Today on Stateside, we check in on the sentencing hearing for former sports doctor Larry Nassar, and a PFAS expert answers basic questions about the chemicals. Also today, an inventor explains how he turned satellite dishes into wind turbines that help irrigate crops and charge phones.
After Michigan's meteor show Tuesday night , the hunt was on to find fragments. Larry Atkins and Robert Ward of the American Meteor Society flew here from Arizona in hopes of finding a piece, and today they were successful. They located several meteorites on a frozen lake near Hamburg, Michigan.
PFAS is an acronym for a group of industrial chemicals known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances. They've been used since the '50s, in everything from firefighting foam to fast-food paper wrappers to stain-resistant textiles and carpeting, waterproof shoes and boots, non-stick pots and pans, and 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.
Today on Stateside , a meteorite hunter explains just what caused that bright flash of light in Tuesday night's sky. And, we learn how Muskegon "snurfers" plowed the way for snowboarding's popularity. We also discuss whether a sandhill crane hunt is coming to Michigan soon, and we hear why Michigan Radio's sports commentator John U. Bacon calls MSU President Simon's appearance in court today little more than "political expediency."
The name “America” was drawn from the first name of the Italian explorer Amerigo Vespucci, who died in 1512. But the first inhabitants of what we now call “North America” call it "Turtle Island." A new video game called Thunderbird Strike lets players protect Turtle Island, particularly from the oil industry.
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.
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.
Michigan has set new cleanup rules for chemicals that have contaminated drinking water sources all around the state. The chemicals in question are per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). They were used in firefighting foam and in a wide range of products, from fast-food paper wrappers to textiles and carpeting, pesticides, printing inks, and more. They have since been linked to some cancers and other health problems.
The Next Idea Innovation centers can come in all shapes, sizes, and locations. That's the message from Orbion Space Technology , a recent grand prize winner in this year's Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition . Brad King is CEO of Orbion Space Technology and a professor at Michigan Technological University in Houghton. He joined The Next Idea to talk about nanosatellites and the future of commercial space. Read highlights below, or listen to the full conversation at the bottom of the...
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.
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.
Michigan has held one wolf hunt. That was in 2013, when 22 wolves were killed in the Upper Peninsula. The next year, a federal judge put wolves back on the endangered species list. Since then, lawmakers from Michigan, as well as Minnesota and Wisconsin, have tried to tack on riders to various bills in Congress that would "de-list" the wolves. These moves are backed by farmers who say wolves are preying on their livestock. But now, a new study indicates those farmers may be contributing to...
On Monday, environmental activist Erin Brockovich spoke at a west Michigan town hall. She was there in support of a class-action lawsuit filed against three companies – 3M, Wolverine Worldwide, and Waste Management. The suit accuses them of dumping toxic waste and polluting the groundwater in several areas of Kent County with a family of chemicals known as PFAS , which stands for per-and-polyfluoroalkyl substances.
When it comes to protecting the environment, our existing laws have failed us. So says environmental activist Maya van Rossum . In her new book, The Green Amendment , she says existing laws don't ban pollution or development. She writes, "Industries are perfectly able to pollute the air and water not in spite of, but because of, the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act – they simply need the right permits to do so."
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.
"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...