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.
On Saturday, the Michigan Pride Festival celebrated its 30th year in Lansing. Upbeat music and rainbow flags were spread out throughout march, which began on Grand Avenue and ended on the steps of the State Capitol building. Those in attendance included drag queens, local politicians, several churches and many families.
Help from Michigan is coming to Midwest farmers affected by severe flooding. Founding members of Farm and Rancher Aid from West Michigan will head to Nebraska in late June to help farmers rebuild fencing, barns and other property.
A gas leak has caused the evacuation of 12 homes and a church in Portland on Thursday afternoon. Authorities blocked off the area of West Grand River Ave near N. West Street and asked for it to be avoided until further notice.