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Latest Episodes

The Green Room: PFAS Part V-Policies And Politics

PFAS chemicals are being linked to more and more serious health problems. But still, it’s legal to use them in the U.S., with minor exceptions. And they can be imported from other countries. Manufacturers are not required to make the public aware of PFAS content in their products. Consequently, consumers are pretty much in the dark. In the fifth of our 5-part series on PFAS, we look at policies and perspectives on where we are, and we can go from here.

15 MIN2019 NOV 26
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The Green Room: PFAS Part V-Policies And Politics

The Green Room: PFAS Part IV-Prevention

The chemical bonds of PFAS substances are virtually indestructible. That makes their complete disposal hard, if not impossible. Meanwhile, their usefulness to industry makes them hard to give up. This is a growing problem, because PFAS are associated with serious health issues. In the fourth of this five-part “Green Room” series on PFAS, we look at the challenges and opportunities inherent in preventing further spread of PFAS chemicals.

8 MIN2019 OCT 25
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The Green Room: PFAS Part IV-Prevention

The Green Room: PFAS Part III-Places

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are being found across the country in the drinking water of community water supplies, residential wells, schools and daycare centers. Where is it coming from? Factory waste is a major source. These “forever chemicals” don’t break down, and where PFAS-containing waste is dumped, it spreads. In Segment III of 89.1 WEMU's five-part “Green Room” serieson PFAS, we explore a few of these sites.

9 MIN2019 SEP 27
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The Green Room: PFAS Part III-Places

The Green Room: PFAS Part II-PFAS In Products

Over the last half-century, PFAS chemicals have been added to the formulation of innumerable products we use on a daily basis. The manufacture and disposal of these products releases them to our environment, where they can get into our food and water. Unfortunately for us, they can be harmful to our health, and they don’t biodegrade. These “forever chemicals” have become pervasive in our lives.

9 MIN2019 AUG 30
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The Green Room: PFAS Part II-PFAS In Products

The Green Room: PFAS Part I-Health Impacts

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances have been highly valued by industry as useful in a wide variety of products. But, as more studies are conducted and more information comes to light, the more concerns grow. In this first of 89.1 WEMU's five-part series on PFAS, we explore the growing list of health issues associated with PFAS, in " The Green Room."

8 MIN2019 JUL 26
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The Green Room: PFAS Part I-Health Impacts

The Green Room: Our Planet And Our Politics

Everyone wants clean water and clean air, and most agree that human life is dependent on a healthy planet. In this segment of WEMU’s “The Green Room,” we hear about the beginning of the Earth Day movement in Ann Arbor. And we explore possible reasons for the current lack of progress on environmental issues, nationally.

11 MIN2019 MAR 29
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The Green Room: Our Planet And Our Politics

Climate Change Dystopia

Scientific reports about climate change tell us major challenges are not only likely but will happen sooner than we thought. Meanwhile, apocalyptic books and movies are all the rage. In this segment, we explore the current popularity of the dystopian genre.

9 MIN2018 DEC 28
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Climate Change Dystopia

The Green Room: Pipelines-Part 5

According to the Association of Oil Pipelines, pipelines are energy “lifelines." They create jobs, keep costs down, and are the safest way to transport oil and gas. It’s easy to see they currently fuel the American way of life. But there’s disagreement on whether building more pipelines is in our collective best interest.

9 MIN2018 NOV 30
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The Green Room: Pipelines-Part 5

The Green Room: Pipelines-Part 4

“The Green Room” series on pipelines continues. In the previous three segments we discovered the web of underground infrastructure is more complex and extensive than most realize. And, while pipelines are safer than other forms of energy transport, threats to water are high on the list of concerns. Where are the pipeline policy decisions being made? In this segment, we look for “the deciders.”

9 MIN2018 OCT 26
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The Green Room: Pipelines-Part 4

The Green Room: Pipelines-Part 3

As the recent disaster in Massachusetts shows, pipeline problems can cause fatal explosions. But in Michigan, it’s the impact pipelines might have to our increasingly threatened water supplies that is drawing most of the attention. This is the third of our “Green Room” series on pipelines.

