Energy & The Environment

Watch the last Wednesday of every month at 7:30pm ET on DPTV channel 56.1.

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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  • Drinking Water News Roundup: Lead levels increase in Flint water, businesses sued over water contamination concerns
    by Tynnetta Harris on August 5, 2022 at 7:00 pm

    From lead pipes to PFAS, drinking water contamination is a major issue plaguing cities and towns all around the Great Lakes. Cleaning up contaminants and providing safe water to everyone is an ongoing public health struggle. Keep up with drinking water-related developments in the Great Lakes area. Click on the headline to read the full story:   Illinois: Sludge containing forever chemicals spread on Illinois farmland – Chicago Tribune Sewage sludge is contaminating thousands of acres of northeast Illinois farmland with toxic “forever chemicals,” a Chicago Tribune investigation found. Read Now at Great Lakes Now.

  • Get personal with Lake Erie and walleye on a kayak
    by James Proffitt on August 5, 2022 at 2:00 pm

    Chuck Earls knows a couple things: kayaks and walleye. And that’s the perfect combination for Cleveland-based Lake Erie Kayak Fishing Guided Adventures — not just a charter service and not just a kayak rental company. It’s kind of something in the middle. Earls is the first Lake Erie kayak guide licensed by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Read Now at Great Lakes Now.

  • Anger, uncertainty and a race for answers in Huron River chromium spill
    by Bridge Michigan on August 4, 2022 at 6:00 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.

  • Episode 2207 Lesson Plans: Superior Salamanders
    by Gary Abud Jr. on August 4, 2022 at 4:00 pm

    This lesson will explore the phenomenon of salamander migration — across a main road — in Presque Isle Park near Lake Superior and the efforts to protect the population from the effects of human activity. Students will learn about the salamander migration, including the unique female-only population, to vernal pools. 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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