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Today’s the deadline to qualify for this month’s debate, and entrepreneur Andrew Yang made it - the only non-white candidate who’ll be on stage. Plus, former Secretary Julián Castro questions the order of primary contests.

Public News Service - MI: Climate Change/Air Quality

Two new reports debunk claims that the EPA's Clean Power Plan would cost Michiganders in the form of higher energy bills. Credit: click/morguefile.

LANSING, Mich. - If lower electricity bills sound good to you, two new reports find that the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan is the way to get there. The plan is expected to be finalized this summer. Opponents claim it will lead to higher bills, but a new analysis from Synapse

PHOTO: The future price of natural gas is one of the factors states need to take into account in determining the most cost-effective way to meet the EPA's new carbon rules. Photo credit: Charlie Wrenn/Morguefile.

LANSING, Mich. - It's not a crystal ball, but a group of researchers say a new tool can help Michigan and other states grapple with predicting and planning for the most cost-effective and least risky ways to cut back on coal. Douglas Jester with the consulting group Five Lakes Energy says in order

PHOTO: One acre of wetland can absorb as much as one million gallons of water, according to a recent report from the National Wildlife Federation. Many Michiganders are still recovering from the damage caused by five inches of rain which fell in August. Photo credit: M. Shand.

LANSING, Mich. – As many Michiganders are still cleaning up from the devastating effects of last summer's storms while bracing for winter, a recent report from the National Wildlife Federation suggests some of the best resources for preventing major flooding can be found right outside. Colli

PHOTO: New vehicles in the United States are getting better gas mileage than ever before, according to a new report from the Environmental Protection Agency. Photo credit: SDRandCo/morguefile.

DETROIT - Drivers are saving money at the pump, as U.S. fuel economy reaches an all-time high, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA reports model year 2013 vehicles achieved an average of 24.1 miles per gallon. That reflects a half-mile per-gallon improvement over the previous y

PHOTO: Michigan bird watchers say they are already seeing alterations in the populations and habitats of the state's birds, which they believe are tied to climate change. Photo credit: S. Baker, Straits Area Audubon Society

LANSING, Mich. – Michigan's hunters, anglers, bird watchers and boaters say they are seeing firsthand how climate change is putting the state's outdoor legacy at risk, which is why many sportsmen and women are now raising their voices for climate action. A National Audubon Society study proj

PHOTO: Michigan power plants emit as much carbon pollution as the entire economy of Morocco, according to a new report from Environment Michigan. Photo credit: click/morguefile.com

LANSING, Mich. - When it comes to carbon pollution, Michigan's power plants produce an entire nation's share, according to a new report that compares the scope of the problem in the U.S. to a global scale. Elizabeth Ouzts, communications manager with Environment Michigan, says the findings help put

PHOTO: Climate change is projected to bring about an earlier emergence of mosquitoes in the spring, and could bring certain disease-carrying varieties not normally found in Michigan to the state, according to a new report from the National Wildlife Federation. Photo courtesy of National Wildlife Federation.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - It's been an itchy few months for Michiganders, with the state experiencing a bumper crop of biting bugs. Experts say the abundance in bugs is the result of climate change, along with a host of other issues. Dr. Doug Inkley, a senior scientist with the National Wildlife Federatio

PHOTO: Many homes aren't suitable for rooftop solar installations, but community solar projects, supported by the state's two largest utilities, could offer a means for more people in Michigan to access solar energy. Photo credit: Jusben/morguefile.com.

LANSING, Mich. - The future of solar energy is looking brighter in Michigan. A new report shows the state's two largest utilities both plan to offer community solar programs. Julie Baldwin with the Michigan Public Service Commission's renewable energy division says that would mean Consumers Ener

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