climate change http://michiganradio.org en Stateside for Thursday, March 27, 2014 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-thursday-march-27-2014 <div><p>When you think "Michigan," you think tourism, right? Or, for some, maybe it's Tim Allen telling you about the state's open roads, fall colors, glistening lakes. Tourism means big business for the mitten. We look at how the changing climate might impact what more than 4.4 million out-of-state visitors will be able to do and enjoy when they come to the Great Lakes State.&nbsp;</p></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Then, we spoke with Michigan author&nbsp;Laura Kasischke&nbsp;about her latest novel, Mind of Winter.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>And Daniel Howes&nbsp;joined us for our weekly check-in, to discuss Mary Barra and the ghost of GM's past.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Also, women are underrepresented in the&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;STEM&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">(science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields, but there is one University of Michigan student group trying to change that.</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>And, we are one week into spring but still getting snow. Meterologist&nbsp;Jim Maczko&nbsp;spoke with us about when we can expect warmer weather.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>First on the show, w<span style="line-height: 1.5;">e are closing in on the deadline to purchase health insurance or face a penalty under the Affordable Care Act.</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><p>Erin Knott is the Michigan Director of Enroll America, a non-profit, non-partisan group trying to get people enrolled in health insurance.</p><p>Erin joined us today to discuss the upcoming deadline.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 20:38:20 +0000 Stateside Staff 17007 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Thursday, March 27, 2014 How will climate change affect Michigan tourism? http://michiganradio.org/post/how-will-climate-change-affect-michigan-tourism <p></p><p>When you think "Michigan," you have to think tourism. It's big business for the Mitten.</p><p>The now-famous "Pure Michigan" commercials are airing on network TV for the first time.</p><p>Pure Michigan advertising attracted more than four million out-of-state visitors last year. But how will our warming climate impact what those visitors might be able to do and enjoy when they come to Michigan?</p><p>Sarah Nicholls is an associate professor of tourism at Michigan State University, and Jim MacInnes is President and CEO of Crystal Mountain in Thompsonville. They joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 20:19:32 +0000 Stateside Staff 17003 at http://michiganradio.org How will climate change affect Michigan tourism? Poll: Public less supportive of state efforts to combat climate change http://michiganradio.org/post/poll-public-less-supportive-state-efforts-combat-climate-change <p>A new poll shows less support for states, including Michigan, to take steps to combat climate change.</p><p></p><p>The University of Michigan’s Center for Local, State and Urban Policy asked people whether their state governments should adopt policies to deal with climate change, for example reducing greenhouse gas emissions.</p><p></p><p>In 2008, U of M researchers found strong support. In 2013, the support for state action had eroded.</p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 09:38:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 16943 at http://michiganradio.org Poll: Public less supportive of state efforts to combat climate change Student captures video of Lake Michigan ice with a drone and a GoPro camera http://michiganradio.org/post/student-captures-video-lake-michigan-ice-drone-and-gopro-camera <p>Spend a little over a thousand bucks and you too could capture some images that will grab the attention of your local TV station.</p><p>WZZM-TV&nbsp;in West Michigan featured a story about Hope College sophomore Jeff Zita.</p><p>Zita was curious about the ice forming on the lake and sent up his chopper. Here's the news segment (Click <a href="http://www.wzzm13.com/news/regional/278688/5/Students-drone-captures-images-of-Lake-Mich-ice">here </a>if you can't see the video):</p> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 17:16:21 +0000 Mark Brush 16110 at http://michiganradio.org Student captures video of Lake Michigan ice with a drone and a GoPro camera Could the extreme cold weather be tied to a warming climate? http://michiganradio.org/post/could-extreme-cold-weather-be-tied-warming-climate <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The temperatures certainly are extreme. Last night, it was colder in Michigan than it was at the South Pole.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Parts of the state saw temperatures reach 16 below zero with wind chills exceeding 40 below zero.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The "polar vortex" has brought air to the Midwest that normally stays way up in the arctic.