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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  • Why Line 5 will likely remain open despite Democratic control of Lansing
    by Bridge Michigan on November 29, 2022 at 3:00 pm

    By Kelly House, 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.

  • Mapping the Great Lakes: Pumpkin production
    by Alex Hill on November 28, 2022 at 5:00 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.

  • Energy News Roundup: Nuclear communities sidelined in just transition debate, Mid-Michigan smacks down wind energy
    by Kathy Johnson on November 24, 2022 at 2:00 pm

    Keep up with energy-related developments in the Great Lakes area with Great Lakes Now’s biweekly headline roundup. Click on the headline to read the full story:   Illinois ‘We are scarred’: Nuclear communities sidelined in just transition debate, even as industry subsidies flow — Energy News Network The town of Zion, Illinois, went into an economic spiral after the sudden closure of a nuclear power plant 25 years ago. Read Now at Great Lakes Now.

  • No federal aid to restart Michigan nuclear power plant
    by The Associated Press on November 21, 2022 at 5:00 pm

    COVERT, Mich. (AP) — The federal government has turned down a request for financial aid to restart a nuclear power plant in southwestern Michigan, the owner said. Holtec International said it was notified Friday by the U.S. Energy Department. The Palisades plant along Lake Michigan, formerly owned by Entergy, was shut down last spring after generating electricity for more than 50 years. 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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