped convince Bergman to join the caucus.

Duration:00:03:59

Merlin vs plover: a hungry falcon and an endangered shorebird

1/25/2018
More
Piping plovers are little white and gray shorebirds. You might’ve seen them running around on the beach. Sarah Saunders is a post-doctoral researcher at Michigan State University. “The majority of the piping plovers in the Great Lakes region nest at Sleeping Bear Dunes,” she says. “The chicks look like little fluffy cotton balls on toothpicks because their legs are really long and they’re very cute. And they make a very high pitched piping noise.”

Duration:00:03:59

Study: We can spread the flu virus into the air when we breathe

1/23/2018
More
Health experts say we can catch the flu if someone coughs near us. But now there’s evidence we can spread the influenza virus into the air just by breathing.

Duration:00:04:00

Residents in Oscoda wonder why state didn't act on PFAS issues sooner

1/18/2018
More
At least 14 communities in Michigan have water contaminated with a family of chemicals known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS . One of those sites, in West Michigan, has gotten a lot of attention recently. This month, the state abruptly announced a cleanup standard for PFAS. But these chemicals have been a pollution problem in the state for years. In Oscoda, some residents are wondering why remediation is taking so long.

Duration:00:03:59

Historic shipwreck preservation in danger in the Great Lakes

1/16/2018
More
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
More
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
More
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
More
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.

Duration:00:03:59

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

1/2/2018
More
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
More
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
More
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
More
"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
More
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
More
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
More
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
More
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

See More