Energy & The Environment

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From Great Lakes Now to Beyond the Light Switch, Detroit Public Television brings you in-depth coverage and reporting of important energy and environmental issues.

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  • Culinary masters aboard Great Lakes freighters: Navigating the high seas of flavor
    by Capri S. Cafaro on May 31, 2023 at 6:00 pm

    Freighters are mysterious creatures, grazing the horizon at what seems a glacier’s pace, laden with commodities like coal or iron ore.  We accept them as part of the Great Lakes’ landscape, but we don’t often think about what it takes to run them.  It turns out, it takes a sizable team. Read Now at Great Lakes Now.

  • Mapping the Great Lakes: Freighters!
    by Alex Hill on May 30, 2023 at 11:25 pm

    Love staring at a map and discovering something interesting? Then “Mapping the Great Lakes” is for you. It’s a monthly Great Lakes Now feature created by Alex B. Hill, a self-described “data nerd and anthropologist” who combines cartography, data, and analytics with storytelling and human experience. Read Now at Great Lakes Now.

  • Bill aims to allow backyard wildlife feeding, but critics fear deer disease
    by Bridge Michigan on May 26, 2023 at 3:34 pm

    By Ashley Zhou Bridge Michigan The Great Lakes News Collaborative includes Bridge Michigan; Circle of Blue; Great Lakes Now at Detroit Public Television; and Michigan Radio, Michigan’s NPR News Leader; who work together to bring audiences news and information about the impact of climate change, pollution, and aging infrastructure on the Great Lakes and drinking water. Read Now at Great Lakes Now.

  • Science Says What? Looking for love as northern forests heat up
    by Sharon Oosthoek on May 25, 2023 at 3:23 pm

    Science Says What? is a monthly column written by Great Lakes now contributor Sharon Oosthoek exploring what science can tell us about what’s happening beneath and above the waves of our beloved Great Lakes and their watershed. The last couple decades have been good to southern flying squirrels in the upper reaches of the Great Lakes. Read Now at Great Lakes Now.

Beyond the Light Switch

Winner of the DuPont-Columbia University award for journalistic excellence, Beyond the Light Switch 1 & 2 took viewers on an enlightening journey of discovery into the future of electricity.

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Great Lakes Now

DPTV provides coverage of the most important discussions taking place around the future of the Great Lakes.

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Fighting the Bat Plague

Learn about a deadly fungal disease that has destroyed six million bats in the eastern U.S.

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The Ethanol Effect

The Ethanol Effect investigates the human, environmental and political costs of growing and refining corn for ethanol in America.

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NATURE brings the beauty and wonder of the natural world into your home.

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NOVA brings you stories from the frontlines of science and engineering.

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