Environment

Forester Ben Savoie looks closely at a dying cherry tree. The field he's standing in used to be farmland and very few species of plants are growing there.
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Extreme temperatures are hard on plants. They’re not used to having frost one day and 60-degree temperatures the next. But just like people will huddle together for warmth, plant species have strength in numbers. New research suggests that biodiversity — or a good variety of plants and animals — is about as important as climate for a healthy ecosystem. 


Line 5 Protest Includes Santa And A Horse

Dec 22, 2017
Cheyna Roth / Michigan Public Radio Network

(MPRN-Lansing) Thursday, dozens of people, and a horse, called on the governor and state Attorney General to shut down Enbridge Energy’s Line 5. That’s the pipeline that carries oil and natural gas liquid under the Straits of Mackinac.

Protestors gathered outside the state Capitol. Including Clifford, a horse from Drummond Island. Nancy Bailey is Clifford’s “human.” She said Clifford is a therapy animal, but he came to the protest because of environmental concerns surrounding Line 5 and a potential leak.

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Gary Wilson says most observers are not surprised by the Trump administration’s approach to the Great Lakes so far. The contributor to Detroit Public Television’s Great Lakes Bureau says the Trump campaign did signal support for Great Lakes restoration in 2016, but also said there would be changes in the Environmental Protection Agency.


$23.2-Million Could Go Toward PFAS Contamination

Dec 14, 2017
State Capitol - file photo
Cheyna Roth / Michigan Public Radio Network

(MPRN-Lansing) Money might be on the way to help fight perfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, in Michigan. PFAS is a family of chemicals that’s been discovered in groundwater in 14 communities, and 28 sites, across the state. 

An EPA employee holds one of the types of booms used to clean up the Kalamazoo River oil spill in 2010. Patrick Miles of the U.S. Attorney's Office (middle) and acting EPA regional administrator Robert Kaplan (right) made the announcement about the Enbrid
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(MPRN-Lansing) Members of a pipeline advisory board are criticizing a deal Governor Snyder struck with the energy company, Enbridge. They are calling for the line to be temporarily shut down. 

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