climate change http://michiganradio.org en Climate change fueling increase in pollen, allergies http://michiganradio.org/post/climate-change-fueling-increase-pollen-allergies <p></p><p><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.15; background-color: transparent;">If even hearing the word “ragweed” makes your eyes water, you might be one of the nearly 45 million Americans with seasonal allergies. Researchers say climate change is fueling the rise in allergies and asthma.</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-f3e036ce-44ab-0742-a91e-73e0093707be"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Jenny Fischer has been taking over-the-counter medication for allergies for a long time. Without it, she suffers cold-like symptoms: a runny nose, sneezing and congestion. An allergy pill usually made it better. But a couple of years ago, things started to get worse.</span></span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-f3e036ce-44ab-0742-a91e-73e0093707be"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">“I’d be out at 5:30 in the morning walking my dog, and it would just be huffing and puffing. And, you know, I couldn’t catch my breath. It's scary," she said.</span></span></p><p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 15:38:51 +0000 Julie Grant 18409 at http://michiganradio.org Climate change fueling increase in pollen, allergies U.N. panel: No one will be unaffected by climate change http://michiganradio.org/post/un-panel-no-one-will-be-unaffected-climate-change <p></p><p><em>*Want to see how climate change will impact the economy of the Great Lakes region? Check out this <a href="http://graham.umich.edu/glaac/great-lakes-atlas">interactive map</a> from the Great Lakes Adaptation Assessment for Cities at the University of Michigan.</em></p><p>The most recent report on the world’s climate from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change shows that no one will be untouched by the effects of climate change. Henry Pollack is one of the contributors to the IPCC report.</p><p>Pollack said the most important message from this report is that climate change is real. Humans are the principal factor, the consequences are not pretty, and the window for fixing the issue is getting smaller and smaller.</p><p>The report is a compilation of reports from experts all over the world. &nbsp;</p><p>Pollack says climate change will affect everyone in different ways depending on where they live. In Michigan we can expect to see lower water levels in the Great Lakes. Earlier growing seasons may eventually occur, which could be problematic if there were an unexpected freeze. The two principle crops in Michigan, corn and soybeans, would also be very vulnerable to high temperatures.</p><p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 11:22:31 +0000 Stateside Staff 18057 at http://michiganradio.org U.N. panel: No one will be unaffected by climate change Michigan gets ready for EPA's proposed carbon rules http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-gets-ready-epas-proposed-carbon-rules <p>On Monday morning, the Environmental Protection Agency released the <a href="http://www2.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2014-05/documents/20140602proposal-cleanpowerplan.pdf">federal government’s plan </a>to cut carbon dioxide emissions from power plants. The agency's calling it the "Clean Power Plan."</p><p>The EPA says carbon dioxide emissions are the main driver of climate change. The agency is&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">proposing a 30% reduction in CO2 from power plants by 2030. Here's what EPA says about the proposed regulations:</span></p><blockquote><p>Climate change is not just a problem for the future. We are facing its impacts today:</p><div data-angle="0" data-canvas-width="238.70319430887218" data-font-name="g_font_5_0" dir="ltr" style="font-size: 18.4px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 180.033px; top: 905.717px; transform: rotate(0deg) scale(0.907962, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;">Average temperatures have risen in most states since 1901, with seven of the top 10 warmest years on record occurring since 1998.</div><div data-angle="0" data-canvas-width="238.70319430887218" data-font-name="g_font_5_0" dir="ltr" style="font-size: 18.4px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 180.033px; top: 905.717px; transform: rotate(0deg) scale(0.907962, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;">&nbsp;</div><div data-angle="0" data-canvas-width="679.1071838088227" data-font-name="g_font_5_0" dir="ltr" style="font-size: 18.4px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 180.033px; top: 936.517px; transform: rotate(0deg) scale(0.915733, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;">&nbsp;</div><div data-angle="0" data-canvas-width="679.1071838088227" data-font-name="g_font_5_0" dir="ltr" style="font-size: 18.4px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 180.033px; top: 936.517px; transform: rotate(0deg) scale(0.915733, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;">Climate and weather disasters in 2012 cost the American economy more than $100 billion.</div><div data-angle="0" data-canvas-width="8.463999798202513" data-font-name="g_font_21_0" dir="ltr" style="font-size: 18.4px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 90px; top: 963.675px; transform: rotate(0deg) scale(0.651077, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;">&nbsp;</div><div data-angle="0" data-canvas-width="191.32319543849948" data-font-name="g_font_5_0" dir="ltr" style="font-size: 18.4px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 476.083px; top: 1077.17px; transform: rotate(0deg) scale(0.935108, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;">Nationwide, by 2030, the Clean Power Plan will help cut carbon pollution</div><div data-angle="0" data-canvas-width="23.75439943365097" data-font-name="g_font_5_0" dir="ltr" style="font-size: 18.4px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 440.283px; top: 1102.97px; transform: rotate(0deg) scale(0.928511, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;">&nbsp;from the power sector by approximately 30 per cent from 2005 levels. It</div><div data-angle="0" data-canvas-width="240.48799426631928" data-font-name="g_font_5_0" dir="ltr" style="font-size: 18.4px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 231.033px; top: 1128.57px; transform: rotate(0deg) scale(0.907673, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;">&nbsp;will also reduce pollutants that contribute to the soot and smog that make people sick by over 25 percent.