great lakes

10 Cities That Could Be Climate Havens in the U.S.

10 Cities That Could Be Climate Havens in the U.S.

Florida is sinking. The Western states are drying out and catching fire. Is there anywhere in the U.S. that will still make a good home as the climate crisis continues?    The answer is yes. There are cities referred to as “climate havens” because they are located in areas less likely to suffer from extreme weather […]

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    Should Nature Be Given Rights Enshrined in Law?

    Should Nature Be Given Rights Enshrined in Law?

    “We see ourselves not as an owner of wild rice but a symbiotic partner and a parallel entity from the Creator,” says Frank Bibeau, a lawyer from the Anishinaabe indigenous group in the U.S. and Canada. Harvesters use flailing sticks to beat the wild rice — or manoomin, by its Anishinaabe name — and release […]

    Great Lakes Flooding: The Warning Signs That Homes Must Be Moved

    Great Lakes Flooding: The Warning Signs That Homes Must Be Moved

    By Daniel Macfarlane Every fall, I take my environmental studies class camping at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore on Lake Michigan. Some years the beach extends more than three meters to the water. This year, in many spots, there was no beach at all. The story is the same throughout the Great Lakes. During my […]

    Our Complicated Relationship With Plastic: 5 Essential Reads

    Our Complicated Relationship With Plastic: 5 Essential Reads

    By Martin LaMonica From its arrival decades ago, plastic has transformed modern life. But in 2018, the alarm over the plastic pollution crisis sounded louder than ever. On Earth Day, the United Nations issued its first State of Plastics report, calling for more recycling and better ways to manufacture and manage the material in its […]

    Controversial Michigan Pipeline Tunnel Given Final Approval

    Controversial Michigan Pipeline Tunnel Given Final Approval

    A controversial plan to dig a tunnel under the Great Lakes in order to replace aging oil and natural gas pipelines was given the final go-ahead Wednesday, Crain’s Detroit reported. The Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority, created just last week by outgoing Gov. Rick Snyder, approved a deal between the state of Michigan and the Canadian […]

    Environmental Changes Are Killing the Livelihood of Great Lakes Fishermen

    Environmental Changes Are Killing the Livelihood of Great Lakes Fishermen

    By Corey Mintz There’s nothing in the fridge at Akiwenzie’s Fish & More processing facility. The 918-square-foot building, adjacent to Natasha and Andrew Akiwenzie’s house on the shores of Georgian Bay, Ontario, sits empty and dark. Out-front, gill nets lie on the ground, unused for months. When these tore during fishing, Andrew Akiwenzie used to […]

    Michigan Gov. Signs Bill to Keep Line 5 Pipeline Flowing

    Michigan Gov. Signs Bill to Keep Line 5 Pipeline Flowing

    Michigan’s outgoing Gov. Rick Snyder signed legislation on Wednesday that creates a new government authority to oversee a proposed oil tunnel in the Straits of Mackinac to effectively allow Canadian oil to keep flowing through the Great Lakes. The controversial tunnel will encase a replacement segment for Enbridge Energy’s aging Line 5 pipelines that run […]