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17 Oct 2018

Issues of the Environment

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    Issues Of The Environment: ‘Beneficial Electrification’-A Potential Key To Combatting Climate Change

    Imagine a future in which no home or business had gas furnaces, heaters or stoves. Everything is electric. Neighborhoods and communities running on connected micro-grids. Everything is electric. Net-Zero Energy expert and founding principal of Thrive Collaborative in Ann Arbor, Matt Grocoff is a strong proponent of the concept of “Beneficial Electrification.” It is a concept that will be used in Thrive’s new “Veridian @ County Farm” housing development in Ann Arbor. It is the subject of conversation in this week’s edition of “Issues of the Environment."

  • Posted on 10 Oct 2018

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    Issues Of The Environment: Protecting Ann Arbor's Chimney Swift Population

    An old chimney on a city-owned property in Ann Arbor serves as a a roosting news for Chimney Swift. The migratory birds don't relocate easily so losing the chimney at 415 W. Washington could be damaging to the local population. In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks to Cathy Theisen from the Washtenaw Audubon Society about working with the City of Ann Arbor to advance protections.

  • Posted on 03 Oct 2018

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    Issues Of The Environment: 2018 Gypsy Moth Caterpillar Outbreak In Washtenaw County

    Gypsy moth caterpillars have completely stripped the leaves of trees in portions of Chelsea and caused significant defoliation in portions of Ann Arbor. In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks about the infestation with Bob Bricault, horticulture educator for Michigan State University Extension in Washtenaw County.

  • Posted on 12 Sep 2018

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    Issues Of The Environment: PFAS And The Huron River Part 2

    Last month, due to high levels of PFAS in fish, the state of Michigan issued a "Do Not Eat Fish" advisory for parts of the Huron River. After further testing, that advisory has been expanded to the entire river. In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair revisits this situation with Huron River Watershed Council executive director Laura Rubin .

  • Posted on 05 Sep 2018

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    Issues Of The Environment: PFAS And The Huron River

    The state of Michigan this month issued, then expanded, a “Do Not Eat Fish” advisory for portions of the Huron River. It cited unusually high levels of PFAS in the fish it tested. PFAS are a compound of chemicals known to cause cancer and other medical issues. In this week’s “Issues of the Environment,” Huron River Watershed Council executive director Laura Rubin dispels some misconceptions about the advisory and discusses the concerns the contamination raises for the present and future health of the river.

  • Posted on 29 Aug 2018

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