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Plastic pollution litters the Great Lakes. The problem is only getting worse

Broken down bits of bottle caps, wrappers, beach toys — as well non-consumer items like industrial resin “nurdle” pellets — have become a staple of Michigan shorelines.

Report: Dangerous levels of 'forever chemicals' found at Great Lakes area military sites

Six military bases in the U.S. Great Lakes region have "dangerously" high levels of toxic chemicals called PFAS, a report issued Tuesday by the Environmental Working Group warned.
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Advocates criticize military, state on PFAS; tour of old Wurtsmith AFB followed by documentary screening

A group of environmental advocates accused state and military authorities of lackluster response to legacy PFAS contamination, and pointed to a former nuclear bomber base near Lake Huron as Michigan's prime example.

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WATCH: Microplastics pollution taking over the Great Lakes

Eric Freedman, journalist and professor at Michigan State University, talks about the disturbing trend of microplastics infiltrating Lake Michigan and the detrimental health effects they can pose.

Fish advisories impact tribal traditions; Lake Superior smelt the latest species found contaminated

Local Indigenous people continue to eat enough fish to far surpass what state health officials consider safe.

A battle between a great city and a Great Lake

The climate crisis haunts Chicago's future as a warming world pushes Lake Michigan toward new extremes — higher highs, lower lows, greater uncertainty. It is a city built for a different time.


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.

It’s literally raining PFAS around the Great Lakes, say researchers

Rain samples from Cleveland, Chicago and the Sleeping Bear Dunes show surprisingly high chemical concentrations of "forever chemicals."
Plastic Pollution

Sierra Club Lake Erie Group: New plant won't 'recycle' plastics, just perpetuate pollution

The benefits that IRG claims would accrue to the community and the environment if its plant were built, even if accurate, are heavily outweighed by the foreseeable long-term human health costs and environmental damage of operating the proposed plant.

Michigan rejects Canada's claim that Line 5 pipeline dispute is cross-border treaty issue

The dispute over the cross-border Line 5 pipeline is entirely for Michigan to deal with, the state's attorney general argues in a legal brief released Wednesday that flatly rejects Canada's depiction of a foreign-policy matter that Ottawa and the White House must resolve.

At Michigan’s first PFAS site, a tourist town wrestles a ‘forever’ problem

In a tourism-dependent town struggling to attract workers and build housing, a pollution problem like PFAS creates social and economic struggles.

Invasive zebra mussel found in North Carolina pet stores

Zebra mussels, which plague the Great Lakes, have hitchhiked on aquarium moss balls. Wildlife officers are urging people to destroy the moss balls.
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Researchers, doctors call for regulators to reassess safety of taking acetaminophen during pregnancy

The painkiller, taken by half of pregnant women worldwide, could be contributing to rising rates of reproductive system problems and neurodevelopmental disorders like ADHD and autism.

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."

Op-ed: We don’t have time for another fossil fuel bridge

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

Climate storytelling: Creativity and imagination in the face of bleak realities

Working with youth writers on a climate-fiction screenplay has opened my eyes to the power of the arts in confronting environmental crises.

Ocean plastic pollution

Too much plastic is ending up in the ocean — and making its way back onto our dinner plates.

Peter Dykstra: Protected by an alphabet soup of acronyms

CITES, CCAMLR, LDC, MBTA, CBD, Ramsar, LWCF ... they may make your eyes glaze over, but they protect our health and planet.

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