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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.

 Enbridge vows to cover costs in ‘unlikely’ case of Michigan Line 5 rupture

Enbridge vows to cover costs in ‘unlikely’ case of Michigan Line 5 rupture

November 6, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

The promise came days after Nessel released a 120-page report raising questions about Enbridge’s financial obligations under a series of agreements that its U.S.-based companies signed with Michigan.

Michigan judge rules Enbridge Line 5 construction is constitutional

Michigan judge rules Enbridge Line 5 construction is constitutional

October 31, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

The victory, which could pave the way for the tunnel plan to proceed, is a setback for Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who halted work on the project in March. Attorney General Dana Nessel released a 120-page report and vowed to appeal.

When residents say ‘no’ to aerial mosquito spraying

When residents say ‘no’ to aerial mosquito spraying

October 29, 2019 | Michael Schulson / Undark

When states use pesticides to slow the spread of insect-borne diseases, should households be allowed to opt out?

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.

Here’s what Gretchen Whitmer’s new PFAS water rules mean for Michigan

Here’s what Gretchen Whitmer’s new PFAS water rules mean for Michigan

October 16, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer last week proposed limits for seven types of the harmful “forever chemicals” that have been found in drinking water supplies. Just four other states have adopted similar regulations.

Michigan environment roundup: Great Lakes water levels may surge higher

Michigan environment roundup: Great Lakes water levels may surge higher

October 16, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

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

Michigan fish fight: Bills would squeeze commercial fishers, help anglers

Michigan fish fight: Bills would squeeze commercial fishers, help anglers

October 14, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

A key point of contention: Should lawmakers give commercial fishing companies access to lake trout, walleye and yellow perch? Advancing legislation would keep those fish off limits, reserving them exclusively for sportfishing.

A U-M researcher gets public’s help tracking deadly balloons in the Great Lakes

A U-M researcher gets public’s help tracking deadly balloons in the Great Lakes

October 14, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

What goes up must come down, and balloon debris is killing wildlife, says Lara O'Brien. She launched a survey in June that’s already found more than 1,000 pieces of balloons along Michigan’s Great Lakes — as far away as Isle Royale.

Michigan environment roundup: Bringing solar power to the Upper Peninsula

Michigan environment roundup: Bringing solar power to the Upper Peninsula

October 14, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

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

Michigan seeks to cash in on CBD craze, but hemp harvest not without hiccups

Michigan seeks to cash in on CBD craze, but hemp harvest not without hiccups

October 7, 2019 | Jonathan Oosting

Michigan’s first-ever hemp harvest is bearing fruit. Now that CBD has gone mainstream, early returns are positive, despite fears of overproduction and overhype.

Michigan businesses don’t have to choose between safe water and bottom line

Michigan businesses don’t have to choose between safe water and bottom line

October 3, 2019 | Riley Beggin

Michigan’s freshwater resources don’t have to be in conflict with smart business investment and partnerships, experts said Thursday at the Center for Michigan’s Water Summit in Lansing.

Enbridge halts Line 5 Michigan ads featuring U.S. scientist, apologizes

Enbridge halts Line 5 Michigan ads featuring U.S. scientist, apologizes

September 30, 2019 | Craig Mauger

The Canadian energy company halted the advertisements after MCFN and Bridge Magazine revealed the company did not have permission to run the photo and critics called the ads misleading.

How a U.S. scientist unknowingly starred in an Enbridge Michigan ad campaign

How a U.S. scientist unknowingly starred in an Enbridge Michigan ad campaign

September 30, 2019 | Craig Mauger, Jim Malewitz

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says it didn’t give Enbridge Energy permission to feature an agency researcher in a statewide advertising campaign to protect the Line 5 oil pipeline. One person who worked with the researcher called the ads “dishonest.”

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

Memo to Ted Nugent: Not all hunters hate Michigan’s deer bait ban

Memo to Ted Nugent: Not all hunters hate Michigan’s deer bait ban

September 23, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

 A ban on deer baiting is prompting fears of a plunge in hunting (and objections from the Motor City Madman) but conservation groups say the move is necessary to stop chronic wasting disease from decimating the herd.

Talk about Pure Michigan: Outdoor pursuits generate $10B, report says

Talk about Pure Michigan: Outdoor pursuits generate $10B, report says

September 23, 2019 | Mike Wilkinson

A new federal report for the first time puts a dollar figure on the boating, RVing, hiking and skiing that Michigan loves. The amount is less than industry groups have touted, offering an opportunity for growth.

Algae is again fouling Lake Erie. Thanks a lot, Ohio.

Algae is again fouling Lake Erie. Thanks a lot, Ohio.

September 6, 2019 | Mike Wilkinson

As water quality fears rise, many Michigan farmers are doing their part to stem the flow of algae-producing nutrients, widespread measures that Ohio can only dream of.

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