</span></p><p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 18:56:38 +0000 Mark Brush 15905 at http://michiganradio.org Could the extreme cold weather be tied to a warming climate? Cities adapting to changing climate, but more changes coming http://michiganradio.org/post/cities-adapting-changing-climate-more-changes-coming <p>It used to be environmentalists did not want to talk about adapting to climate change. They were concerned adapting to the changes meant dodging the big job of reducing greenhouse gas emissions causing climate change.</p><p>That thinking is changing.</p> Thu, 07 Nov 2013 15:17:42 +0000 Lester Graham 15173 at http://michiganradio.org Cities adapting to changing climate, but more changes coming 'Lake Erie has 2% of the water in the Great Lakes, but 50% of the fish' http://michiganradio.org/post/lake-erie-has-2-water-great-lakes-50-fish <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The stat comes from Jeff&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Reutter</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Director of Ohio State University's Stone Laboratory.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">He says the converse is true for Lake Superior. It holds 50% of the water, but just 2% of the fish.</span></p><p>It's a rough estimate, he says, but it gives you a good understanding of how each of the five Great Lakes have unique characteristics, which present unique challenges in managing these lakes.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As part of <a href="http://michiganradio.org/topic/warm-water-fish-changing-great-lakes">our series on how climate change is affecting the Great Lakes</a>, </span>Reutter<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> spoke to us about how Lake Erie is especially vulnerable to temperature variations. It is the southernmost, and the shallowest of the five Great Lakes.</span></p><p>He also spoke about how, unlike the other four Great Lakes, Lake Erie is surrounded by agriculture and a more urbanized landscape.</p><p>You can listen to him speak about his "50 and 2 Rule" here:</p><p><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d1BQqYFzHq4">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d1BQqYFzHq4</a></p><p>Lake Erie has seen a resurgence in algal blooms over the last ten years. It was once a big problem in the 60s and 70s, and it has returned as a problem again.</p><p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 17:48:20 +0000 Mark Brush 15125 at http://michiganradio.org 'Lake Erie has 2% of the water in the Great Lakes, but 50% of the fish' Report finds Michigan is in the top ten for smoke from wildfires http://michiganradio.org/post/report-finds-michigan-top-ten-smoke-wildfires <p>Michigan may not have a big problem with wild fires, but <a href="http://www.nrdc.org/health/impacts-of-wildfire-smoke/files/wildfire-smoke-IB.pdf">a new report</a> claims Michigan does have a major problem with wildfire smoke.</p><p>The Natural Resources Defense Council is out with a report ranking Michigan seventh on a list of states with the most days with wildfire smoke in the air.</p> Fri, 25 Oct 2013 17:22:30 +0000 Steve Carmody 14995 at http://michiganradio.org Report finds Michigan is in the top ten for smoke from wildfires Warming climate leading to heavier rains in region http://michiganradio.org/post/warming-climate-leading-heavier-rains-region <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This past summer brought us challenging days in terms of heavy rain, thunderstorms, and sewers unable to handle the fast and furious downpours.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">And that is giving scientists cause for concern.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Dr </span>Larissa Larsen<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is an associate professor in the </span>Urban and Regional Planning Program at the University of Michigan and she joined us in the studio.</p><p><i>Listen to the audio above.</i></p><p> Thu, 03 Oct 2013 21:43:13 +0000 Stateside Staff 14712 at http://michiganradio.org Warming climate leading to heavier rains in region EPA chief will speak in Ann Arbor today http://michiganradio.org/post/epa-chief-will-speak-ann-arbor-today <p>The new chief of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pvlipZRF8h0#t=60">Gina McCarthy</a>, will be speaking at a conference being held at the University of Michigan&#39;s Law School this evening.</p><p>It&#39;s part of a three-stop tour for the new EPA Administrator who has the tall task of leading the Obama Administration&#39;s efforts to control carbon emissions.</p><p>Here she is talking about their proposed efforts to curb emissions (can you tell she&#39;s from Boston?):</p><p>http://epa.gov/adminweb/multimedia/newscontent/2013-9-20-oa/audio/2013-09-20_carbon.mp3</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">From an EPA&nbsp;</span><a href="http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/0/171675597CCB343285257BF0007C12EB" style="line-height: 1.5;">press release</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">:</span></p><blockquote><p><span style="color: rgb(21, 21, 21); font-family: Arial; font-size: 13px; line-height: 19px;">...Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy will begin a three-day trip where she will speak to students, businesses and other stakeholders on EPA&#39;s recent carbon pollution standards proposal for new power plants, and President Obama&rsquo;s Climate Action Plan to reduce carbon pollution.