Environment

A deal between the company and government agencies calls for improvements to fish and wildlife habitats tainted by dioxins and other hazardous substances from Dow’s manufacturing complex in its headquarters city of Midland.
City of Saginaw

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Dow Chemical Co. has agreed to fund environmental restoration projects worth an estimated $77 million to compensate for decades of pollution by its plant in Midland, Michigan, officials said Friday.

dam on Grand River
Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

Recent heavy rains have resulted in sewage overflows into the Grand and Red Cedar Rivers.


Detroit Zoo Water Tower
Courtesy of Detroit Zoo

The Detroit Zoo plans to operate entirely on wind-generated electricity by 2021.

Asian Carp photo
LouisvilleUSACE / flickr creative commons

Asian carp are likely to find enough food to spread farther if they establish breeding populations in Lake Michigan, reinforcing the importance of preventing the invasive fish from gaining a foothold, scientists said in a paper released Monday.

Lake Michigan
Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

State government in Michigan is stepping up efforts to boost environmental sustainability by using energy saving efforts at prisons, converting state parks and fish hatcheries to renewable energy, and taking other steps.

sunrise on farm
flickr/Susanne Nilsson

July 29 marked this year’s Earth Overshoot Day. That’s the annual date where it’s estimated that humans have taken more resources from the planet than it can produce for that year. The calculations for the date are provided by the Global Footprint Network, with the date changing almost every year. 

Mackinac Bridge
Amanda Barberena / WKAR-MSU

UPDATED at 5:00p.m. :  Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel wants a court to shut down an oil and natural gas liquids pipeline that runs under the Straits of Mackinac. Nessel says the line is a potential hazard to the Great Lakes.


Tahquamenon Falls State Park
Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

There is a new state department in charge of environmental protection in Michigan starting today. That’s under an executive order from Governor Gretchen Whitmer to create the Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy.  


Michigan Department of Environmental Quality / State of Michigan

Michigan's environmental agency is days away from having a new name.

Flint River
WKAR - MSU

Michigan's Department of Environmental Quality has awarded Flint a nearly $500,000 brownfield grant to revitalize and safely reuse properties along a commercial corridor.

Satellite image of Great Lakes
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center / Flickr Creative Commons

Governors of five states oppose President Donald Trump's call for a 90 percent spending cut for a Great Lakes cleanup program.

Ice fishing huts on ice.
Pixabay Creative Commons

Even though the weather's still plenty cold, the time is fast approaching to remove ice fishing shanties from Michigan waters in preparation for the spring thaw.

Cows
Pixabay Creative Commons

On this episode of Serving Up Science, science writer Sheril Kirshenbaum and WKAR's Karel Vega discuss the impact of eating red meat on the human diet and the environment, in relation to the EAT-Lancet Commission report.


Gretchen Whitmer
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

Governor Gretchen Whitmer is restructuring the state’s Department of Environmental Quality.


Joseph Dandron / WKAR-MSU

At the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, not all of the cars on display are intended for the average consumer. Ford Motor Company is showing off a police vehicle that could save police departments money, and be eco-friendly at the same time. WKAR’s Karel Vega has more.


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