More than 150 scientists, including professors from Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, have signed a letter to Congress, calling on Michigan lawmakers to resist attempts to weaken the EPA’s authority to regulate greenhouse gases.
The letter asks lawmakers to reject any measure to block or delay the EPA from protecting people from air pollution and human-induced climate change. The scientists assert that efforts to dilute the EPA’s authority will put health, agriculture, the environment and the economy at risk.
According to Stephen Hamilton, a professor from Michigan State University, each year of delay on greenhouse gas regulation commits the US to years worth of severe effects on the climate.
A recent statewide poll showed that Michigan voters support the EPA’s authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from large industrial sources.
Spring officially starts on March 20. It’s time to round up your gardening supplies and ideas.
Using native plants in your yard and gardens can help conserve water. And natives also attract beneficial insects, according to the Saginaw Basin Land Conservancy.
Experts at Michigan State University have created a website on native plants, which explains which ones to choose.
The site lists 26 of the best Michigan native perennials for attracting beneficial insects.
What are beneficial insects? Bug that eat other insects, and provide natural pest control in your garden. These natural enemies are attracted to flowering plants, like many native Michigan varieties.
There’s a new development in the fight against invasive species in the Great Lakes.
A settlement has been announced between the EPA and conservation organizations including the National Wildlife Federation and the Alliance for the Great Lakes.
The bottom line: the EPA will be required to create a new permit system that regulates ballast water discharges from commercial vessels based on numeric limits.
Invasive species introduced to the lakes via ballast water include the zebra mussel and spiny water flea.
The settlement requires the EPA to complete scientific reviews of steps that ships should take to prevent the introduction of more invasives to the lakes.
The hope is that the agreement will prompt the EPA to treat so-called living pollution as aggressively as oil spills and toxic releases. Ships will be required to adopt technologies to treat their ballast water.
A draft of the new permit is due by November 2011. Ship owners will have until December 2013 to comply with the new standards.
The NRDC has more info.