The problem America has neglected for too long: Deteriorating dams

Aging, poorly maintained structures put thousands at risk—and climate change is only making things worse.
Print Friendly and PDF

Michigan dam failure demonstrates vulnerability to climate change in the Midwest

The climate has already changed in large because of human actions, and the sooner we recognize this and adapt, the better.

When the '500-year flood' hit Michigan, residents had to weigh risk of escape in a pandemic

The coronavirus complicated response to the disastrous flood that swallowed a series of small communities in mid-Michigan when an ageing dam broke.

‘Expect more’: Climate change raises risk of dam failures

Engineers say most dams in the United States, designed decades ago, are unsuited to a warmer world and stronger storms.

As virus lingers in Michigan, a new crisis arrives: Flooding

Thousands of residents of Midland, Mich., fled their homes as waters rose, trying to keep at a safe social distance even in shelters.

Michigan: Threat of toxic contamination looms after dam failures trigger flooding

Catastrophic flooding triggered by dam failures in Michigan could potentially release toxic pollution from a site contaminated by the industrial giant Dow Chemical.

Michigan dams break, forcing thousands to evacuate

The failure of the dams was expected to bring record-setting flooding, with response complicated by the coronavirus.

Vaccinations fall to alarming rates, C.D.C. study shows

In Michigan, fewer than half of infants 5 months or younger are up to date on their vaccinations, which may allow for outbreaks in diseases like measles.

Pandemic costs clean energy sector nearly 600,000 jobs

Companies cut 447,200 clean energy jobs in April, more than triple the number it lost in March.

California sues EPA for suspending pollution enforcement during coronavirus pandemic

California, along with eight other states, sued the EPA for suspending enforcement of air and water pollution monitoring and reporting during the coronavirus pandemic.

Mona Hanna-Attisha: I’m sick of asking the children of Flint to be resilient

It’s time for reparations and resources and to not expect kids to “rise above.”

40,000 trees being planted to help West Michigan forests through climate change

The $375,000 project aims to keep existing forests healthy and to plant new and resilient forests.

The next multitrillion-dollar crisis is coming right at us

Addressing climate change is a big-enough idea to revive the economy.

Ann Arbor launches $40K effort to test high-risk basements for dioxane

With a toxic plume of pollution creeping through the groundwater on Ann Arbor's west side, city officials want to make sure it's not infiltrating residents' basements and posing health risks.

From our Newsroom

Fracking linked to rare birth defect in horses: Study

The implications for human health are "worrisome," say researchers.

Coronavirus, the environment, and you

How the spread of the deadly virus is impacted by climate change, the environment, and our lifestyles.

Reevaluating fish consumption advisories during the COVID-19 pandemic: Analysis

Our current crisis reaffirms the importance of weighing the health benefits of eating fish against chemical exposure risks.

PFAS-free firefighting foams: Are they safer?

A small-scale certification effort could offer a path forward.

Cutting edge of science

An exclusive look at important research just over the horizon that promises to impact our health and the environment

Above The Fold

Daily & Weekly newsletters all free.