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Waves of Change

A digital series highlighting the diverse people and perspectives shaping the environmental justice landscape throughout the Great Lakes.

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Points North: Copper Country’s Conundrum
- by Interlochen Public Radio

Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is Copper Country. Some see copper mining as an economic boon for the region, but others worry it could come at the cost of some of the Great Lakes’ most pristine wild spaces.

Audit finds mix of successes, problems with Great Lakes restoration grants
- by Bridge Michigan

The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative has improved conditions in polluted lakes and rivers, but sometimes failed to deliver on environmental justice goals.

Millions sweating it out as heat wave nears peak from Midwest to Maine
- by The Associated Press

A heat wave extending from the Midwest to New England moved closer to a breaking point Thursday, with millions of people sweating it out for another day.

Energy News Roundup: Great Lakes shipping industry says it could use decarbonization funding too

Catch the latest in Great Lakes energy news in Great Lakes Now’s biweekly headline roundup.

Heat Islands in the Great Lakes: Community, infrastructure and fresh water solutions

Heat is becoming a threat in cities everywhere. Here is the second half of our two-part series which looks at the connection between heat and health, the role water plays, what’s being done, and where these cities have room to improve.

Reef Rescue and Wild Edibles
- by Mila Murray

Cleaning up toxins caused by copper mining, and foraging for Great Lakes wild foods.

Why some municipalities are looking at putting solar panels on water
- by Michigan Public

Floating solar panels are somewhat new in the U.S. In some places, the competition for land makes putting solar panel on plastic rafts feasible.

Canada-U.S. mayors want to tap Great Lakes region’s water for economic transformation
- by Gary Wilson, Great Lakes Now

“Sustainable prosperity” and innovation are key to mayors’ 10-year plan. Expert says economic transition from the Rust Belt era is more appropriate, cautions “today’s abundance may be tomorrow’s drought.”

I Speak for the Fish: What’s a true bass?

White bass are like freshwater wolves: elusive, with a love of wide open spaces and killer teamwork.