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18 Jan 2019

The Environment Report

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Michigan Radio's "The Environment Report" hosted by Rebecca Williams explores the relationship between the natural world and the everyday lives of people in Michigan. New episodes every Tuesday and Thursday.

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    Half of Michigan bumblebee species dropped by 50 percent or more

    Bees are disappearing. You might have heard that colony collapse disorder of European honeybees can nearly wipe out a hive. But native bees are also in trouble. There are several kinds of bumblebees in Michigan. A recent survey found during the last 20 years, there were a dozen that were fairly common.

  • Posted on 16 Jan 2019

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    Great Lakes at risk during partial federal government shutdown

    The partial federal government shutdown could have wide-ranging consequences for the Great Lakes. There already are some problems, but things could get worse if the shutdown drags on.

  • Posted on 11 Jan 2019

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    Half the trees in Michigan cities could be killed

    Some cities in Michigan could lose half of all their trees due to disease or pests. Foresters are working to reduce the potential devastation. “So, I just wanted to show you, this is a neighborhood with old maple trees," Kerry Gray said as she led the way down a tree-lined street in Ann Arbor. She's the urban forester for the city. She’s worried about losing a lot of the city’s trees to a pest or disease. It’s happened before.

  • Posted on 07 Dec 2018

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    An efficient furnace can pay for itself in savings

    Soon, you’ll start seeing your energy bills start to rise each month because of the cold weather. That’s never fun. But, you might be paying a lot more than necessary to heat your home. We decided to look into whether a new efficient furnace adds up to much in the way of energy savings.

  • Posted on 12 Nov 2018

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    PFAS causes 'Do not eat the fish' advisories

    The State of Michigan is finding industrial chemicals known as PFAS in the tissue of fish. So it's been issuing “Don’t Eat the Fish” advisories along lakes, rivers and streams. But there are concerns about whether state officials are doing as much as they should. Before we get too far into the story, we have to start with a little science. The reason PFAS chemical contamination in fish is such a concern is because of something called bioaccumulation . If there is a toxic substance in the river, all the organisms in the water get a bit of it. So, if a small fish eats something such as insect larvae, it’s taking in all the toxic material in the larvae. Then, when a bigger fish eats that small fish, it gets all the toxic substances from all the larvae the little fish ever ate. As that bigger fish eats more little fish, the toxic chemicals build up in that fish. You catch the fish. You eat it. You get concentrated PFAS chemicals in you. The more contaminated fish you eat, the more PFAS

  • Posted on 09 Oct 2018

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