A Black town’s water is more poisoned than Flint’s. In a white town nearby, it’s clean

Activists in Benton Harbor say it's been an uphill battle getting the city, county and state to take action.

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Whitmer seeks $20M to replace lead pipes in Benton Harbor

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer wants to pump $20 million into Benton Harbor to replace lead pipes and curtail exceedances of the state's water safety rules.
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Less pollution overall, but Michigan's air still exceeds EPA limits at times

The Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy monitors six different forms of air pollution at locations across the state. In its 112 page Air Quality Annual Report for 2020 it reports periodically some spots exceeded the standards set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.


How widespread are PFAS chemicals? Connecticut officials are about to find out

Connecticut's health and environmental agencies believe there are pockets of contamination hiding throughout the state.

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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.


In a summer of deadly deluges, new research shows how global warming fuels flooding

New attribution research shows that climate change primed the pump and increased the odds of deadly july floods in Northwestern Europe.


Carbon offset deal helps Michigan cash in on its trees—by not cutting them down

The state's DNR has agreed to limit logging in the Pigeon River Country State Forest over the next four decades to create carbon offsets, a climate-change currency that companies use to compensate for emissions.


Michigan groups urge bold action to tackle climate change

As Congress works on an infrastructure package, advocates for climate action say bold steps to curb greenhouse-gas emissions and transition to a clean-energy economy are necessary and urgent.

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Wild U.S. deer found with coronavirus antibodies

A new study detected coronavirus antibodies in 40 percent of deer tested this year. Here’s why that matters.

Survey suggests climate change has reduced presence of invasive Argentine ants

A nearly 30-year survey, conducted at Stanford's Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve, has found that the distribution of Argentine ants has shrunk as a result of climate change. Meanwhile, native species are faring better.


House bill targets PFAS ‘forever chemicals’ in drinking water

The U.S. House passed the “Dingell bill" that would regulate toxic chemicals in drinking water - and given Michigan's polluted history, the measure could have a major impact in the state. The chemicals in question are per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS.


Inside the Flint water crisis cover-up

Phones belonging to top state health department officials were found with no text messages from January 2014 to October 2015.

Michigan officials and climate justice advocates call for investment in clean transportation

Transportation accounts for almost a third of all U.S. emissions and is the single largest source of climate-harming carbon pollution in the U.S.


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.

Detroit flooding previews risks from a warming climate

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

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"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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