</div></blockquote><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Policymakers at the state level and the state’s major power companies don’t seem surprised by the news.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 16:50:32 +0000 Lindsey Smith 17836 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan gets ready for EPA's proposed carbon rules DEQ chief wants flexibility to deal with EPA carbon standard http://michiganradio.org/post/deq-chief-wants-flexibility-deal-epa-carbon-standard <p>Governor Rick Snyder’s administration will argue for flexibility to meet proposed new federal standards for greenhouse gas emissions. The rule was made public today by the EPA. It calls for a 30% reduction in carbon emissions by 2030, compared to emissions in 2005.</p><p>“We support that goal. We think it’s a legitimate goal. Our issue is – and there’s a lot of detail yet that we haven’t gone through – will the state be given the flexibility, and will it be an orderly transition?” said Dan Wyant, the director of the state Department of Environmental Quality.</p><p></p><p>He says the state is already on a path to meet the 10 percent renewable energy target required by a 2008 state law. But he says future goals should be broader than forcing a transition to alternative fuels.</p><p></p><p>“We know it can be disruptive – reliability and affordability can be impacted if we go too fast, too hard, too soon,” said Wyant. He said, for example, Michigan will ask the Obama administration to count utilities’ efficiency efforts against emissions targets.</p><p></p><p>The final version of the rule won’t be adopted until next year following a public comment period.&nbsp; A legislative workgroup is starting to plot Michigan’s next energy strategy. Michigan is also part of the Midwestern Power Sector Collaborative, which is pondering a regional approach to complying with the new emissions standards. &nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 10:51:37 +0000 Rick Pluta 17834 at http://michiganradio.org DEQ chief wants flexibility to deal with EPA carbon standard Report: Climate change is a challenge now for Michigan farmers http://michiganradio.org/post/report-climate-change-challenge-now-michigan-farmers <p>Climate change is making Michigan farmers more vulnerable to dramatic weather shifts, according to <a href="http://nca2014.globalchange.gov/">a new report.</a></p><p>The U.S. Global Change Research Program released a report this morning claiming&nbsp;climate change is no longer a future threat but is a reality now.</p> Tue, 06 May 2014 15:01:22 +0000 Steve Carmody & The Associated Press 17492 at http://michiganradio.org Report: Climate change is a challenge now for Michigan farmers Stateside for Tuesday, April 22, 2014 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-tuesday-april-22-2014 <p>Big news out of Washington, D.C. today: The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld Michigan’s ban on race- and gender-based affirmative action. The Court's majority held that Michigan voters were within their rights to amend the state constitution to ban the college admission policies. We dove into the decision on today's show.</p><p>Then, we checked in with Michigan Radio's auto-beat reporter Tracy Samilton about big changes that are likely in the leadership at Ford.</p><p>And, on this Earth Day, what moths can tell us about the world's changing climate.</p><p>Also, we spoke with author Joseph Tirella about his book Tomorrow-Land: The 1964-65 World's Fair and the Transformation of America.</p><p>First on the show, i<span style="line-height: 1.5;">t's taken months of bargaining, bickering and posturing, but there have been promising advances in the Detroit bankruptcy journey.</span></p><p>Pieces are starting to fall into place that could complete the so-called "grand bargain" that would protect the DIA collection and soften the blow for Detroit's retirees.</p><p>First came word of a tentative deal between the city and its pensioners. A day later, the board that represents police and fire retirees gave unanimous approval to the deal.</p><p>Now it's on to the next hurdle: getting state lawmakers to approve Michigan's share of the grand bargain – $350 million.</p><p>Chris Gautz, Capitol Correspondent of Crain's Detroit Business, joined us today.</p><p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:27:44 +0000 Stateside Staff 17317 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Tuesday, April 22, 2014 What can Finnish moths tell us about climate change? http://michiganradio.org/post/what-can-finnish-moths-tell-us-about-climate-change <p></p><p>Today marks the 44th anniversary of Earth Day. Many consider April 22, 1970 to be the birth of the modern environmental movement.</p><p>At that time, Earth Day organizers had an advantage: The environmental problems were highly visible, tangible problems that people came up against in their daily lives, such as toxic effluent from factories spilled into streams and rivers. Kids couldn't swim in lakes and rivers because they were too polluted.&nbsp; Parks and highways were strewn with trash and air pollution made people sick.</p><p>You could draw a direct connection between these problems and the need for environmental action to improve the quality of life for everyone.</p><p>Many of today's biggest environmental concerns seem more abstract even though they are perhaps even more threatening than the burning river in Cleveland. Global warming is one example.</p><p>That's why a study by our next guest caught our eye. He found that what is happening to moths in Finnish Lapland suggests that we're underestimating the impacts of climate change because much of the harm is hidden from view.</p><p>Mark Hunter is a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Michigan, and he joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:17:56 +0000 Stateside Staff 17314 at http://michiganradio.org What can Finnish moths tell us about climate change? 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