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Issues of the Environment

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Tina Reynolds
Michigan Environmental Council / environmentalcouncil.org

Pollution found in our air and water can lead to serious health issues.  A new report from the Children’s Environmental Health Network explored such risks, especially for children.  Michigan Environmental Council program director Tina Reynolds discusses the report with WEMU's David Fair in this week's "Issues of the Environment."


Tony Reames
University of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability / seas.umich.edu

A number of Americans have difficulty paying their energy bills, which can be very dangerous to a person's health during the winter months.  Dr. Tony Reames, an assistant professor at the U-M's School for Environment and Sustainability, is now researching ways to better understand the correlation between environmental health and income.  Dr. Reames discusses his work with WEMU's David Fair for this week's "Issues of the Environment."


Missy Stults
Planet Blue-University of Michigan / sustainability.umich.edu

Last year, the City of Ann Arbor declared a "climate emergency."  Now, the city aims to be carbon neutral by the year 2030.  Missy Stults, City of Ann Arbor's Sustainability and Innovations Manager, provides further details on the plan with WEMU's David Fair in this week's "Issues of the Environment."


Freepik / freepik.com

Every week, for a quarter of a century now, WEMU's David Fair has delivered "Issues of the Environment," which has brought information involving our community's environmental health.  He has welcomed numerous guests to discuss matters, such as managing food waste, monitoring climate change, and fighting hazardous chemicals like PFAS.  This week, David welcomes Washtenaw County water resources commissioner Evan Pratt for a look back at 25 years of "Issues of the Environment."

Deer
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

Michigan's deer population has exploded in recent years, mostly to due to fewer hunters.  Yet, this population surge can lead to other problems for our ecosystem.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks to Randy Baker, who owns the nature tour program Naturalist Endeavors, about the best ways to manage the state's growing number of deer.


Car Seat
Ciukes / flickr.com

Car seats are designed to keep children safe inside moving vehicles, but toxic chemicals are used to keep them flame-retardant in the manufacturing process.  That is a danger in and of itself.  The Ann Arbor-based Ecology Center has been working with car seat companies to have the chemicals removed and is noting some progress as we head into 2020.  WEMU's David Fair gets the details in a conversation with the Ecology Center's green living resources director, Melissa Cooper Sargent.


Food Gatherers
Food Gatherers / foodgatherers.org

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.


Trish Koman
University of Michigan Multidisciplinary Design Program / umich.edu

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."


Veridian
THRIVE Collaborative / thrive-collaborative.com

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."


Roger Rayle
Barbara Lucas / 89.1 WEMU

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.


Julie Grand
City of Ann Arbor / a2gov.org

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.


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."


Andrew Brisbo
Linkedin / linkedin.com

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.


Birds
David Lenker / flickr.com

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.


Mosquito
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

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.


Impossible Burger
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

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.


Maia C. / flickr.com

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. 


Recycling
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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. 


Farming
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

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.


Algal Bloom
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

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.


Roads
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

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.


Monarch Butterfly
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

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. 


Ann Arbor Farmers Market
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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.


University of Michigan
University of Michigan School of Public Health / sph.umich.edu

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.


Meal Kit
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

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."


Mosquito
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

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.


Kim Bayer
Lisa Barry / 89.1 WEMU

Washtenaw County is home to the only organic, U-pick farm in the state.  Kim Bayer is the owner of Slow Farm in Ann Arbor and serves as Slow Food Governor for the state of Michigan.  In this week's 'Issues of the Environment, she shares her personal passion for organic farming and discusses why the Slow Food movement is vital to our health and our future. 


Dan Ezekiel
Ann Arbor Wiki / localwiki.org

The Sierra Club-Huron Valley Group recently underwent a change in leadership.  Dan Ezekiel now serves as Group Chair.  In this week’s "Issues of the Environment," Dan tells WEMU’s David Fair about efforts to create more active participation in meetings, outdoor activities, and dramatically increase the number of advocates heading into the 2020 elections.


Melissa Cooper Sargent
The Ecology Center / ecocenter.org

For those living near a trash incinerator in Detroit, the smell was awful, and the air quality just as bad.  Asthma rates far exceed state averages, and many living in the area felt powerless. Melissa Cooper-Sargent is Green Living Resource Director for the Ann Arbor-based Ecology Center and lives with her children in the vicinity of the incinerator.  From the Ecology Center, the 'Breathe Free Detroit' campaign was launched, and, as of the end of May, the incinerator shut down.  Sargent joined WEMU's David Fair to discuss the details on this week's "Issues of the Environment."


University of Michigan
Youtube / youtube.com

Climate change affects more than just the weather.  It can lead to numerous other problems, such as excessive flooding. In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair chats with Andrew Gronewold, associate professor at the University of Michigan's School for Environment and Sustainability, about what climate change and flooding mean for the future of the Great Lakes region.


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