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  1. We're using less water as a nation, but Michigan still ranks 10th2018/08/09
    Water use in the U.S. has dropped to its lowest level in about 45 years. But the U.S. Geological Survey found 12 states accounted for more than 50% of the total water withdrawals in the U.S. – and Michigan ranks 10th on that list.
  2. Scientists creating meteotsunami warning system for the Great Lakes2018/08/07
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  3. If you find this weird, gelatinous blob in a Michigan lake, it's a good sign2018/08/02
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  4. EPA proposes new rule for asbestos 2018/07/31
    Asbestos is known to cause cancer. It’s banned for some uses in the U.S., but it’s not entirely banned . The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing a new rule, and new ways to evaluate the safety of asbestos.
  5. Your takeout meal might be harming the Great Lakes2018/07/26
    There's a scene in the 1967 film The Graduate where a well-meaning friend of the family pulls Dustin Hoffman's character aside at his graduation party, and gives him this advice: "There's a great future in plastics - think about it, will you think about it? ... That's a deal." But back then, the downside of plastic wasn't apparent.
  6. Why one researcher is glad to get thousands of ticks in the mail2018/07/24
    More than 16,000 ticks have arrived in Nate Nieto’s mailbox. He’s an associate professor of microbiology at Northern Arizona University, and he launched a citizen science project to learn more about the diseases ticks can transmit. People from 49 states sent him (and his collaborators at Colorado State University) the ticks they found on themselves or other people or dogs.
  7. Wind generation picking up in Michigan despite some local opposition2018/07/19
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  8. Newspapers struggling with a Trump tariff on newsprint2018/07/17
    New tariffs are putting some Michigan newspapers and printers at risk of going out of business. There’s more than a little irony in the fact that a state which built paper mills all over, no longer makes the kind of paper that newspapers use.
  9. Using green infrastructure to reduce flooding2018/07/12
    How can cities reduce flooding caused by increasingly intense rain storms? More often, it's flooding in areas not known for a lot of flooding in the past. That happened in Detroit in 2014. It caught everyone by surprise as interstates and neighborhoods were suddenly under water.
  10. Lake bacteria can kill your dog2018/07/10
    What happens if your dog likes to swim in the lake, but there might be toxins in the water? It can happen in a local lake or somewhere like the western basin of Lake Erie. Toxin-producing cyanobacteria appear. Some people still call it blue-green algae.
  11. Invasive mussels help beaches and damage lakes2018/07/05
    Beaches along Lake Michigan are closed when E. coli bacteria gets too high. But a nasty critter found on the bottom of the lake might help keep the beaches open.
  12. Environmentalists say corporations will have 'outsized' voice on environmental regulations2018/07/03
    New laws signed by Governor Rick Snyder last Friday set up commissions to oversee the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. Environmentalists say those commissions will be stacked with business and industry people and give them more influence in the environmental rulemaking process.
  13. Record-breaking rain behind U.P. floods is something we can expect more of2018/06/28
    Record rainfall devastated large parts of Houghton County earlier this month. Flash flooding killed a 12-year-old boy when the basement of his house collapsed. It damaged hundreds of homes and caused at least $100 million in damage to infrastructure.
  14. EPA proposes tighter standard for lead dust from paint2018/06/26
    The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed tighter standards for lead in dust on floors and window sills. Lead dust can be a big source of lead exposure for kids when chips of old paint flake off, or when older homes are renovated. The proposed standards would affect most homes built before 1978 and places where kids spend a lot of time, like day care centers.
  15. Why we get into conflicts with smart animals2018/06/21
    If you’ve ever tried to keep a raccoon out of your trash can, you know they’re smart. At my house, it takes a brick on top of the trash can and a bungee cord on top of the lid to keep the raccoons out. New research looks at how animals with complex cognitive abilities might do better in cities, but could end up in more conflicts with people.
  16. EPA wants your input on next phase of Great Lakes cleanup2018/06/19
    The Environmental Protection Agency is starting to plan what’s next for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. We’re eight years into that huge cleanup and restoration effort.
  17. Environmentalists say Enbridge tunnel risky2018/06/14
    A Canadian company will turn in a report tomorrow outlining whether it thinks a tunnel under the Straits of Mackinac is a feasible option for its pipeline. A tunnel was suggested by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder.
  18. Changing how people get paid for solar power2018/06/12
    Until recently, if a home solar array produced more electricity than the house used, it would go through the meter onto the grid. Residents with solar power arrays got paid for that power at the same rate as the power company charged other residents. Power that comes in/power that goes out: same price. This even exchange is called net metering.
  19. Bugs can tell us whether a river is healthy2018/06/07
    Eleven years ago on a cold January day, volunteers for the Huron River Watershed Council , Rochelle Breitenbach and Mary Bajcz trudged through the snow and thicket to get to a pristine little stream that flows into the Huron River.
  20. EPA shifts gears (again) on chemical in paint strippers linked to dozens of deaths2018/06/05
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The Environment Report
http://michiganradio.org/programs/environment-report
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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