The Environment ReportAuthor: Lester Graham
26 Oct 2021

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.

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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.

  • Posted on 06 Aug 2021

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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.

  • Posted on 13 May 2021

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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.

  • Posted on 11 May 2021

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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.

  • Posted on 06 May 2021

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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.

  • Posted on 14 Apr 2021

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