Advocates look to labs for replacements for farm-raised meats

MEAT REPLACEMENT: The food industry may be getting closer to introducing lab-grown, or cultured meat created by feeding nutrients to animal cells taken from poultry or livestock. Advocates see it as a possible solution to the environmental impacts of raising animals for meat. We hear from an MSU food expert and a vegetarian. For news and food sections. By Jonus Cottrell. FOR MICHIGAN FARM NEWS, LANSING CITY PULSE AND ALL POINTS.

Two Michigan Humane employees care for a dog at one of the organization’s facilities. The organization had more than 5,500 adoptions in 2020.

Pandemic creates challenges, opportunities for animal shelters

ANIMAL SHELTERS: As the COVID-19 pandemic closed animal shelters to the public, Metro Detroit pet rescue and adoption organizations had to come up with new ways to connect their dogs and cats to families. How did they do it? We get answers from Michigan Humane based in Bingham Farms, Leuk’s Landing near Ann Arbor and Oakland County Animal Shelter and Pet Adoption Center in Pontiac. By Danneisha McDole. FOR DETROIT AND ALL POINTS.

Stay-at-home Michigan residents used 5% less juice in 2020

ELECTRICITY USE: Meetings at home, virtual classes, computers running, lights on, heat or air conditioning cranked up, it may feel like 2020 was the year of using more energy. But Michigan’s total energy consumption dropped 5% compared to 2019, 1% more than the national average decline, the Energy Information Administration reports. Because people stayed home during the pandemic, residential energy consumption increased 7%, but industrial consumption dropped 16% and commercial dropped 6%. The Public Service Commission chair and Consumers Energy discuss. By Taylor Haelterman. FOR GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, CORP! AND ALL POINTS.

Scientist describes first documented meteotsunami in the Great Lakes.

GREAT LAKES METEOTSUNAMI: Large waves from Lake Michigan struck Ludington on April 13, 2018, in the first documented case of a meteotsunami in the Great Lakes. That event provides an opportunity for scientists to better understand and forecast such events. Will meteotsunamis become more frequent in the summer due to climate change and to assess their danger to the ecosystem by increasing erosion and releasing contaminants from sediments? An expert at the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory in Ann Arbor explains. By Brandon Chew. FOR LUDINGTON, OCEANA, BENZIE, HOLLAND, ALCONA, TRAVERSE CITY, HARBOR SPRINGS, LEELANAU, PETOSKEY, CHEBOYGAN, ST. IGNACE, SAULT STE. MARIE, MONROE, MARQUETTE AND ALL POINTS.

Michigan offers funds for alternative energy vehicles

CLEAN VEHICLES: Michigan is spending $30 million to help public agencies and private businesses buy low-emission freight trucks, buses, tugboats and cargo handling equipment. Beneficiaries of the program can choose electric, alternative fuel or new diesel models. The Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy, Clean Fuels Michigan based in Lansing and Mass Transportation Authority of Flint and Genesee County and the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority.explain. By Kyle Davidson. FOR GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, DETROIT, CORP! AND ALL POINTS.

Overdose surveillance system helps fight opiod deaths, experts say.

OPIOIDS: A 2-year-old surveillance system is tracking opioid overdose incidents and deaths in Michigan so health professionals can work to mitigate the problem in high-risk areas. The hardest-hit counties are Calhoun, Wayne, Ingham, Genesee and Muskegon. We hear from U-M and Health & Human Services experts and the Detroit Recovery Project. By Brandon Chew. FOR DETROIT, LANSING CITY PULSE AND ALL POINTS.

Eradajere Oleita displays a sleeping bag made of snack chip bags.

Chip Bag Project turns snack wrappers into sleeping bags

CHIP PROJECT: A 25-year-old immigrant from Nigeria has launched a project in Detroit that makes sleeping bags from foil-lined snack chip bags and gives them to people who live outdoors. Each sleeping bag requires at least150 chip bags and can take up to four hours to complete. Eradajere Oleita’s project has expanded into a team of millennials who collect donations and create more sleeping bags. By Asha Dawsey. FOR ALL POINTS.

Mass layoffs reveal need for guaranteed severance, advocates say

GUARANTEED SEVERANCE PACKAGE: Large employers that lay off their employees would be liable for severance pay under legislation to be introduced by a Dearborn lawmaker. The proposal comes in the wake of mass layoffs by Art Van Furniture, which had been acquired by an equity firm, and Toys R Us. We talk to affected ex-employees from Warren and Ypsilanti. For news and business pages. By Kristia Postema. FOR GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, CORP!, DETROIT, LANSING CITY PULSE AND ALL POINTS.

East Kentwood High School students compete in the first round of the 2019 StateChamps! Esports Tournament at Lawrence Tech University.

Schools give video games new legitimacy with growing esports leagues

ESPORTS: With interest buoyed during the pandemic, a growing number of high schools are getting in on the fun of esports, giving more legitimacy to video games. More than 50 are registered with the Michigan High School Esports Federation, joining over 170 U.S. colleges and universities with varsity esports programs – including 18 in the state. We talk to leaders from the Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance in Freeland, Lawrence Tech and Detroit Catholic Central High School. By Nora Mougharbel. FOR DETROIT AND ALL POINTS.