Published January 7, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — A new ordinance that was scheduled to be introduced at the Jan. 11 township Board of Trustees meeting would put regulations on businesses looking to explore for gas and oil in West Bloomfield.

The ordinance would put restrictions on how businesses could go about exploring for gas and oil. The measure is designed to protect the health and safety of the township’s residents, according to Township Supervisor Michele Economou Ureste.

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Published January 6, 2016

PARIS — On Dec. 12, 195 countries from across the globe signed off on a pact, known as the Paris Agreement, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and try to keep global warming below 2 degrees Celsius by 2100. Each nation made its own pledge and was left to decide to bring down emissions internally.

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Published December 23, 2015

ROCHESTER HILLS — A new long-term management plan aims to control invasive species, restore natural habitats and improve public access in city-owned green space.  

In 2005, voters approved a 0.3-mill, 10-year tax to acquire and preserve green space. In 2013, voters approved revising permissible use of the millage revenues to provide stewardship — including the protection, care and maintenance of green space and to improve pedestrian accessibility.

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Published December 21, 2015

SOUTHFIELD — It might look like a regular old parking lot when it’s done, but there will be a lot going on under the surface.

Construction began Dec. 17 on parking lot D at Lawrence Technological University, 21000 W. 10 Mile Road, to install an innovative drainage system, which utilizes new green technology called energy-passive groundwater recharge products.

The school is one of the first in the nation to test the drainage system.

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Published December 2, 2015

This year’s El Niño event is one of the strongest in recorded history, and researchers believe it is increasing the likelihood of a winter that is both warmer and drier than usual.

El Niño is a periodic natural occurrence where warm water cycles around in the Pacific Ocean and reaches the surface. The increase in sea surface temperatures in turn impacts how storms and air pressure regions form and impacts global weather patterns — typically in the Northern Hemisphere’s winter months.

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Published December 2, 2015

Water levels in most of the Great Lakes are expected to stay at or above the long-term average over the next six months, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Army Corps of Engineers.

Water levels have rebounded after more than a decade of being at near-record lows the past two years, according to NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Lab hydrologist Drew Gronewald. With the exception of Lake Ontario, they are all currently seasonally above the long-term average. That average was compiled using data from 1918 through 2014.

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Published November 18, 2015

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Nov. 9 announced that it is providing $20 million in new funding for major Great Lakes Restoration Initiative projects in the Clinton River Area of Concern (AOC).

Senior Advisor to the EPA Administrator Cameron Davis was joined by U.S. Rep. Sander Levin, D-Royal Oak; U.S. Rep. Candice Miller, R-Harrison Township; and representatives of the grantees outside Harbor Club South Apartments near the Clinton River spillway, which connects the two congressional districts.

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Published November 16, 2015

The recent Canadian election saw the Liberal Party come to power with new ministers and officials, but the government has not yet announced plans to change its timetable for a decision on the proposed Kincardine nuclear waste site near Lake Huron.

“Essentially, we do have a new minister of the environment as of Nov. 4, and the status of the environmental assessment is that the decision is due Dec. 2,” said Lucille Jamault, communications manager from the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency.

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Published November 11, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — Diane Wilks, of Rochester Hills, has been going to Independence Oaks Park in Clarkston for years. The vast natural space is special to her for more than a few reasons.

“It’s just one of my favorite places; it’s awesome. I was going through a hard time years ago, and my boyfriend at the time would take me to that park to go on walks,” said Wilks. “Later, he proposed to me there, and we’ve been married to this day.”

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