Traverse City Natural Resources Going Fast

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Michigan's use of energy, land and natural resources is growing a lot faster than its population.

That's the conclusion of a report issued today by two environmental groups: the National Wildlife Federation and the Center for Environment and Population.

They say environmental damage is caused by more than just runaway population growth. Choices made by individuals and communities make a difference, too.

The report says Michigan's population grew about 12 percent over the past 30 years. But the number of households grew more than three times as much.

That means more land development and pollution. But people can limit the damage by building houses in clusters, using mass transit and making other environmentally conscious decisions.