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The Environment Report

The Environment Report

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A Michigan-based environmental news report that comes to you twice a week.

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Straits of Mackinac are a bird of prey superhighway

More than four million people crossed the Straits of Mackinac last year. But they are also one of the busiest migration spots for raptors, or birds of prey, in the United States.

Some Michigan cities may abandon recycling due to higher costs

China is not taking as much U.S. recycled material as it has in the past. The Chinese economy is slowing down and it doesn't need to import as much paper and plastic. It's also finding that so much U.S. recycled material is contaminated that it ends up in China's landfills.

Plan to put wind farm in Upper Peninsula forest gets community pushback

Most wind energy projects in Michigan are on farmland in the southern part of the state. They are often controversial even there, but one company wants to put a wind farm in an Upper Peninsula forest. Many community members don't feel that's the right place either.

Plan to put wind farm in Upper Peninsula forest gets community pushback

Killer viruses could help Michigan cherry farmers

Bacterial canker is a devastating tree disease that affects sweet cherry orchards around the country. There is currently no good way to treat it, but some Michigan scientists are trying to harness bacteria-killing viruses to control it.

Cornered by invasives, tribal fishermen chase whitefish to 'crowded' Lake Superior

A decline in lake whitefish is pushing some tribal commercial fishermen out of Lakes Michigan and Huron. They're spending more time in Lake Superior, the only place they say they can still make a living. This has fishermen and scientists worried about whether whitefish populations there can withstand the extra pressure.

Cornered by invasives, tribal fishermen chase whitefish to 'crowded' Lake Superior

Municipal water treatment plants figuring out PFAS contamination

The state has finished testing all the public water systems in Michigan for PFAS chemicals. Of more than a thousand municipal systems, 119 are contaminated by PFAS.

Healthier diets lower in greenhouse gas emissions

A lot of people assume a healthy diet is also good for the environment. A recently published study lends some credence to that conventional wisdom.

Half of Michigan bumblebee species dropped by 50 percent or more

Bees are disappearing. You might have heard that colony collapse disorder of European honeybees can nearly wipe out a hive. But native bees are also in trouble. There are several kinds of bumblebees in Michigan. A recent survey found during the last 20 years, there were a dozen that were fairly common.

Great Lakes at risk during partial federal government shutdown

The partial federal government shutdown could have wide-ranging consequences for the Great Lakes. There already are some problems, but things could get worse if the shutdown drags on.

Half the trees in Michigan cities could be killed

Some cities in Michigan could lose half of all their trees due to disease or pests. Foresters are working to reduce the potential devastation. "So, I just wanted to show you, this is a neighborhood with old maple trees," Kerry Gray said as she led the way down a tree-lined street in Ann Arbor. She's the urban forester for the city. She's worried about losing a lot of the city's trees to a pest or disease. It's happened before.

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