- 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 two)
- 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.
“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.
Dietz and his fellow panel members were careful to indicate in the report when an assertion had well-established evidence to support it, and when there was a line of evidence, but not yet enough to make an assertion with high certainty.
With that in mind, he said that there’s a line of evidence that indicates that the oceans may be saturating in terms of their ability to absorb carbon dioxide, or CO2.
“It’s a little worrisome because if that’s the case, then the rate at which CO2 in the atmosphere will increase will get much faster,” says Dietz.
“One of the projections for the Great Lakes region is more rainfall, but also more intense periods of rainfall,” he also says. “It can tend to cause more erosion, more flooding, and it could overwhelm our sewage systems.”
Dietz says that one of the other panels – there are four of them – studied what city, state and local governments and private corporations can do to adapt to climate change. The Panel on Limiting the Magnitude of Future Climate Change recommends that the U.S. create a budget for carbon dioxide emissions, he says.
“One of the things they say that a lot of people don’t like to hear,” says Dietz, “is that if you’re really going to be serious about this, the most efficient way to do it, the way that has the least government involvement, is to put a price on carbon. You can do that with a carbon tax or you could do it with the so-called cap and trade system.”
That panel also said that there’s a need for new technologies.
“One of the members of the overall committee, Björn Stigson ... has pointed out that the Chinese government has made a major commitment to being the world leader in green technologies. Europe is already moving very quickly,” says Dietz. “If we want to see those green jobs in Michigan, we’ve got to move and really begin to build that infrastructure.”
Click on the arrow above to hear part two 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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