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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

Great Lakes in Peril: Invasives, pollution, climate change

8/6/2021
When you visit one of the Great Lakes, whether it’s a sandy beach or a rocky coastline, it’s hard to imagine how something so big could be affected so profoundly by alien invasive species, or pollution, or climate change.

Duration:00:49:41

"Water is life" is the theme of Day 1 of protests to shut down Enbridge Line 5

5/13/2021
On Thursday, environmental groups and Native Americans plan to present Enbridge Energy with symbolic eviction notices. They want Enbridge to abide by Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s order to shut down Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac.

Duration:00:04:37

On eve of Line 5 shutdown deadline, Enbridge vows to defy Michigan order

5/11/2021
Enbridge Energy technically has one more day to shut down the Line 5 pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac, but even the pipeline’s most vocal opponents acknowledge slim odds that the oil actually stops flowing right away.

Duration:00:04:38

Plastic debris is getting into the Great Lakes, our drinking water, and our food

5/6/2021
There’s been a lot of news about the amount of plastic debris in the oceans. But plastic pollution is also affecting the Great Lakes. A study out of the Rochester Institute of Technology estimates 22 million pounds of plastic debris enters the Great Lakes from the U.S. and Canada each year.

Duration:00:04:51

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.

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.

Duration:00:04:30

Climate change is affecting the kind of fish you can catch in Michigan's inland lakes

2/17/2021
Parts of Watkins Lake State Park and County Preserve in Michigan are off limits for much of the year because it’s a waterfowl refuge. But in winter time, if it’s cold enough, you can go ice fishing.

Duration:00:04:31

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.

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. But you don’t have to guess about whether you’re in the right place. Pickup trucks with the tribe’s Natural Resources Services emblem are usually parked at the side of the building and sometimes in front.

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.

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.

Duration:00:04:20