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Issues Of The Environment: Sustainability And Leadership At The Detroit Zoo

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The Detroit Zoo says it will running 100% on renewable energy in 2020. The effort adds to other sustainability efforts that have made the zoo a leader in environmental stewardship. In this 'Issues of the Environment' conversation with 89.1 WEMU's David Fair, Detroit Zoological Society CEO Ronald Kagen covers what environmentally-friendly features exist, what is to come, and how the zoo is spreading its message to all who will listen.

Sep 25 2019

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Issues Of The Environment: The Challenges Of Recycling Glass

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Glass is one of many materials that can and should be recycled. In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks with Ypsilanti Department of Public Services director Ronald Akers about why glass is no longer allowed as part of the city's curbside recycling program and how residents can make sure the glass still gets recycled.

Sep 11 2019

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Issues Of The Environment: Protecting Environment And Public Health In A World Of Legal Marijuana

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Michigan voters approved Proposal 1 last year, which legalized the sale and adult use of recreational marijuana. But, actions still need to be taken to protect the public health in the products it consumes and the environment as a new cash crop takes hold in Michigan. What's being done? In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair gets answers from Andrew Brisbo, executive director of Michigan's Bureau of Marijuana Regulation.

Oct 30 2019

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Issues Of The Environment: Washtenaw Safe Passage Raises Awareness About Window Danger To Birds

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It's very common for birds to accidentally hit the windows of someone's home or workplace, which leaves the birds seriously injured or dead. It is part of a serious extinction threat to our winged friends. In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks to Heidi Trudell from Washtenaw Safe Passage, an organization designed to prevent such accidents from happening.

Oct 23 2019

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Issues Of The Environment: Deadly EEE Virus Cause For Concern In Washtenaw County, Not Alarm

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Eastern Equine Encephalitis, or EEE, is a particularly dangerous virus spread by mosquitoes. Infections have been reported in southeast Michigan, but actions are being taken to contain the virus from spreading. In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks to Juan Marquez, Medical Director for the Washtenaw County Health Department, about what's being done to fight EEE in Washtenaw County.

Oct 09 2019

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Issues Of The Environment: Climate Change Is Changing Agriculture In Michigan

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The weather this year has been unfavorable for the corn and soybean harvest in Michigan. Farmers have faced colder and wetter-than-normal conditions in the spring, and that delayed planting. Now, an early freeze could devastate the harvest this fall. In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair discusses problems and solutions with Roger Betz, farm business management educator with Michigan State University Extension.

Sep 04 2019

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Issues Of The Environment: Washtenaw Moves On From Herbicides In Controlling Roadside Vegetation

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The Washtenaw County Road Commission has terminated its use of herbicides in dealing with weeds and overgrowth along area roads. In this week’s "Issues of the Environment," WEMU’s David Fair talks with county commissioner Sue Shink about controlling roadside vegetation and what is being done to better address the myriad of chemicals that are a part of our daily lives.

Aug 21 2019

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Issues Of The Environment: Protecting The Future Of Monarch Butterflies

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Over the past 30 years, there has been more than a 90-percent decline in the numbers of monarch butterflies, and much of that can be attributed to loss of habitat. There is ongoing consideration of adding them to the endangered species list, and, in "Issues of the Environment," 89.1 WEMU’s David Fair explores what that means to humans and our ecology in a conversation with the David Clipner, the Director of Education and Wildlife at the Leslie Science and Nature Center in Ann Arbor.

Aug 14 2019

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Issues Of The Environment: Ann Arbor Farmers Market Celebrates 100 Years

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It’s been a full century now since the Ann Arbor Farmers Market first hit the downtown streets. It was in a different location then, but the idea of a direct-to-consumer way to sell locally produced foods has stood the test of time. On this week’s “Issues of the Environment,” David Fair gets a historical and present-day perspective and a peek at what the future may hold with market manager Stephanie Willett.

Aug 07 2019

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Issues Of The Environment: Connecting Washtenaw County's Hungry With Extra Food Before It's Wasted

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The holiday season is here, which leads to big get-togethers with lots of food. Sadly, those less fortunate don't have that luxury, but there are ways to help them out. In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks to Eileen Spring, president and CEO of Food Gatherers, about donating uneaten food to help the needy, which has some postive environmental impacts as well.

