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The Environment Report

English, Environment/Geography, 1 season, 20 episodes, 2 hours, 27 minutes
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.
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Great Lakes in Peril: Invasives, pollution, climate change

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.
8/6/202149 minutes, 41 seconds
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"Water is life" is the theme of Day 1 of protests to shut down Enbridge Line 5

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.
5/13/20214 minutes, 38 seconds
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On eve of Line 5 shutdown deadline, Enbridge vows to defy Michigan order

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.
5/11/20214 minutes, 39 seconds
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Plastic debris is getting into the Great Lakes, our drinking water, and our food

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.
5/6/20214 minutes, 51 seconds
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Scientists concerned about the bottom of the food web in the Great Lakes

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.
4/14/20214 minutes, 18 seconds
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Is the Line 5 tunnel a bridge to Michigan's energy future or a bad deal?

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.
4/1/20214 minutes, 32 seconds
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Some cities are turning to natural infrastructure to deal with extreme rain events

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.
3/17/20214 minutes, 47 seconds
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Wetlands can help prevent property damage and save lives during floods

Midland and other cities were hit hard by a flood caused by heavy rains and the failure of a weak dam.
3/16/20214 minutes, 31 seconds
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Climate change is affecting the kind of fish you can catch in Michigan's inland lakes

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.
2/17/20214 minutes, 31 seconds
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Water could make Michigan a climate refuge. Are we prepared?

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.
2/16/202117 minutes, 37 seconds
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Michigan rivers changing due to climate disruption

It’s freezing outside and Larry Scheer is in neoprene chest waders kicking up sediment in Boyden Creek near Ann Arbor, Michigan.
2/16/20214 minutes, 20 seconds
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The future of Lake Superior with climate disruption

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.
2/15/20214 minutes, 26 seconds
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Enbridge now inspects freighters to avoid another anchor strike on Line 5

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.
9/28/20204 minutes, 27 seconds
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Did the Midland flood stir up contaminants that could hurt wildlife?

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.
6/15/20204 minutes, 36 seconds
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You only have a limited "right to know" under Right To Know laws

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.
6/9/20204 minutes, 14 seconds
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Bill would eliminate most township regulation of gravel pits

Tom and Michelle Joliat's lovely home in Metamora, Michigan is situated high on a hill with a stunning view of the woods below.
2/18/20204 minutes, 30 seconds
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Rat poisons take care of rodent problems, but also kill wildlife and pets

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.
2/10/20204 minutes, 42 seconds
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No-till farming could cut greenhouse gases significantly

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.
11/12/20193 minutes, 56 seconds
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HONK! Talking to geese

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.
9/27/20194 minutes, 12 seconds
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Unpopular bait ban will only slow spread of CWD. What could stop it is even more controversial.

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.
9/27/20194 minutes, 20 seconds