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Q&A with Dan Wyant, Director of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality

.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a new proposed rule under the Clean Air Act that will regulate carbon emissions from new and existing power plants. The rules require states to reduce their overall carbon emissions to 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030. Targets for carbon reduction vary by state based on a formula that takes into account recent emissions, a state’s ability to shift to natural gas as a fuel for power plants, and expected retirements of coal-fired power plants. States can determine how they will meet their requirements, and have until June 30, 2016, to submit plans.

Because it falls under the Clean Air Act, Michigan’s response to the law will be led by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. Our partner Bright Ideasrecently spoke with Dan Wyant, director of the MDEQ, on how the agency will coordinate the state’s response to these new rules.

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Thunder Bay and Region – Severe Thunder Storm Watch

Environment Canada has issued a Severe thunderstorm watch in effect for the City of Thunder Bay. The threatened weather has also lead to the Lakehead Region Conservation Authority issuing a Flood Outlook for the region.

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Raising beef is by far the worst for environment, study finds

Raising beef for the American dinner table does far more damage to the environment than producing pork, poultry, eggs or dairy, a new study says.

Compared with the other animal proteins, beef produces five times more heat-trapping gases per calorie, puts out six times as much water-polluting nitrogen, takes 11 times more water for irrigation and uses 28 times the land, according to the study, published Monday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Sports Direct tycoon Mike Ashley leaves controversial bonus scheme

Sports Direct tycoon Mike Ashley has bowed to pressure from the City and withdrawn his controversial participation in the firm’s bonus scheme, only a fortnight after winning shareholder approval.

Sports Direct shareholders passed a bonus plan this month that would give £200m in shares to 3,000 permanent staff, including Ashley, if earnings double by 2019. It was Sports Direct’s fourth attempt to push through a big payout for its billionaire founder, who owns 58% of the company, and is deputy chairman.

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The New Bionic Sports of the Future Transhumanist Olympics

A quiet revolution is happening in competitive sports. Some futurists think that in just decades, humans will sprint faster than horses, people will shoot guns with near-perfect accuracy using bionic eyes, and athletes will swim entire races without taking a breath.

Already, untainted urine samples have become as essential to top runners as their shoes. Brainy engineers have become as necessary to cyclists as their bikes. And the precise carbohydrate/protein ratio in meals consumed by swimmers the night before racing the 400-meter individual medley has become as important as flip turns.

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How to integrate content marketing with your traditional marketing

As content marketing continues to grow in popularity, a question being asked more and more is “should I replace my traditional marketing with content marketing?” The short answer is no.

This comes from a guy that has been preaching the gospel of content marketing for a while now. It’s easy to pile onto the idea that print, radio, and even TV are on their way out as marketing platforms – but if they are effective, you shouldn’t give them up. Instead, rephrase that question to ask “how can I integrate content marketing into what I’m already doing?”

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