</span></p></blockquote><p><span style="color: rgb(21, 21, 21); font-family: Arial; font-size: 13px; line-height: 19px;">The EPA has <a href="http://www2.epa.gov/carbon-pollution-standards/2013-proposed-carbon-pollution-standard-new-power-plants">proposed carbon pollution standards for <strong>new</strong> power plants</a>, and the agency is <a href="http://www2.epa.gov/carbon-pollution-standards/questions-state-partners">hoping to work with states</a> to develop standards for <strong>existing </strong>power plants.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(21, 21, 21); font-family: Arial; font-size: 13px; line-height: 19px;">The EPA&#39;s authority to regulate carbon dioxide emissions was supported by a <a href="http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/06pdf/05-1120.pdf">2007 U.S. Supreme Court decision</a>. The intense political pressure and complexity around power plant carbon dioxide regulations has slowed the process for putting power plant regulations in place.&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(21, 21, 21); font-family: Arial; font-size: 12.727272033691406px; line-height: 18.99147605895996px;">It&#39;s been more than six years since the Supreme Court ruling.</span></p><p> Thu, 26 Sep 2013 16:30:20 +0000 Mark Brush 14600 at http://michiganradio.org EPA chief will speak in Ann Arbor today UM researcher studies melting glaciers to learn about climate change http://michiganradio.org/post/um-researcher-studies-melting-glaciers-learn-about-climate-change <p>With all the heat and humidity we've been having, ice sounds pretty good right about now.</p><p>Sarah Aciego is going a long way for some ice this summer: she’s heading to Greenland to study glaciers. She’s an assistant professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Michigan.</p><p>She pioneered a new way to determine the age of dust trapped in glacial ice.</p><p> Thu, 18 Jul 2013 16:26:30 +0000 Rebecca Williams 13595 at http://michiganradio.org UM researcher studies melting glaciers to learn about climate change With changing climate, Michigan might experience more heat waves and other health concerns http://michiganradio.org/post/changing-climate-michigan-might-experience-more-heat-waves-and-other-health-concerns <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If you are not a fan of hot weather, this is not a week you're going to enjoy. Temperatures will be in the </span>90s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and the high humidity means it's going to feel like it's over 100 all week long.</span></p><p>Weather and public health experts tell us we in Michigan had better get used to heat waves like this, because this is our future, and that is raising many health concerns.</p><p>The current issue of <em><a href="http://www.hourdetroit.com/">Hour Detroit</a></em> has a story that looks at what those health concerns are: it's called <a href="http://www.hourdetroit.com/Hour-Detroit/July-2013/Warning-on-Warming/">"Warning on Warming”</a> by Ilene Wolff.</p><p>She joined us today in the studio.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Mon, 15 Jul 2013 21:35:20 +0000 Stateside Staff 13541 at http://michiganradio.org With changing climate, Michigan might experience more heat waves and other health concerns Stateside for Monday, July 15th, 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-monday-july-15th-2013 <p>Democrats in the state House have introduced a package of bills that would add more state regulations to the process of hydraulic fracturing, or ‘fracking.’ We spoke to a co-sponsor of the legislation on today's show.</p><p>And, as the use of meth makes headlines across the state, we talked to one woman about her recovery and what she's doing for other addicts.</p><p>And, it’s going to be a hot week for Michiganders. We took a look at what health concerns are related to the increased temperatures.</p><p>Also, we spoke with Gary Whelan of the State Department of Natural Resources about what is being done to keep the Great Lakes stocked with fish.</p><p>First on the show, t<span style="line-height: 1.5;">he debate over expanding Medicaid in Michigan continues.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Governor Snyder is still pushing for the state Senate to vote on the legislation. It would expand Medicaid to hundreds of thousands of low-income adults in the state. The state House has already approved it.</span></p><p>Over the weekend, Mark Schauer waded into the debate.</p><p>Schauer – a Democrat – is running for Governor in 2014. He said on Saturday that he does not understand why Governor Snyder is not calling the Legislature into a special session.</p><p>Rick Pluta and Zoe Clark, Michigan Radio’s “It’s Just Politics” team, joined us today to answer Mark Shauer’s question.</p><p> Mon, 15 Jul 2013 21:17:23 +0000 Stateside Staff 13543 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Monday, July 15th, 2013 Retrofitting a 112-year-old house with solar panels http://michiganradio.org/post/retrofitting-112-year-old-house-solar-panels <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Recently scientists issued a statement indicating the world's atmospheric carbon dioxide level had reached 400 parts per million. Prior to the industrial revolution the level was 280 parts per million.</span></p><p>For those concerned about climate change, this is an alarming threshold. We don’t know yet what it will mean in the coming decades, but the last time the CO2 level was this high in the atmosphere about two and a half million years ago, the Earth was a much warmer, much different place.