climate change

"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.
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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.

"LAWRENCE, MI -- You thought squirrels were bad at cleaning out bird feeders? How about bears? Black bears are moving south, and Southwest Michigan residents may have to adopt the same practices their northern Michigan neighbors have learned to avoid bear trouble." (MLive/Kalamazoo Gazette)

A new climate strategy for agriculture was announced at Michigan State University on Thursday in East Lansing by U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. The program, "Building Blocks for Climate Smart Agriculture & Forestry", consists of ten aspects. Many of the changes are voluntary and come from the Farm Bill, signed into law last year. If farmers follow the suggestions, there are incentives such as grants, low-interest loans and technical assistance. (MLive)

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Rob Sisson says the Republican Party has a long and proud history on the issues of conservation and the environment. He says now there should be conservative solutions offered to address climate change.