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The Environment Report, hosted by Lester Graham and other Michigan Radio reporters, explores the relationship between the natural world and the everyday lives of people in Michigan.

The Environment Report, hosted by Lester Graham and other Michigan Radio reporters, explores the relationship between the natural world and the everyday lives of people in Michigan.

Location:

Ann Arbor, MI

Networks:

Michigan PR

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The Environment Report, hosted by Lester Graham and other Michigan Radio reporters, explores the relationship between the natural world and the everyday lives of people in Michigan.

Language:

English

Contact:

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


Episodes

Scientists concerned about the bottom of the food web in the Great Lakes

4/14/2021
Right now, scientists are on a ship taking samples and measurements of the Great Lakes. They’re trying to determine how the lakes will fare this year and watching for trends. One trend, the warming climate, could mean changes for the base of the food web in the lakes. But, the researchers are not yet sure what those changes might be.

Duration:00:04:17

Is the Line 5 tunnel a bridge to Michigan's energy future or a bad deal?

4/1/2021
As Canadian officials lobbied a Michigan Senate committee in March to keep the Line 5 pipeline open, Sen. Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids) grew frustrated with a conversation that, up to that point, had focused mainly on the immediate economic and safety implications of a possible shutdown.

Duration:00:04:31

Some cities are turning to natural infrastructure to deal with extreme rain events

3/17/2021
Climate change in the Great Lakes region means more intense storms. Already some towns are finding they’re flooding where they never have before. One city in Michigan is finding the solution is nature.

Duration:00:04:47

Wetlands can help prevent property damage and save lives during floods

3/16/2021
Midland and other cities were hit hard by a flood caused by heavy rains and the failure of a weak dam. More than 2,500 homes were damaged. There was an estimated $245 million dollars in property damage. If that flood happened a few years ago, the damage could have been worse. But, there’s been a change. One thousand acres of restored wetlands helped reduce the severity of that flood.

Duration:00:04:30

Water could make Michigan a climate refuge. Are we prepared?

2/16/2021
Intrigued by warming winters, researchers from the University of Michigan set out in 1989 to formally measure changes in the geographical distribution of plants and animals in the dense pine and hardwood forests of northern Michigan. Their laboratory, the university’s 10,000-acre Biological Station east of Petoskey, had advanced forestry and natural sciences since the field station’s founding in 1909. Few projects, though, attracted the same level of attention as the migration research.

Duration:00:17:36

Michigan rivers changing due to climate disruption

2/16/2021
It’s freezing outside and Larry Scheer is in neoprene chest waders kicking up sediment in Boyden Creek near Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Duration:00:04:20

The future of Lake Superior with climate disruption

2/15/2021
The downtown office for the Sault Sainte Marie Tribe of the Chippewa Indians Fisheries Management Program is a simple, small two-story brick building.

Duration:00:04:26

Enbridge now inspects freighters to avoid another anchor strike on Line 5

9/28/2020
The Canadian pipeline company Enbridge Energy has been eager to show news media its new Enbridge Straits Maritime Operations Center in Mackinaw City. Its purpose is to try to prevent another anchor strike or other damage to Line 5, the dual pipelines carrying oil and natural gas liquids.

Duration:00:04:27

Did the Midland flood stir up contaminants that could hurt wildlife?

6/15/2020
The flood that was caused by heavy rains and the failure of two dams near Midland caused property damage far downstream. But the long term damage might be in the contamination of wildlife.

Duration:00:04:35

You only have a limited "right to know" under Right To Know laws

6/9/2020
The two dams that broke near Midland caused a massive flood that swept away bridges, roads, and damaged a lot of property. Because Midland is home to Dow’s original chemical complex, a lot of people were concerned about hazardous waste or waste in ponds at Dow.

Duration:00:04:13

Bill would eliminate most township regulation of gravel pits

2/18/2020
Tom and Michelle Joliat's lovely home in Metamora, Michigan is situated high on a hill with a stunning view of the woods below. Normally, it's peaceful and idyllic here. Metamora Township is a rural area about 25 miles southeast of Flint. But in the distance, you can sometimes hear the faint drone of the U.S. EPA drilling yet another monitoring well. The wells are monitoring the movement of a plume of groundwater contaminated with 1,4 dioxane and other toxic chemicals.

Duration:00:04:30

Rat poisons take care of rodent problems, but also kill wildlife and pets

2/10/2020
Wildlife are being poisoned and much of the time people using the poisons are not even aware of the danger. One Michigan resident is on a crusade to make people understand what’s at risk when they use rat poison.

Duration:00:04:41

No-till farming could cut greenhouse gases significantly

11/12/2019
We know that burning fossil fuels releases a lot of greenhouse gases. But there are other human-caused sources that contribute to climate change. As Lester Graham with the Environment Report found, one of them is how farmers plant crops.

Duration:00:03:56

HONK! Talking to geese

9/27/2019
You can hear a flock of geese calling, but there’s not a single goose. It’s a bunch of humans, warming up for the goose call contest at the 72nd annual Pointe Mouillee Waterfowl Festival held last weekend.

Duration:00:04:11

Unpopular bait ban will only slow spread of CWD. What could stop it is even more controversial.

9/27/2019
To help combat chronic wasting disease, Michigan is banning deer baiting and feeding across big parts of the state. It’s highly unpopular with some hunters and lawmakers. But, banning bait will only slow CWD from spreading to new areas, and more aggressive approaches that might actually stop it could be just as unpopular.

Duration:00:04:20

Climate Crew: College student evolves into environmental leader on campus

9/25/2019
The constant barrage of news about climate change, drinking water contamination, and pollution in the Great Lakes region can feel overwhelming. If you care, it’s hard to know what to do or where to start. That's where Stateside's new series comes in. We're featuring ordinary people who identified a problem – no matter how big or small – and chose to act.

Duration:00:09:22

Non-profit trains citizen scientists to collect fish data from the Great Lakes

8/19/2019
A new nonprofit is training citizen scientists to collect data on fish in the Great Lakes. They think it could be a game-changer for research in the region, and even help prevent the establishment of invasive species.

Duration:00:02:47

You could be tracking in cancer causing chemicals from parking lots and driveways

8/19/2019
Researchers are finding some of the chemicals used in pavement and driveway sealants are making their way into the environment. That could be putting the health of people and aquatic life at risk. These chemicals are called Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons, PAHs. They’re commonly found in low levels just about anywhere something is burned. But, the levels of PAHs are much, much higher in certain pavement sealing products, coal tar based sealants.

Duration:00:04:18

How climate change is changing Michigan’s agricultural industry

8/16/2019
Climate change is affecting the world in a lot of ways. The planet is warming, more rain is falling. There are colder winters, and warmer summers. And all of this is having a profound effect on agriculture.

Duration:00:18:28