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Anti-Trump protests at CMU is large, peaceful

Credit: CMU

Credit: CMU

In cities across the country protesters have gathered to show their opposition to president elect Donald Trump.

On the campus of Central Michigan University Tuesday roughly 300 students and faculty gathered to show solidarity with the national protests.

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Trees can help reduce air pollution researchers say

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One environmental group has found a way to help reduce the air pollution across the globe. Their solution is putting nature back into the environment.


A new survey shows planting trees can help reduce air pollution and extreme heat during summer.

Robert McDonald is the lead scientist for the Nature Conservancy, which conducted the survey. He said there are two issues the study focuses on.

“One is how trees cool the air and they do that by shading pavement, and asphalt preventing it from getting the sun’s energy. And then the reports focuses on particulate matter, which globally the most damaging type of air pollution. So when we burn gasoline and other fossil fuels there are little particles that float around in the air.”

McDonald said particulate matter pollution contributes to strokes, heart attacks, asthma and other diseases. It kills some three million people a year. He said trees help by serving as a giant filter, and cool surrounding areas by up to four degrees.

Michigan National Guard works to make bases resilient to climate change

610temp.newThe Michigan National Guard and the Air National Guard will work to make its bases – and the communities near them – resilient to climate change. This comes three years after President Obama signed an Executive Order that instructs federal agencies to help state and local leaders prepare for extreme weather caused by climate change.
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This week is Carbon Monoxide Safety and Awareness Week in Michigan

P1000474The awareness week is scheduled in the fall because we are approaching the winter months when water heaters, furnaces, and other fuel burning entities are more frequently used.

Jennifer Eisner is the Public Information Officer with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

“Carbon monoxide is very hard to detect, the warning signs would include flu like symptoms such as headache, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, drowsiness and confusion. So if you start to have sudden, severe flu like symptoms there is the potential that it’s carbon monoxide poisoning so it’s very important that you leave the area immediately and seek medical attention.”

Eisner says infants, the elderly, and people with heart or lung disease are at greater risk of carbon monoxide poisoning and typically show symptoms earlier.

She says if you notice symptoms it’s important to leave the area and immediately seek medical attention.

The Michigan State Police is getting two million dollars from the federal government

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The state police is getting two million dollars from the feds. Some of that money will go toward paying overtime for testing rape kits. Some of it will help fight a growing methamphetamine problem. And some of it will go toward a new patrol boat for the Port of Sault Ste. Marie.

Nancy Bennett is with the state police.

“This allows us to do things that might be outside of our budget. And it really – they use them as incentives for getting projects started. If you have grant funding and things work really well then the agency is much more likely to incorporate that into their regular operating business.”

One of the grants will be used to fight methamphetamine production and use in the state.

Matt Opsommer is with the Michigan State Police. He said the grant is especially important in southwest Michigan.

“While heroin is, and rightly so, getting a lot of attention nationally as well as here in Michigan – heroin and opioids. We’re also seeing a comeback of sorts of methamphetamine.”

Michigan is in the process of implementing its vision for bringing traffic deaths in the state down to zero

IMG_0037It’s called Toward Zero Deaths, and it is intended to reduce roadway fatalities.

The initiative aims at changing driver behavior. Experts say driver behavior factors into nearly 90 percent of all crashes.

Gregg Brunner is the Associate Region Engineer for MDOT’s Bay region.

“And within Michigan there’s approximately 900 fatalities each year on our roadways. So what we’re doing is trying to go out and educate drivers, and move that 900 number within Michigan down to zero.”

Brunner says the strategy used will involve the four E’s, engineering, enforcement, education, and emergency response.

He says the campaign has been going on for a few years now, and has been implemented across several states.

Statewide conference looks to address contaminants on Great Lakes beaches.

Environmental groups and experts from around the state are gathering in Marquette this week to talk about Michigan’s beaches. The Great Lakes Beach Association Conference will highlight efforts to detect E. Coli faster, and survey beaches quicker.

Shannon Briggs is a toxicologist with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.

She says keeping Michigan beaches clean and safe is a priority. “Michigan has great beaches, all across our state, and most of these beaches are in places that are tucked away in smaller communities. We want to keep those beaches open and  clean because those beaches are attracting other visitors and tourism.”

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