climate change

Marcus Carson

Marcus Carson says the Arctic is being affected by climate change twice as fast as the rest of the planet. And he says that will eventually have global consequences. The Kalamazoo native and graduate of Kalamazoo College is a researcher at the Stockholm Environment Institute in Sweden.

A partially constructed wind tunnel. A new type of wind power from the Sheerwind Company based in Minnesota. It funnels wind to increase wind speeds that then blow past propellers to make energy.
Rebecca Thiele/WMUK

The Michigan National Guard and the Air National Guard will work to make its bases - and the communities near them - resilient to climate change. This comes three years after President Obama signed an Executive Order that instructs federal agencies to help state and local leaders prepare for extreme weather caused by climate change. 

President Obama’s plan to reduce carbon emissions will have a profound effect on Michigan’s energy policy overhaul, but no one agrees yet on how.

"KALAMAZOO, MI -- Bishop Paul J. Bradley of Catholic Diocese of Kalamazoo issued a statement praising Pope Francis' encyclical on climate change, which was released by the Vatican today. Bradley called climate change 'one of the most critically important moral issues of our day...'" (MLive/Kalamazoo Gazette)

Kalamazoo bird enthusiast Russ Schipper (left) and John Brenneman (right) of the Kalamazoo Nature Center spot a familiar bird in Kleinstuck Preserve.
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, bird watching is one of the fastest growing hobbies in the United States, second only to gardening. In 2011, birders spent $41 billion on trips and equipment, which pumped about $107 billion into the U.S. economy. More than 2,000 of those birders spent time in Michigan.