This week we talk with Dr. Rufus Isaacs from Michigan State University. Dr. Isaacs focuses on managing pests to berry crops in Michigan. Collaborating with farmers throughout the state, his work helps to determine which pests are impacting farms. Farmers provide insight into ongoing issues and Dr. Isaacs works to figure out the best solutions to assist them. Check out what he has to say about his work and the work being done across Michigan.
Thousands of immigrants come to the United States on a yearly basis, with Michigan typically taking in about 5,000 a year. Immigrants and refugees new to the Lansing area receive assistance from a variety of organizations, with help from people like Vanessa Garcia Polanco.
Yuko Frazier spearheads the Ypsilanti-based Project Mow, which uses sheep to tend to large plots of lands overgrown with unwanted vegetation. Project Mow’s concerns lie in reducing the use of fossil fuels for tasks like plant removal, but also in a sustainable way of keeping the sheep fed. Many of the efforts made involve re-using materials that would otherwise be thrown out but can make a healthy snack for sheep.
A new study finds Asian carp may be able to survive off a wider variety of food sources than previously anticipated. Plankton are the preferred food of silver and bighead Asian carp, two of the four main Asian carp species threatening to invade the Great Lakes. It’s a food source in decline in their current breeding areas.
Algae pollution, plastic pollution and waste run-off plague the Great Lakes here in the United States. But similar problems also threaten large bodies of freshwater worldwide. The seven African Great Lakes and Lake Baikal in Russia, two of the world’s largest systems of freshwater, also face these problems daily.
July 29 marked this year’s Earth Overshoot Day. That’s the annual date where it’s estimated that humans have taken more resources from the planet than it can produce for that year. The calculations for the date are provided by the Global Footprint Network, with the date changing almost every year.
Opponents of the Line 5 pipeline staged a protest in downtown Lansing nine years to the day after one of the worst oil spills in the midwest.
The Flint Registry is holding in-person enrollment across the city of Flint all week. Officials are trying to track the health of residents made ill by the Flint Water Crisis. The Flint Registry launched earlier this year in response to the ongoing water crisis, which began in 2014. Lead contamination in Flint’s water system resulted in thousands of Flint residents being poisoned.
Have you ever thought about the environmental impact of your cup of coffee? We stopped by Michigan coffee shops to find out what owners and roasters are doing to minimize the impact on the environment.
The Lansing police department has opened an investigation after a police officer was caught on video repeatedly hitting a detained 16-year-old girl in the back of a police cruiser. Community members organized a protest with assistance from Black Lives Matter-Lansing.