Dec 11 2019

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Issues Of The Environment: Connecting Washtenaw County's Hungry With Extra Food Before It's Wasted

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The holiday season is here, which leads to big get-togethers with lots of food. Sadly, those less fortunate don't have that luxury, but there are ways to help them out. In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks to Eileen Spring, president and CEO of Food Gatherers, about donating uneaten food to help the needy, which has some postive environmental impacts as well.

Dec 11 2019

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Issues Of The Environment: Tracking Climate Change Impacts In Michigan With UM's Online Mapping Tool

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Many cities and residents in Michigan have already begun to feel the effects of climate change. Such changes can damage the environment and public health. Dr. Trish Koman , a research investigator for the University of Michigan's School of Public Health, and her colleagues have developed the Michigan Environmental Project, an online mapping tool designed to track climate change impacts in Michigan. She talks about how the project works with WEMU's David Fair in this week's "Issues of the Environment."

Dec 04 2019

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Issues Of The Environment: Veridian At County Farm Project Moving Closer To Reality

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THRIVE Collaborative says site plans have been submitted to the City of Ann Arbor for the self-sustaining, eco-sensitive development. THRIVE Collaborative founder Matt Grocoff discusses the future of the development with WEMU's David Fair in this week's "Issues of the Environment."

Nov 27 2019

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Issues Of The Environment: The Ongoing Efforts To Monitor And Remediate The Gelman 1,4 Dioxane Plume

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The 1,4 dioxane plume emanating from the old Gelman Sciences Facility on Wagner Road in Scio Township has caused environmental damage and remains a threat to public health. In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair has a conversation with Roger Rayle, who is both chair of the Coalition for Action on Remediation of Dioxane ( CARD ) and Scio Residents for Safe Water ( SRSW ), about the ongoing efforts to remediate the dioxane plume.

Nov 20 2019

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Issues Of The Environment: A2’s Greenbelt Program -15 Years, 5700 Acres, 54 Farms, And Counting

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Back in 2003, the City of Ann Arbor initiated its "greenbelt program," which was designed to preserve and expand local farmland and nature areas. In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks about the program's current status and future plans with Ann Arbor city council member Julie Grand.

Nov 13 2019

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Issues Of The Environment: UM Student Tracks Balloon Debris, Warns Of Ecological Consequences

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Balloons are typically associated with any celebration, whether it's birthdays, weddings, and so forth. Yet, releasing balloons into the air can have serious consequences for the environment and wildlife. University of Michigan graduate student Lara O'Brien is collecting data and researching the impacts and shares her findings with WEMU's David Fair in this week's "Issues of the Environment."

Nov 06 2019

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Issues Of The Environment: Protecting Environment And Public Health In A World Of Legal Marijuana

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Michigan voters approved Proposal 1 last year, which legalized the sale and adult use of recreational marijuana. But, actions still need to be taken to protect the public health in the products it consumes and the environment as a new cash crop takes hold in Michigan. What's being done? In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair gets answers from Andrew Brisbo, executive director of Michigan's Bureau of Marijuana Regulation.

Oct 30 2019

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Issues Of The Environment: Washtenaw Safe Passage Raises Awareness About Window Danger To Birds

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It's very common for birds to accidentally hit the windows of someone's home or workplace, which leaves the birds seriously injured or dead. It is part of a serious extinction threat to our winged friends. In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks to Heidi Trudell from Washtenaw Safe Passage, an organization designed to prevent such accidents from happening.

Oct 23 2019

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Issues Of The Environment: Deadly EEE Virus Cause For Concern In Washtenaw County, Not Alarm

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Eastern Equine Encephalitis, or EEE, is a particularly dangerous virus spread by mosquitoes. Infections have been reported in southeast Michigan, but actions are being taken to contain the virus from spreading. In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks to Juan Marquez, Medical Director for the Washtenaw County Health Department, about what's being done to fight EEE in Washtenaw County.

Oct 09 2019

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Issues Of The Environment: UM Study Shows Plant-Based Burgers Are More Eco-Friendly Than Meat

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Across the country, rapid expansion of plant-based foods is being seen in restaurants and stores. Would a continuing shift away from meat-based foods help the environment? In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair looks for the answer to that question in a conversation with Dr. Martin Heller, a research specialist with the Center for Sustainable Systems at the University of Michigan.

