A Watershed Moment: Michigan’s (Un)Expected Warm Winter

On today’s episode we hear from WMEAC journalist Jerel Domer as he introduces the research he and fellow journalist Scott Kaplan have done on the perspectives local meteorologists have on global warming. “This [winter] is on its way to being the warmest winter that Michigan has had since 1932,” reports Jerel. The cause of this warm weather is often blamed on global warming and climate change. The existence of global warming is an ongoing debate even amongst experts, but climate change is anoth

Asking the weather experts: Is warm winter evidence of climate change? | The Rapidian

To date, this has been West Michigan’s second warmest winter on record since 1932. As we all know, a lot has happened since then in the way of CFC emmissions and greenhouse gas increases. This year's unseasonably warm temperatures and below average snowfall beg the question, "why is this happening?" Could this have anything to do with climate change or does the weather just do strange things sometimes? Local meteorologists have varying perspectives on the issue but most agree on some level that

The Rowster Experience

Rowster is an unusual coffee shop, even by coffee shop standards. Usually, when you walk into a locally owned Grand Rapids café, whether it’s The Kava House, Sparrows, or The Bitter End, you have some idea of what to expect; you know it won’t look like everywhere else, but you also expect it to conform to ordinary coffee shop standards: soft, ambient lighting, hip baristas, walls adorned with eclectic artwork, and classic indie-alternative tunes floating quietly over people’s heads as they hunch over their textbooks and laptops. Against these typical features, Rowster stands out like an engineering student in the art department.

The Future of the Country: Zombies? A Closer Look at College Students' Sleeping Habits

I have always thought that when it comes to small talk, the weather is easily the most popular subject, but while I was in college it occurred to me that it might finally have been surpassed by the topic of sleep deprivation. By my senior year, it seemed like one out of every three conversations I got into with people on campus - on the path on the way to class, in the library, in bathrooms, etc. - followed this pattern: “Hey, how are you?” “I'm fine. Tired.” “Oh my God, me too. I’m so tired.” “Late night?” “Yeah. I had to write a twenty-thousand-page paper so I only got two hours of sleep.” “Only two hours? Man, I would kill for that kind of sleep…” This is slightly hyperbolic, but the point stands: College students need to get better sleep.

Rain barrel season is here | The Rapidian

April showers bring more than flowers: They also bring stormwater runoff, the largest source of water pollution in West Michigan and the Great Lakes. Contaminated sediments that are deposited in lakes and rivers are difficult if not impossible to clean up, and these sediment deposits are often the result of storm water runoff. Grand Rapids residents Ken and Gail Heffner are watershed experts and have been utilizing a solution to this problem to great effect: rain barrels. The scenario, as Mr.

Calvin College to host native plant sale | The Rapidian

The idea of going "local" has been all the rage in recent years, applying to food, goods, and services. But what about local plants? On May 5, Calvin College will host its annual Native Plant Sale. This is an opportunity for residents to reap the benefits of plants that are native to the Grand Rapids area. Biology professor Dave Warners, who coordinates the sale, said the annual event grew from a project he started with one of his classes. “If you buy native plants commercially they’re very ex

Catherine's Health Center awarded LEED Gold certification | The Rapidian

Catherine’s Health Center, located at 1211 Lafayette in downtown Grand Rapids, has been awarded LEED Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED - Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design - is the USGBC’s rating system for designing and constructing the greenest, most energy-efficient, and high-performing buildings. “Catherine’s Health Center has a long history of stewardship,” said Executive Director Karen Kaashoek. “So it only made sense to approach our new clinic design