Michigan climate change


Gretchen Whitmer vows action on climate. Here’s how warming hurts Michigan.

January 9, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

Rising temperatures are impacting Michigan’s roads, sewers, forests and farms, a landmark federal report warns. Gretchen Whitmer promises to create an office dedicated to solutions.

New Midwest governors spur hope for regional fight against climate change

January 9, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

Several states elected governors who vow action against warming temperatures, prompting some to wonder whether the Midwestern Greenhouse Gas Reduction Accord could see a revival.

These Michigan nuns are fighting climate change, one light bulb at a time

January 9, 2019 | Andy Balaskovitz

Concluding that climate change is violence upon the Earth, the Adrian Dominican Sisters have poured efficiency savings into renewable energy.

Michigan environment roundup: Climate change spells trouble for Midwest farmers

November 28, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

The latest can’t-miss journalism about Michigan’s natural resources.

Bill Schuette and Gretchen Whitmer take different tacks to climate change

October 23, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

Bill Schuette says Michigan must “better understand the science,” while Gretchen Whitmer promises an Office of Climate Change and partnerships with other governors to curb greenhouse gas emissions.

Schuette goes to bat for ExxonMobil; brief calls climate change ‘unsettled science’

September 4, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

Last month, the Michigan attorney general signed a court filing in support of energy giant that claims debate about global warming is still ‘raging’ among scientists. Spoiler alert: It’s not.

Climate change brings risks, opportunity to ‘Pure Michigan’

September 4, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

A climate scientist sees reason for optimism as Michigan and the world grapples with a hotter, more extreme climate.

How long can Great Lakes fend off thirsty world from water diversions?

September 4, 2018 | Ron Seeley

A 2008 interstate compact prevents distant dry places from siphoning off Great Lakes water. But will the agreement hold up in the face of growing demand?

Floods test mettle in Michigan’s UP. Waiting for relief tests patience.

August 14, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

Yoopers are doing it themselves, digging out after the worst flooding in more than a generation. But money is running out, and folks are getting tired of waiting for emergency relief assistance.

Flooding, bacteria prompt mass beach closures throughout U.P., Michigan

July 24, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

A month after the catastrophic floods, advisories or closures remain in place at 17 beaches in Michigan's Western Upper Peninsula where high levels of bacteria have been detected.

Opinion: Why climate change matters to Michigan

May 17, 2016 | Jim Lax

We need to reduce greenhouse gases now so that major environmental and economic catastrophes can be averted. Michigan, with its tradition of conservation and environmental awareness, should be at the forefront.