9 MIN2018 SEP 28
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The Green Room: Pipelines-Part 3

Latest Episodes

The Green Room: PFAS Part V-Policies And Politics

PFAS chemicals are being linked to more and more serious health problems. But still, it’s legal to use them in the U.S., with minor exceptions. And they can be imported from other countries. Manufacturers are not required to make the public aware of PFAS content in their products. Consequently, consumers are pretty much in the dark. In the fifth of our 5-part series on PFAS, we look at policies and perspectives on where we are, and we can go from here.

15 MIN2019 NOV 26
Comments
The Green Room: PFAS Part V-Policies And Politics

The Green Room: PFAS Part IV-Prevention

The chemical bonds of PFAS substances are virtually indestructible. That makes their complete disposal hard, if not impossible. Meanwhile, their usefulness to industry makes them hard to give up. This is a growing problem, because PFAS are associated with serious health issues. In the fourth of this five-part “Green Room” series on PFAS, we look at the challenges and opportunities inherent in preventing further spread of PFAS chemicals.

8 MIN2019 OCT 25
Comments
The Green Room: PFAS Part IV-Prevention

The Green Room: PFAS Part III-Places

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are being found across the country in the drinking water of community water supplies, residential wells, schools and daycare centers. Where is it coming from? Factory waste is a major source. These “forever chemicals” don’t break down, and where PFAS-containing waste is dumped, it spreads. In Segment III of 89.1 WEMU's five-part “Green Room” serieson PFAS, we explore a few of these sites.

9 MIN2019 SEP 27
Comments
The Green Room: PFAS Part III-Places

The Green Room: PFAS Part II-PFAS In Products

Over the last half-century, PFAS chemicals have been added to the formulation of innumerable products we use on a daily basis. The manufacture and disposal of these products releases them to our environment, where they can get into our food and water. Unfortunately for us, they can be harmful to our health, and they don’t biodegrade. These “forever chemicals” have become pervasive in our lives.

9 MIN2019 AUG 30
Comments
The Green Room: PFAS Part II-PFAS In Products

The Green Room: PFAS Part I-Health Impacts

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances have been highly valued by industry as useful in a wide variety of products. But, as more studies are conducted and more information comes to light, the more concerns grow. In this first of 89.1 WEMU's five-part series on PFAS, we explore the growing list of health issues associated with PFAS, in " The Green Room."

8 MIN2019 JUL 26
Comments
The Green Room: PFAS Part I-Health Impacts

The Green Room: Our Planet And Our Politics

Everyone wants clean water and clean air, and most agree that human life is dependent on a healthy planet. In this segment of WEMU’s “The Green Room,” we hear about the beginning of the Earth Day movement in Ann Arbor. And we explore possible reasons for the current lack of progress on environmental issues, nationally.

11 MIN2019 MAR 29
Comments
The Green Room: Our Planet And Our Politics

Climate Change Dystopia

Scientific reports about climate change tell us major challenges are not only likely but will happen sooner than we thought. Meanwhile, apocalyptic books and movies are all the rage. In this segment, we explore the current popularity of the dystopian genre.

9 MIN2018 DEC 28
Comments
Climate Change Dystopia

The Green Room: Pipelines-Part 5

According to the Association of Oil Pipelines, pipelines are energy “lifelines." They create jobs, keep costs down, and are the safest way to transport oil and gas. It’s easy to see they currently fuel the American way of life. But there’s disagreement on whether building more pipelines is in our collective best interest.

9 MIN2018 NOV 30
Comments
The Green Room: Pipelines-Part 5

The Green Room: Pipelines-Part 4

“The Green Room” series on pipelines continues. In the previous three segments we discovered the web of underground infrastructure is more complex and extensive than most realize. And, while pipelines are safer than other forms of energy transport, threats to water are high on the list of concerns. Where are the pipeline policy decisions being made? In this segment, we look for “the deciders.”

9 MIN2018 OCT 26
Comments
The Green Room: Pipelines-Part 4

The Green Room: Pipelines-Part 3

As the recent disaster in Massachusetts shows, pipeline problems can cause fatal explosions. But in Michigan, it’s the impact pipelines might have to our increasingly threatened water supplies that is drawing most of the attention. This is the third of our “Green Room” series on pipelines.

9 MIN2018 SEP 28
Comments
The Green Room: Pipelines-Part 3
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