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The Environment Report

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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

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

Climate Crew: Kids inspired Detroit mom to join fight for clean air, climate change solutions

8/16/2019
The constant barrage of news about climate change and drinking water contamination and pollution in the Great Lakes can feel overwhelming. If you care, it’s hard to know what to do or where to start. Stateside is kicking off a new ongoing series that features ordinary people who decided to do something about it. They identified a problem – no matter how big or small – and chose to act.

Duration:00:06:48

"I’ve never seen it quite this bad:" Heavy rains wreak havoc on fruit crops

8/16/2019
Fruit growers in northern Michigan are having a tough time with all the rain this year , because that moisture helps fungus and bacteria thrive.

Duration:00:03:53

Electric vehicles losing the race to SUVs and trucks

8/15/2019
Next time you're at the mall or grocery store, look around. You won't see many, if any at all, electric vehicles. Maybe a few hybrids. But you'll see lots of pickup trucks and big SUVs, which by comparison still merit the derogatory phrase, gas guzzlers.

Duration:00:04:30

Five ways climate change already impacts human health in Michigan

8/14/2019
Climate change doesn’t just hurt our environment. It affects food production, insect outbreaks, precipitation. And, as health professionals are starting to see, it’s causing problems for human health.

Duration:00:18:03

Boomers could be great climate activists - if they were more concerned about it

8/14/2019
Public opinion surveys show older Americans are less concerned about climate change than young people. But some experts say older Americans may be an untapped resource when it comes to climate activism.

Duration:00:04:34

Detroit Zoo wants kids to be active part of the climate change conversation

8/13/2019
Given the myriad ecological challenges facing our world today, there are plenty of reasons to feel overwhelmed and powerless. But there are also many people and organizations dedicated to leading community conversations about climate change and conservation through education and example.

Duration:00:17:38

Cities are dumping sewage into Michigan rivers. Will climate change make the problem worse?

8/13/2019
Each year in Michigan, billions of gallons of raw or partially treated sewage end up in the state's rivers and eventually in the Great Lakes. That pollution can make people sick. There are two causes. One is poor sewer systems. The second is heavy rains. And climate change could be making the problem worse.

Duration:00:04:58

Stateside: Absentee voting increases; tribal economic development; what climate change means for MI

8/12/2019
Today on Stateside, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson comments on how an increase in the number of absentee ballots could impact elections without a change in state law. Plus, the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians is building a manufacturing center in an effort to diversify the tribe's economic ventures.

Duration:00:49:00