- State climatologist: Data suggests warmer than normal summer on the way
The data predicts that this summer will be warmer than normal, Andresen says, but the amount of precipitation cannot be predicted. Many are concerned that another summer drought will occur, which he says is possible, but very unlikely.
- Chuck Leavell: Growing A Better America: Smart, Strong and Sustainable
"We're experiencing phenomenal growth in America, but as we go forward is that growth going to be rapid, rampant, and reckless or can it be smart, strong, and sustainable?"
- Michigan man translates environmental research for public via YouTube
Dozens of leading scientists advise Sinclair, he says, and have began inviting him to join their international research and data-gathering explorations. "They know that they're challenged by communication," he says, "and they know that's a skillset that just a lot of them don't have."
- Pure Michigan Focuses on Conservation, not Preservation
Celebrating its 75th anniversary, she says, the MUCC unites citizens to conserve, protect and enhance our natural resources through communication, education and advocacy. "We really want to protect peoples' rights to hunt and trap, we want to engage people," McDonough says, "and we want to help people foster a stewardship ethic."
- WMEAC and Grand Valley to Recognize Outstanding Women Environmentalists
The West Michigan Environmental Action Council (WMEAC) and Grand Valley State University are presenting the second annual Women & Environment Symposium on Friday, Feb. 15 at the L.V. Eberhard Center in downtown Grand Rapids.
MSU president Lou Anna K. Simon: MSU has always been green (part 1)
- President Simon talks with Kirk Heinze on WJR
Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon, who helped bring programming like Greening of the Great Lakes to WJR, talks with Kirk Heinze about environmental issues in the state.
MSU is involved with alternative energy research. The university’s involvement in the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center allows faculty to examine new energy resources and move away from the idea of ethanol. Simon says the future energy portfolio will be a mixed portfolio including clean coal, nuclear energy, energy conservation and even converting algae to energy—a project being researched at MSU.
MSU Extension helped out with the Gulf oil spill and the Kalamazoo river spill.
“If you think about the frustrations of the bureaucracy around the Gulf oil spill, you had a lot of jurisdictions, and you have a lot of people who were not necessarily there but who had responsibility and one of the things I think people underestimate about extension in difficult times is that they’re there and they can have a rapid response capacity that’s simply built into the organization,” Simon says.
Click on the arrow above to hear part one of Simon’s August 13 Greening of the Great Lakes conversation. Greening of the Great Lakes airs Fridays at 7 p.m. on News/Talk 760 WJR.
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