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University of Michigan
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The wildfires along the United States West Coast continue to devastate homes and the surrounding environment.  Many environmental experts consider this more evidence of climate change, and yet some politicians constantly dispute those claims.  Dr. Richard Rood, professor of climate and space sciences and engineering at the University of Michigan, discusses his thoughts on this conflict, as well as the effects the fires have had on southeast Michigan, with WEMU's David Fair on this week's "Issues of the Environment."


Air Pollution
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The COVID-19 shutdown took most people off the road for a couple of months.  That did allow for some air quality improvement in Southeast Michigan.  However, it wasn't enough to offset the generations of pollution that have resulted in terrible health conditions and outcomes.  For this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair has a conversation about this situation with Mary Ann Dolehanty, the director of Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy's Air Quality Division.


Debbie Dingell
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Since President Donald Trump took office, 58 environmental protection policies have been rolled back or rescinded.  37 more are in the process of being taken off the books.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair checks in with 12th District Michigan Congresswoman Debbie Dingell about efforts to thwart federal policies that threaten environmental health and sustainability.  


DTE Energy
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This past weekend brought heavy storms to southeast Michigan.  That led to hundreds of thousands of residents without electricity much of the outages centered in Washtenaw and Livingston Counties.  WEMU's David Fair talked with Heather Rivard, senior vice president of electric distribution at DTE Energy, about the ongoing effort to get to full restoration. 


Eastern Michigan University

Eastern Michigan University is trying to get grade school students interested in mathematics.


Smash Bros.
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Eastern Michigan University students, under the direction of Dr. Sadaf Ali and Patrick Campion, were given the opportunity to create a reporting project as a final project in their CTAT 334 class.  This is the work of Will Bogen, reporting on groups who meet and play the video game "Super Smash Bros. Melee," both socially and competitively.


Wildfire
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The recent wildfires in California captured the world's attention, including those researching climate change.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks to one such researcher. Dr. Jonathon Overpeck is the Samuel A. Graham Dean of the School for Environment and Sustainability at the University of Michigan. They discuss the connection between wildfires and climate change and why there is increased risk in Michigan. 


From October 11th-14th, Americans for the Arts held its Executive Leadership Forum in Toledo, Ohio.  Arts organizations from around the country were represented to discuss successes and challenges in furthering the creative industries.  Get an inside look as to what lessons were learned and can be put to use in Ann Arbor and southeast Michigan.  Deb Polich is President and CEO of the Arts Alliance, WEMU's partner in "creative:impact," and she shares her experiences at the forum with our own David Fair. 


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Nearly a million Michigan residents lost power in yesterday’s wind storm.  At its peak, DTE Energy reported 700,000 customers without electricity in southeast Michigan. 

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Poor air quality in regions of our state contributes to chronic health problems including asthma, COPD, some cancers, and more. In this month's edition of WEMU's 1st Friday Focus on the Environment, Lisa Wozniak discusses the impact of air pollution on our communities with State Rep. Stephanie Chang and what it would take to move our state forward with environmental justice.I

Coyote
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Humans and Coyotes are more frequently inhabiting the same space. Studies are underway to explore the lives of near-urban coyotes and our ability to co-habitate.  

In this week's 'Issues of the Environment' you'll hear from Wayne State University Researcher Bill Dodge. 


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Washtenaw County is among the many in Michigan under a Winter Storm Warning. The National Weather Service issued the warning, to be in effect until three this afternoon. Storm snowfall totals could reach between 6-9 inches.  

According to the NWS Hazardous Weather Statement, the peak of the snowfall is expected between six and 10am, with up to one-to-two inches of snowfall per hour.  

The  National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory, in effect for all of Southeast Michigan beginning at noon today and running through midnight Wednesday. A heat advisory means that a period of hot temperatures is expected. In this case, forecasters say highs in the 90s will feel over 100 degrees in throughout the region.


The National Weather Service says the hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a situation in which heat illnesses are more common. Heat stroke, heat exhaustion, muscle cramps and sun burns are possible in cases where no protective action is taken.

Officials suggest you drink plenty of fluids, stay out of the sun, and stay in air-conditioned buildings whenever possible. Children and pets should never be left in vehicles under any circumstances. Doctors say symptoms like an inability to perspire, confusion and dizziness should be warning signs that you need to go somewhere cool to rest and rehydrate. This advice is especially important for senior citizens and others at high risk for heat illness - including those with diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and respiratory disorders.