Study identifies obstacles to aquaculture expansion12/05/2013
Better rules for sustainable fish farms could provide the state with a $1 billion a year industry, says a coastal conservation research group called the Michigan Sea Grant. ... MORE
Report: Great Lakes ill-equipped to ship tar sands safely12/05/2013
As the tar sands industry continues to grow, a pressing issue is finding ways to transport the crude oil to midwest refineries. Some are hoping to ship tar sands across the Great Lakes, while others fear another disaster like the Kalamazoo spill. ... MORE
Big lakes, big sound12/04/2013
Folks in our neck of the woods tend to be a bit biased regarding big lakes.
That’s understandable when 20 percent of the world’s fresh surface water flows through our region. But are North America’s lakes the greatest of lakes?
That depends on how you measure.
But at 25 million years old and with a depth of 5,600 feet (Lake Superior is only 1,330 feet deep), Lake Baikal is the oldest, deepest lake in the world. It is so deep that it holds more water than all five of the North American Great Lakes combined.
How about how they sound? Check out this video of drummers using Lake Baikal ice as percussion instruments.
How’s that compare with the beat of Lake Superior ice?
I’m not sure. I’ve heard Lake Superior’s surf crash the shore. But I’ve yet to hear its ice played by anyone.
But if you want to find out, we’ll post it here.... MORE
Smart meters are easier to read but spark privacy concerns12/04/2013
Smart meters are easy to read and an accurate way of measuring how much electricity is used by utility customers. The Michigan Public Service Commission recently approved rules to control how data collected by the meters is used. But some customers worry that the meters are a technological invasion of privacy. ... MORE
Mr. Great Lakes: Energy savings, the Electric Reliability Project and avian botulism12/03/2013
This week, Kart discusses the savings of energy efficiency in Michigan, the Electric Reliability Project and avian botulism.MORE
As harvesting labor dwindles, farms turning to mechanization12/03/2013
As workers at many farms and orchards become more and more scarce, the need for mechanical harvesting is rising. Blueberries, cherries and grapes are all increasingly being harvested by machines rather than farm workers. ... MORE
Here's how Great Lakes residents view climate change12/02/2013
A recent survey asked people if global warming had been happening and if they believed the government should regulate greenhouse gas emissions. Strangely enough, there were instances of states with noticeable disparities - people who want greenhouse gases regulated but don't believe they cause climate change, and people who believe in climate change but do not want to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. ... MORE
Great Lakes Month in Review: Asian carp and petcoke12/02/2013
Current State checks in monthly with Great Lakes commentator and journalist Gary Wilson for updates on environmental stories from around the basin. For today's Great Lakes Month in Review, we're focusing on petcoke piles and Asian carp. ... MORE
Curious about what the Great Lakes Storm of 1913 was really like?11/27/2013
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Great Lakes regional team and the National Weather Service's Detroit team have simulated wave height during the Great Storm of 1913. The storm sunk 12 boats and killed 250 people. ... MORE
Tech-savvy Michigan farmers seek better Internet for profits and environmental protection11/27/2013
Michigan farmers are increasingly turning to technology to track weather, map the precise spreading of fertilizers and seeds and follow prices for input and services. Their only hurdle? Dealing with often shoddy broadband Internet service. ... MORE