- MDEQ leader Dan Wyant: A year of water for Michigan
"The governor is focused on energy and the environment," Wyant says. "This is really going to be a year that we're going to do a lot of work on water, on land issues, on natural resources that are so valuable to Michigan."
- The Great Lakes State thrives under DNR Director Keith Creagh
"The governor's budget really put natural resources front and center," Creagh says. Governor Snyder proposed funds for emergency dredging of the Great Lakes, he says, which will make sure boaters can travel safely and that the industry and economy are protected.
- MSU Sustainability Report: Spartans work to grow greener each year
The Energy Transition Plan sets important goals for MSU's future, Battle says, but significant progress has already been made. Greenhouse gas emissions have been reduced by about 14 percent and geothermal energy is now heating and cooling the new Bott Building for Nursing Education and Research, she says.
- 2012 Michigan Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference
Driving Sustainable Manufacturing October 26, 2012 Wayne State University, Detroit
- Sometimes the carrot motivates better than the stick - Michigan's Clean Corporate Citizens
Environmental law is more than forcing companies to behave responsibly. There are also incentives that provide benefits for those who go above and beyond mere compliance. Michigan's Clean Corporate Citizen program is an example of such a program.
Tom Dietz studies science of climate change for Congress (part one)
- Tom Dietz talks with Kirk Heinze on WJR
In 2008, Congress asked Tom Dietz and his colleagues to study climate change and submit a report. Over two years later, the report has been released.
The bottom line of the report: The planet is warming, and the warming is mostly caused by human activity.
Such assertions are often met with criticism,but Vice Chair Dietz and the rest of the Panel on Advancing the Science of Climate Change at the National Research Council have a 400-page report based on 1,100 studies on the science of climate change to back it up.
Many of the studies they looked at have been produced in the last five years. But Dietz, a Michigan State University sociology professor, says that many people don’t realize climate change isn’t a new scientific issue, and that interest in it goes back at least 150 years.
“The first measurement of the heat-absorbing capacity – of what we now call greenhouse gases – was made in 1859,” says Dietz. “The first calculation that said, ‘Gee, given the amount of fossil fuels we’re burning, and the carbon dioxide that we’re releasing into the atmosphere, we might change the climate, here’s sort of the numbers and it looks plausible’ – that was published in 1896 I believe.”
Critics of the global warming theory often say that the planet could just be warming as part of a natural cycle, and that the human contribution to it is minute. But:
“We’ve measured the natural cycles,” says Dietz. “We haven’t ignored the natural cycle. We’ve actually gone out and tried to figure out what part of this is the natural cycle, and it amounts to about 10 percent.”
Dietz says that the panel didn’t simply accept or reject alternative hypotheses to come to their conclusion, but instead parsed the different factors down to calculate how much each was contributing to climate change.
“When we say this is largely caused by human activity … it’s based on a very substantial body of research with multiple lines of evidence leading us to those conclusions,” he says.
Click on the arrow above to hear part one of Dietz’ June 11 Greening of the Great Lakes conversation with Kirk Heinze. Greening of the Great Lakes airs Friday evenings at 7 on News/Talk 760 WJR.
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