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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.

The Environment Report Michigan Radio

    • Natural Sciences

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.

    Bill would eliminate most township regulation of gravel pits

    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. Normally, it's peaceful and idyllic here. Metamora Township is a rural area about 25 miles southeast of Flint. But in the distance, you can sometimes hear the faint drone of the U.S. EPA drilling yet another monitoring well. The wells are monitoring the movement of a plume of groundwater contaminated with 1,4 dioxane and other toxic chemicals.

    • 4 min
    Rat poisons take care of rodent problems, but also kill wildlife and pets

    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.

    • 4 min
    No-till farming could cut greenhouse gases significantly

    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.

    • 3 min
    HONK! Talking to geese

    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.

    • 4 min
    Unpopular bait ban will only slow spread of CWD. What could stop it is even more controversial.

    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. But, banning bait will only slow CWD from spreading to new areas, and more aggressive approaches that might actually stop it could be just as unpopular.

    • 4 min
    Climate Crew: College student evolves into environmental leader on campus

    Climate Crew: College student evolves into environmental leader on campus

    The constant barrage of news about climate change, drinking water contamination, and pollution in the Great Lakes region can feel overwhelming. If you care, it’s hard to know what to do or where to start. That's where Stateside's new series comes in. We're featuring ordinary people who identified a problem – no matter how big or small – and chose to act.

    • 9 min

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