Environment

An unidentified woman loads clothes into a washing machine at a coin-operated laundry in Los Angeles' Echo Park district, Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2003. A freeze on regulations Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger declared on his first day in office may delay or alter a
AP Photo/Reed Saxon

If you’re one of those people who stopped using microbeads because you care about the environment, we have some bad news. Microbeads are those tiny plastic bits in your toothpaste and facewash that pollute oceans, rivers, and lakes.

Scientists say there’s a new microplastic to blame - and it’s lurking in your laundry hamper. Plastics in our clothes are sending billions of microfibers into our waterways - making fish and other aquatic life sick. 


(MPRN-Lansing) A global bottled water company is asking the state for permission to more than double how much water it’s withdrawing from the ground in west Michigan. 

(MPRN-Lansing) Governor Rick Snyder and state environmental officials have declared western Lake Erie is an “impaired” waterway that needs to be cleaned up. 

An aerial photo of Chicago at night
Jim Richardson/International Dark-Sky Association

We know that light pollution makes it harder to see the stars - about 66 percent of people living in the United States can't see the Milky Way at night. But you might not know that light pollution also causes health problems and wastes billions of dollars in electricity every year. J. Kelly Beatty is the award-winning senior editor of Sky and Telescope Magazine. On November 4th, he’ll give a talk as part of the Kalamazoo Astronomical Society’s 80th anniversary celebration.


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. 

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