Oct 02 2019

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Issues Of The Environment: Sustainability And Leadership At The Detroit Zoo

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The Detroit Zoo says it will running 100% on renewable energy in 2020. The effort adds to other sustainability efforts that have made the zoo a leader in environmental stewardship. In this 'Issues of the Environment' conversation with 89.1 WEMU's David Fair, Detroit Zoological Society CEO Ronald Kagen covers what environmentally-friendly features exist, what is to come, and how the zoo is spreading its message to all who will listen.

Sep 25 2019

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Issues Of The Environment: The Challenges Of Recycling Glass

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Glass is one of many materials that can and should be recycled. In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks with Ypsilanti Department of Public Services director Ronald Akers about why glass is no longer allowed as part of the city's curbside recycling program and how residents can make sure the glass still gets recycled.

Sep 11 2019

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Issues Of The Environment: Climate Change Is Changing Agriculture In Michigan

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The weather this year has been unfavorable for the corn and soybean harvest in Michigan. Farmers have faced colder and wetter-than-normal conditions in the spring, and that delayed planting. Now, an early freeze could devastate the harvest this fall. In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair discusses problems and solutions with Roger Betz, farm business management educator with Michigan State University Extension.

Sep 04 2019

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Issues Of The Environment: The 2019 Algae Bloom In Lake Erie Is Massive

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August and September are peak months for the algae blooms that plague Lake Erie each year. This year, the bloom covers about 620 square miles. That’s roughly six times the size of the city of Cleveland and is so big, it is easily seen from space. On "Issues of the Environment" this week, 89.1 WEMU’s David Fair will talk with University of Michigan professor Don Scavia about the 2019 blooms and what needs to be done as climate change seems to be exacerbating the problem.

Aug 28 2019

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Issues Of The Environment: Washtenaw Moves On From Herbicides In Controlling Roadside Vegetation

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The Washtenaw County Road Commission has terminated its use of herbicides in dealing with weeds and overgrowth along area roads. In this week’s "Issues of the Environment," WEMU’s David Fair talks with county commissioner Sue Shink about controlling roadside vegetation and what is being done to better address the myriad of chemicals that are a part of our daily lives.

Aug 21 2019

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Issues Of The Environment: Protecting The Future Of Monarch Butterflies

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Over the past 30 years, there has been more than a 90-percent decline in the numbers of monarch butterflies, and much of that can be attributed to loss of habitat. There is ongoing consideration of adding them to the endangered species list, and, in "Issues of the Environment," 89.1 WEMU’s David Fair explores what that means to humans and our ecology in a conversation with the David Clipner, the Director of Education and Wildlife at the Leslie Science and Nature Center in Ann Arbor.

Aug 14 2019

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Issues Of The Environment: Ann Arbor Farmers Market Celebrates 100 Years

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It’s been a full century now since the Ann Arbor Farmers Market first hit the downtown streets. It was in a different location then, but the idea of a direct-to-consumer way to sell locally produced foods has stood the test of time. On this week’s “Issues of the Environment,” David Fair gets a historical and present-day perspective and a peek at what the future may hold with market manager Stephanie Willett.

Aug 07 2019

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Issues Of The Environment: Water Is Not Only Source Of PFAS, Many Foods Also Harbor Chemicals

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The appearance of the chemicals known as PFAs in local waterways has become a serious problem. Yet, a recent study determined that certain foods contain such contaminants, as well. In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair discusses the research with Dr. John Meeker, professor of environmental health sciences at the U-M's School of Public Health.

Jul 31 2019

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Issues Of The Environment: U-M Study Shows Delivered Meal Kits Are Greener Than Grocery Shopping

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Grocery shopping can be tough for those who can't fit it into their busy schedules, which is why some have do-it-yourself meal kits delivered to their homes. According to a recent study, using such delivery services are more beneficial to the environment. WEMU's David Fair discusses the study with Shelie Miller from the University of Michigan's School for Environment and Sustainability in this week's "Issues of the Environment."

Jul 24 2019

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Issues Of The Environment: 2019 Is Bad Year For Mosquitos, Ticks; Vector Surveillance Keeps Tabs

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So far in 2019, the weather has particularly warm and damp, which has led to a serious increase in the mosquito and tick population. Therefore, the risk for diseases these insects carry has increased, as well. In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks to Washtenaw County Health Department environmental health director Kristen Schweighoefer about a new initiative to fight these illnesses.

Jul 17 2019

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