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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  • Michigan plastics company forced to probe PFAS contamination, cover costs
    by Bridge Michigan on January 31, 2023 at 6:10 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.

  • Road Salt, A Stealthy Pollutant, Is Damaging Michigan Waters
    by Circle of Blue on January 27, 2023 at 7:00 pm

    By Brett Walton, Circle of Blue This is the first story in a series of reports from the Great Lakes News Collaborative that will investigate contemporary water pollution challenges in the Great Lakes region. Called Refresh, the series will explore the shortcomings in the Clean Water Act and how Michigan and other Great Lakes states can more completely address water pollution in the next 50 years. Read Now at Great Lakes Now.

  • Energy News Roundup: Gas stove debate, electric vehicle expansion
    by Kathy Johnson on January 26, 2023 at 7:00 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 ComEd seeks record-high $1.5 billion rate hike over next 4 years — Chicago Sun-Times ComEd says that’s the cost of bolstering the region’s electric grid in a statewide effort to phase out carbon emissions and to protect the system from severe weather damage that’s becoming more common due to climate change. Read Now at Great Lakes Now.

  • Book chronicles human, water connection from nomadic to modern times
    by Gary Wilson on January 26, 2023 at 5:00 pm

    If you want to peg the date when humans began the trek to modernity facilitated by a relationship to water, start 10,000 years ago, says Giulio Boccaletti, author of Water: A Biography. That’s when nomads became settlers, began farming and their existence started to depend on rivers and streams. The book continues through the millennia to modern times when America constructed the Hoover Dam and created the Tennessee Valley Authority which Boccaletti says “became a model for the world.” Boccaletti is a scientist and an honorary research associate at the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment at University of Oxford. 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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