CMU's News Central 34 and Central Michigan Life teamed up to investigate the impact of climate change on our planet and in our Isabella County community.

This past fall, 2017 tied the year 2011 for the most billion-dollar disasters – 15 – that have occurred in America between January and September. Since 1980, America has sustained 218 climate and extreme weather events that caused $1 billion in damage per storm. That total doesn't include the estimated $200 billion in damage caused by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.  

Last summer Mount Pleasant became one of those storm statistics. On average, the city of Mount Pleasant receives about 32 inches of precipitation per year. On the evening of June 22, it received 6.5 inches in less than 20 hours. The storm that struck the Mid-Michigan area caused $100 million in damage to agriculture, roadways, private property and parks in Isabella, Midland, Gladwin and Bay counties. Central Michigan University alone had more than $6 million of damage to its Student Activity Center. 

While Mid-Michigan is still repairing flood damage, student broadcasters and journalists from News Central 34 and Central Michigan Life have been busy investigating how changes in global temperature and climate are causing more "extreme weather" events.  

Conclusions resulting from in-depth interviews with meteorology and biology professionals can be found in a series of broadcasts, podcasts and feature articles.   See links below. 

 

LINKS:

-News Central 34 broadcasts:  www.bit.ly/1LQGBGj

(See 12/4 and 12/5/17 broadcasts for features.)

-Central Michigan Life feature article:  http://www.cm-life.com/article/2017/12/cmu-climate


News Central 34 is a live daily news broadcast aired on Channel 189 off-campus and on Channel 26.2 on CMU's campus and is led by faculty advisor, Rick Sykes of CMU's School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts.  Central Michigan Life is published and distributed twice a week (Monday and Thursday, updated daily at cm-life.com) and is led by adviser, Dave Clark.  Both News Central 34 and Central Michigan Life are also distributed through electronic and social media channels.  

 

Student contributors:   

Zahra Ahmad, Science Reporter, Central Michigan Life 

Justin Bradford/Meteorologist, News Central 34 

Jordyn Hermani/Editor in Chief, Central Michigan Life 

Zach Huffman/Graduate Assistant, News Central 34 

Ian Komarzec/Videographer, News Central 34 

Mitchell Kukulka, Assistant Community Editor, Central Michigan Life 

Dana Whyte/ Field Producer, News Central 34