</p><p>Those who have been concerned about climate change have been talking about this and some have taken action. One of those people lives here in Michigan.</p><p> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 22:11:20 +0000 Stateside Staff 13214 at http://michiganradio.org Retrofitting a 112-year-old house with solar panels Report: Climate change threatening migratory birds http://michiganradio.org/post/report-climate-change-threatening-migratory-birds <p>Environmental groups say climate change is the biggest threat in the 21st century to migratory birds in the Great Lakes.</p><p></p><p>Every year, hundreds of migratory bird species pass through the Great Lakes region.</p><p>But a new National Wildlife Federation report says climate change is reducing the range that these birds need to survive the journey.</p><p></p><p>The report says climate change is affecting where migratory birds can feed and raise their young.</p><p></p> Tue, 18 Jun 2013 17:37:44 +0000 Steve Carmody 13108 at http://michiganradio.org Report: Climate change threatening migratory birds Ruby-throated hummingbirds arriving earlier http://michiganradio.org/post/ruby-throated-hummingbirds-arriving-earlier <p>Every spring, instinct tells the ruby-throated hummingbird to head from Mexico to northern states, including Michigan. But experts say it’s making that trip earlier than ever.&nbsp; That early migration could be a sign of trouble for the tiny powerhouse of the avian world.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 26 Feb 2013 14:35:06 +0000 Rina Miller 11418 at http://michiganradio.org Ruby-throated hummingbirds arriving earlier New report shows comprehensive view of climate changes’ effect http://michiganradio.org/post/new-report-shows-comprehensive-view-climate-changes-effect <p>A <a href="http://www.nwf.org/~/media/PDFs/Global-Warming/Reports/NWF_Wildlife-Warming-World_Report_web.pdf?dmc=1&amp;ts=20130130T1613457031">new report from the National Wildlife Federation</a> details ways climate change is affecting the Great Lakes states, including Michigan.</p><p>The report says there’s more heavy rainfall events, a major decline in ice cover, and warmer average water temperatures. It outlines a number of examples where wildlife and communities are reacting to the changes.</p> Fri, 01 Feb 2013 14:13:13 +0000 Lindsey Smith 11023 at http://michiganradio.org New report shows comprehensive view of climate changes’ effect Stateside: Scientists draft a National Climate Assessment http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-scientists-draft-national-climate-assessment <p><em>The following is a summary of a previously recorded interview. To hear the complete segment, click the audio above. </em></p><p>More than 240 scientists contributed to a new draft report of the <a href="www.ncadac.globalchange.gov">National Climate Assessment</a>. The report <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/01/11/expanding-climate-change-conversation">addresses the country’s changing climate</a> and is the third federal climate review since 2000. Mon, 28 Jan 2013 21:28:16 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 10970 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside: Scientists draft a National Climate Assessment A year full of extreme weather hits home http://michiganradio.org/post/year-full-extreme-weather-hits-home <p>Here's one of those headlines that'll probably confirm your hunch:</p><p>Weather-wise, this January through September was the most extreme the country’s ever experienced, ever since we started keeping records.&nbsp;</p><p>Let's just flip back through the 2012 calendar, shall we?</p><p>First, there was the winter-that-wasn't. Meteorologist Jeff Masters is based in Ann Arbor and is a big name in the weather-blog world.</p><p>"It started with the non-winter of 2012. It was one of the warmest Januarys and Februarys on record."</p><p>He says that warm winter led into a stormy spring, with a big tornado in March.</p><p>"Which ripped through Dexter, Michigan, causing a lot of damage there. And in addition, in March we had summer in March."</p><p> Thu, 18 Oct 2012 13:00:00 +0000 Kate Wells 9510 at http://michiganradio.org A year full of extreme weather hits home Plant zones shifting north as winters warm http://michiganradio.org/post/plant-zones-shifting-north-winters-warm <p>If you’re thinking of planting trees or shrubs in your yard... the U.S. Department of Agriculture has guidelines for what to plant depending on where you live. It’s called the <a href="http://planthardiness.ars.usda.gov/PHZMWeb/#">Plant Hardiness Zone Map</a>.&nbsp; It’s based on average minimum winter temperatures.&nbsp; So you can use it to decide if the kind of tree you want to plant will make it through the winter without freezing to death.</p><p>This past January, the USDA updated this map for the first time since 1990.&nbsp;</p><p>But one researcher argues it’s already out of date.</p><p>Nir Krakauer is an assistant professor of civil engineering at the City College of New York. He says the USDA used the annual minimum temperatures between 1976 and 2005 to make their map. &nbsp;He updated that map with more recent data.</p><p>“In general, a lot of Michigan might be a half zone less cold than the USDA map would show.”</p><p> Tue, 18 Sep 2012 13:35:56 +0000 Rebecca Williams 9125 at http://michiganradio.org Plant zones shifting north as winters warm