earth day http://michiganradio.org en How has your local climate changed? The Weather Underground shows you http://michiganradio.org/post/how-has-your-local-climate-changed-weather-underground-shows-you <p>A popular Ann Arbor-based online weather service is offering a new feature on its website. At the <a href="http://www.wunderground.com/climate">Weather Underground&rsquo;s &ldquo;Climate Change Center</a>,&rdquo; you can see how your local climate has changed over the years.</p><p>Detailed graphs display historical information for temperature, precipitation, and snowfall. The data goes back to the 1700s in some cases.</p><p>It also shows how your local climate is expected to change in the future based on current climate models.</p><p>Co-founder of the Weather Underground Jeff Masters said they launched the new tool in honor of Earth Day. One of the goals of the site, he said, is to help people understand the differences between climate and weather.</p><p>&ldquo;Climate is what you expect based on past history of weather,&rdquo; Masters says, &ldquo;but weather is what you get. It&rsquo;s got lots of random variations. You see a lot of extremes both on cold and hot sides, but they average out over a period of time. And to really understand where the weather of the future might fall, you have to look at how the climate, the long-term statistics over a period of 30 years or more, might be changing.&rdquo; Sun, 22 Apr 2012 13:09:37 +0000 Mark Brush 7140 at http://michiganradio.org How has your local climate changed? The Weather Underground shows you Sewage spill halts Earth Day event near Kalamazoo http://michiganradio.org/post/sewage-spill-halts-earth-day-event-near-kalamazoo <p><strong>From the Associated Press</strong>:</p><p>The <a href="http://www.swmlc.org/">Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy</a> has canceled an Earth Day program scheduled for Saturday after more than 600,000 gallons of raw sewage spilled into wetlands near the event&#39;s Kalamazoo-area location.</p><p>Conservancy workers discovered the leak Thursday and a cleanup was under way Friday. The Kalamazoo Gazette reports that vandals caused the spill by blocking a sewer line with several logs.</p><p>Sue Foune of Kalamazoo&#39;s Public Services Department says lime has been scattered to destroy bacteria. She says the wetlands will absorb and treat the sewage and there should be no long-term<br /> effects.</p><p>But conservancy stewardship director Nate Fuller says nutrients in the sewage will boost invasive cattails that the group has been trying to remove.</p><p>The vandalism was reported to police. Fri, 22 Apr 2011 18:54:26 +0000 Mark Brush 2189 at http://michiganradio.org Sewage spill halts Earth Day event near Kalamazoo