Graham Environmental Sustainability Institute http://michiganradio.org en What can be done about algae blooms and dead zones in Lake Erie? http://michiganradio.org/post/what-can-be-done-about-algae-blooms-and-dead-zones-lake-erie <p>If you lived in Michigan in the 1960s and '70s, you will remember: Lake Erie was on the "critical list." It was once declared dead.</p><p>But it got back on the road to health and recovery until the mid-1990s.</p><p>That's when the lake started showing signs of distress, with large algae blooms and dead zones showing up again.</p><p>Now comes a <a href="http://ecofore.org/resources/final-report/">report</a> from an international agency that keeps a close eye on the health of the Great Lakes, and it is a clarion call to action. Among the agencies contributing to the report is the Graham Sustainability Institute at the University of Michigan.</p><p>Don Scavia, director of the Graham Sustainability Institute, joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 19:58:10 +0000 Stateside Staff 16813 at http://michiganradio.org What can be done about algae blooms and dead zones in Lake Erie? 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 Michigan ecologists want new strategies to manage zebra mussels in Great Lakes http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-ecologists-want-new-strategies-manage-zebra-mussels-great-lakes <p>Ecologists from the University of Michigan say invasive zebra and quagga mussels are causing dramatic changes to the ecosystems in northern Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. Their <a href="http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/es103892w">report </a>says action must come soon to stop the spread of the mussels in the Great Lakes.</p><p>Donald Scavia&nbsp; is the Director of the University of Michigan <a href="http://graham.umich.edu/">Graham Environmental Sustainability Institute</a>. He&#39;s one of the authors of a new report that says the changes are happening quickly and require more attention than they are getting now:</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;Our management strategies need to be able to be reviewed and modified every couple of years rather than every couple of decades.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>Scavia said the zebra mussels make it difficult to predict the conditions of the Great Lakes from year to year. Wed, 13 Apr 2011 19:33:38 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 2073 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan ecologists want new strategies to manage zebra mussels in Great Lakes