Climate change could reshape Michigan’s economy

Climate change could drive economic changes in Michigan, particularly in agriculture, manufacturing and energy, researchers who study climate change issues say. But those changes — at least in the short term — are likely to be shaped in part by the incoming Trump administration. During the campaign, President-elect Donald Trump threatened to pull the United States out of the Paris climate agreement. In an interview with “Fox News Sunday” on Dec. 11, Trump said he’s open-mined about whether climate change exists, but also said, “Nobody really knows.”

“The conversation about climate change in Washington will be very different now,” said Michael Jones, a Michigan State University fisheries and wildlife professor who studies the efforts of climate change on fisheries in the Great Lakes..

Climate change could make rain and snow unpredictable in Michigan, scientists say, which could affect agriculture, insects and ski slopes.

Researchers: Climate change debate will effect Michigan

The consequences could be severe for Michigan, researchers who study climate change say. Levels of precipitation are likely to become imbalanced, leading to more droughts and floods, making farming more risky and causing insect populations to swell, said Michael Libbee, the director of Michigan Geographic Alliance and professor at Central Michigan University. There likely will be a tick infestation, which will affect hunters, and snowfall may decrease, leaving snowmobilers and skiers out of luck. A 2016 survey of Americans by Muhlenberg College and the University of Michigan found nearly two-thirds believe there is solid evidence of climate change. But 19 percent of those survey said they were unsure and 15 percent said there is no solid evidence.

Campus incidents spur debate about guns

On a chilly February morning in 2014, a man with a gun walked into Bessey Hall, a classroom building near the center of Michigan State University’s campus. The incident was quickly reported to police, who sent an alert to every cellphone on campus warning of a possible shooter. “We were all so ill-prepared,” said Jack Ritchey, an MSU student inside Bessey that day. “The only thing we thought to do was barricade the door. Some people were genuinely afraid, others weren’t taking the threat seriously.”

The incident turned out to be a misunderstanding — an ROTC student had carried an exposed training weapon into the building — but it highlights a problem facing college campuses.

Despite effort to loosen East Lansing rules, pot still illegal for those older than 21

East Lansing joined a growing number of cities seeking to lesson penalties for marijuana use, but the city’s efforts left out a large block of people: Anyone older than 21. But those local laws only apply to people under 21. A restriction in the city’s charter prevents it from setting any rules for marijuana use for those 21 and up. That means police are likely to look to state law — which still bans the use of marijuana.