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Historic floods fuel misery, rage in Detroit

Repeated, disastrous storms offer a foreboding glimpse of Detroit's new reality in a warming world: flooding intensified by high water levels on Lake Erie and the other Great Lakes, coupled with an ongoing debate over how to manage the problem.

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Micheline Maynard: Flooding and wreckage in Detroit expose the city’s climate vulnerability

I felt a distressed sense of deja vu as the bleak scenes stirred memories of the city in bankruptcy.
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Climate

Detroit flooding previews risks from a warming climate

Urban infrastructure in many cities was not built for current and future climate pressures.
Justice

These solar, Wi-Fi-connected streetlights are replacing ones that were repossessed by the utility company

A Michigan city had its streetlights removed a decade ago. Now it’s relighting itself with streetlights that don’t require a grid.
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Climate

Detroit regional flooding: 50 drivers rescued and 350 vehicles damaged

Parts of Detroit got up to seven inches of rain. “This isn’t normal here,” an official said.
Justice

In Michigan, making the outdoors more accessible to people of color

Black and brown people from urban areas face many barriers to outdoor recreation. Here's how one group overcame them on Lake Superior.

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Michigan’s climate-ready future: Wetland parks, less cement, roomy shores

As climate change alters our world, Michigan's bounty of fresh water — if managed smartly — could be the foundation of a thriving state economy and superior quality of life.

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Toxics

Environmental groups plan to sue EPA over sulfur dioxide pollution in Detroit

Three environmental groups have notified the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency they plan to sue because the agency has not come up with a plan to reduce sulfur dioxide emissions in areas of Detroit and Baltimore.

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Climate

A growing summertime risk for cities: Power failures during heat waves

The author of a new study said the combination of blackouts and extreme heat “may be the deadliest climate-related event we can imagine.”
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Ford plans to develop and produce electric vehicle batteries

Saying that it wants to control the key technology for electric vehicles, Ford plans to open a battery development center near Detroit by the end of next year.

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Justice

Maps reveal redlined areas face higher flood risks

Across dozens of major U.S. metros, more than $107 billion worth of homes at high risk for flooding are located in neighborhoods that suffered redlining in the 1930s.
Toxics

I tested my tap water, household products and cat for toxic 'forever chemicals'

The extent of PFAS contamination is only now coming into focus. Here's what I learned from investigating my home.

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Justice

Pledge drive urges funding racially diverse climate efforts

Donors of Color Network have launched a Climate Funders Justice Pledge, challenging the nation's climate philanthropists to shift 30% of their donations toward environmental efforts led by Black, Indigenous, Latino and other people of color.

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LISTEN: Azmal Hossan on the sociology of climate crises in South Asia

"If we look at the rate of carbon emissions, most is emitted by the developed and industrialized countries, but the problem is poor countries like Bangladesh are the main sufferers."

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Those holding up carbon capture and hydrogen as new climate solutions are leading us down the wrong path.

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