Environment

6:27 am
Tue June 24, 2014

West Michigan Researchers Work to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions From Farms

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Team began study six years ago and released results earlier this month
KALAMAZOO, MI -- Researchers in West Michigan are looking to reduce the impact of agriculture on global warming through smarter and more efficient use of nitrogen-rich fertilizers.
WMUK News
12:00 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Program Lets Business Set PACE on Green Building

Andy Levin of Lean and Green Michigan speaks at the Kalamazoo Rotary Club meeting June 9.
Credit Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Businesses can have a tough time borrowing money to make their buildings more energy-efficient. That’s where a variety of government programs that promote what’s called Property Assessed Clean Energy come in.

PACE programs let a property owner take on a special tax assessment for energy retrofits, allowing for longer repayment periods. Michigan’s PACE program covers a number of upgrades to commercial and industrial buildings and multifamily (though not single-family) homes.

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6:49 am
Mon June 16, 2014

"Brutal" Season of Mosquitoes and Ticks Predicted in Michigan

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Winter's heavy snowfall was beneficial to some bugs such as ticks
If it feels as though you cant go out in the yard without getting covered in bug bites, youre not alone. Experts say Michigan is in for a brutal season for blood-sucking ticks and mosquitoes, which raises the risk of certain illnesses. Other bugs, such as bees, wasps, mayflies and spiders have returned to Metro Detroit as well.
9:00 pm
Sun June 15, 2014

Michigan Farmers Raise Concerns About New Federal Water Rules

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Farmers worry about additional paperwork, cost and time
Proposed revisions to water regulations by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers have Michigan farmers wondering whether they'll eventually be harvesting more bureaucracy, delays and costs than crops. The EPA-Army Corps proposal would modify the federal Clean Water Act to more clearly define what constitutes "waters of the United States" subject to federal regulation.
6:44 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Great Lakes Forecast to Remain Cool in Summer

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Cool water will likely mean cooler air temperatures and more fog
Go ahead and dip your toes in the Big Lake, but that might be as far as you want to go for now.

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