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Marquette girds for climate change in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

Marquette girds for climate change in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

November 11, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

Marquette may become a destination as high heat and drought drive folks from southern communities more vulnerable to a shifting climate. But it still faces challenges — from intensifying rains to disease-carrying pests.

Old mines, perilous drains in Michigan’s Copper Country, which now eyes a fix

Old mines, perilous drains in Michigan’s Copper Country, which now eyes a fix

November 11, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

Epic floods devastated Michigan’s western Upper Peninsula. Foundations are now stepping in to fix a unique vulnerability: century-old drainage systems — built by mining companies — that sat neglected after mines shuttered and towns shrank.

As climate change threatens Midwest cultural identity, cities explore how to adapt

As climate change threatens Midwest cultural identity, cities explore how to adapt

November 11, 2019 | Dan Gearino

The spring floods were just the latest wake-up call as global warming raises the risks for everything from ice fishing to growing seasons.

Opinion | Bipartisan hope emerging on climate change

Opinion | Bipartisan hope emerging on climate change

October 29, 2019 | Mark Reynolds, Richard Barron

It seems Republicans and Democrats are coming together for the good of our planet. National pricing on carbon offers promising common ground.

Michigan environment roundup: Judge bars public from Wolverine World Wide PFAS hearing

Michigan environment roundup: Judge bars public from Wolverine World Wide PFAS hearing

October 29, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

The latest can’t-miss journalism about natural resources in Michigan and the Great Lakes.

DTE Energy vows ‘net zero’ on carbon emissions for electric business by 2050

DTE Energy vows ‘net zero’ on carbon emissions for electric business by 2050

September 26, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

 DTE Electric Co., the state’s largest power provider, said it hopes other utilities will pursue similar goals to slow the earth’s warming from greenhouse gases. The plan drew praise and some skepticism

Rising waters of Lake Michigan assault Grand Traverse coast. In photos.

Rising waters of Lake Michigan assault Grand Traverse coast. In photos.

August 28, 2019 | John L. Russell

Vanishing beaches. Swamped piers. Snapped concrete. Near-record high waters battered the scenic peninsula from Traverse City to Leland.

Michigan environment roundup: State says Flint is violating Safe Drinking Water Act

Michigan environment roundup: State says Flint is violating Safe Drinking Water Act

August 26, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

The latest can’t-miss journalism about natural resources in Michigan and the Great Lakes.

Opinion | Let’s all make Michigan a leader in addressing climate change

Opinion | Let’s all make Michigan a leader in addressing climate change

August 22, 2019 | Gerry Anderson

Responding to a guest commentary by the Sierra Club, the chairman of DTE Energy says the power company is doing its part to battle climate change.

Climate change could bring woe to Michigan’s lakes, farms, forests

Climate change could bring woe to Michigan’s lakes, farms, forests

July 16, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

More than heat, unchecked climate change could worsen crop yields, infrastructure and air pollution. Here’s what researchers say could happen in Michigan in coming decades.

Think it’s hot now? Michigan’s 90° days could quadruple in 20 years

Think it’s hot now? Michigan’s 90° days could quadruple in 20 years

July 16, 2019 | Magdalena Mihaylova

Climate change could bring sweltering, dangerous summers to the Midwest, a new report warns, with 34 days per year above 90° if nothing is done. Kalamazoo, Benton Harbor and Monroe would be the hottest.

Opinion | Climate change drives shifts between high, low Great Lakes water levels

Opinion | Climate change drives shifts between high, low Great Lakes water levels

June 5, 2019 | Drew Gronewold, Richard B. Rood

Great Lakes are in ‘uncharted territory,’ as climate change prompts sudden lurches in water levels, two University of Michigan professors write.

Surging Great Lakes water levels shrink beaches, flood docks in Michigan

Surging Great Lakes water levels shrink beaches, flood docks in Michigan

June 5, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

A few years after record lows, Lakes Erie, St. Clair and Superior broke records for average water heights in May

Michigan shrinks credits for rooftop solar, clouding industry’s future

Michigan shrinks credits for rooftop solar, clouding industry’s future

May 20, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

In a battle over fairness and who controls Michigan’s renewable energy future, utilities successfully pushed state lawmakers and regulators to lower compensation for rooftop solar owners who add electricity grid.

Consumers Energy chief sees solar future in Michigan

Consumers Energy chief sees solar future in Michigan

May 20, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

Amid shifting economics and concerns about climate change, Michigan’s biggest energy utility vows to slash carbon dioxide emissions 90 percent by 2040 — without building any new natural gas plants.

Michigan environment roundup: Great Lakes water levels could break records

Michigan environment roundup: Great Lakes water levels could break records

May 20, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

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

As the earth warms, Midwest searches to cut greenhouse gas

As the earth warms, Midwest searches to cut greenhouse gas

May 20, 2019 | Jack Cushman

From farmers cutting manure to changes in the transportation industry, folks are looking for changes large and small as the climate changes.

Less skiing, thinner ice, canceled fests. Michigan adapts to climate change

Less skiing, thinner ice, canceled fests. Michigan adapts to climate change

February 28, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

The last few weeks notwithstanding, winters are warming, changing Pure Michigan and forcing those who rely on snow and cold to get creative.

Warming temps mean many Michigan lakes won’t freeze in coming years

Warming temps mean many Michigan lakes won’t freeze in coming years

February 28, 2019 | Jim Malewitz, Mike Wilkinson

Climate change means that inland lakes in much of the Lower Peninsula may not regularly freeze during winter, endangering the ecosystem and a way of life.

Opinion | Michigan can, and should, be a leader in addressing climate change

Opinion | Michigan can, and should, be a leader in addressing climate change

February 20, 2019 | Kate Madigan

Michigan can’t throw up its hands and say it can’t make a difference in something as big as climate change. But we need to do our part.

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