Hospitals prepare for a changing climate

Nov 24, 2017
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It’s been a year of natural disasters in the U.S., with wildfires on the west coast, hurricanes in the south – and even flooding along Lake Ontario.  Are hospitals prepared to deal with extreme weather and other impacts of climate change?    

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Rain overflow can lead to raw sewage ending up in rivers, streams, and the Great Lakes.

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Several Michigan environment groups are raising concerns about a bill in the Michigan house to change ballast water regulations.

New website tracks progress on Great Lakes

Nov 2, 2017
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Over the years, billions of dollars have been allocated to restoring the Great Lakes – whether its money spent cleaning up pollution, preventing invasive species, or educating the public.  A new regional initiative will analyze how effective some of these efforts – and dollars – have been so far. 

Citizens and scientists are teaming up on a project along the Boyne River. They’re hoping to create what they’re calling “river forecasts,” that could be used to predict the flow and temperatures of rivers.

Both scientists and community members that are hopeful their work could take off across the country.

Scientists and lawmakers met on the campus of Central Michigan University today (Friday) to discuss the importance of cooperation between both groups.

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Environmental groups say the state is using the Alternatives Analysis - which explored alternative ways to deliver oil while closing the Line 5 Pipeline beneath the straits of Mackinac - as a stall tactic.

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For a city on Lake Erie, it's the season for monitoring toxic algae blooms -- and drinking water.

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Governor Rick Snyder plans to roll out a recycling initiative later this fall. And legislation aimed at changing how Michigan recycles is already in the works.

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Environmental groups say a new house bill requiring special review for new state rules that would be more stringent than federal standards is the worst environmental bill of the 21st century.

State rules normally require the review of the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules before going into effect but under House Bill 4205 they would also require a ‘preponderance of evidence.’

Jennifer McKay is with the Tip of the Mitt Watershed which opposes the measure.