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4:19 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Report: Mixed Results of Great Lakes Clean-up Efforts

The report says some indicators show signs of improvement in the lakes, while others are cause for concern
Credit Ann-Elise Henzl

The International Joint Commission released a report Tuesday on how the health of the Great Lakes has changed in the past 25 years. The agency, made up of representatives from the U.S. and Canada, advises both countries on issues affecting their shared waterways.

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Environment
1:09 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Paving the Way to a Bike Commuting Culture

Early morning - Day One of Bike to Work Week - volunteers set up coffee and snacks along Oak Leaf Trail

Commuting to work by bike may not be a common practice, but it is definitely growing. Every year, advocates around the country serve up coffee by the barrelful and offer free tune-ups in hopes of widening the circle.  Monday is day one of Bike To Work Week in Milwaukee. We hear from local advocates, who practice what they preach.

I’m probably breaking every safety code in the bicycle book – microphone in hand and camera dangling around my neck - as I prepare to trail behind Jessica Binder and her son. They’re heading to school. Four-year-old Everett waits patiently. He’s properly helmeted aboard his scooter.

“ It’s called a skuut. And I can ride a pedal bike down my alley and all the way to school I can bike it,” Everett says.

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Environment
12:53 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

In Michael Pollan's Kitchen, Fresh Foods Leave Little Room for Junk

Author Michael Pollan at Boswell Book Company
Credit Susan Bence

WUWM environmental reporter Susan Bence interviews author Michael Pollan.

Michael Pollan is no stranger to the murky world of food production and how we humans fit in the chain.

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Environment
3:06 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

National Forests Face Threats from People, Politics - and Bugs

Umpqua National Forest in Oregon
Credit U.S. Forest Service

Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews author Chris Johnson about his new book on the creation of national forests.

As the weather gets nicer, millions of Americans will take to hiking in national forests, trading in the company of man for the company of trees. But as more people take advantage of forests, the increased foot-traffic may actually pose a threat to these natural resources.

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Environment
10:34 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Kewaunee Nuclear Plant Shuts Down

It could take more than 60 years for the Kewaunee Power Station to be completely decommissioned.
Credit Lenka Reznicek, via Flickr

Less than 24 hours ago, the Kewaunee Power Station in Wisconsin became the first nuclear power plant in this country to be shut down since the late 1990s.

Virginia-based Dominion Resources decided to stop producing power at the plant when the utilities which bought the power elected not to renew their contract with Dominion.

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