Microplastics and algae tangle in the Great Lakes

Algae can catch up to a trillion pieces of microplastics, according to a new study.

Great Lakes algae is catching huge amounts of microplastics.

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Competing visions for a famed river in a Midwest hotspot—Part 2

GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan—After dropping through downtown, the Grand River flattens out. There, the state is considering a dredging project to open the river to larger boats and travel between Grand Rapids and Grand Haven, a city at the river's mouth where it empties into Lake Michigan.

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Competing visions for a famed river in a Midwest hotspot—Part 1

GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan—A bike ride along the Grand River downtown is a breeze—heading downstream it's all downhill.

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Great kiskadee entangled by a fishing line (Paraná River floodplain, Argentina; Credit C. Machado)

Freshwater is getting neglected when it comes to plastic pollution research

Plastic pollution in lakes and rivers is on the research back burner—that's a problem.

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Mackinac Bridge. (Credit: Dane/flickr)

“Forever chemical” replacements on the rise in the Great Lakes

As industry phases out certain toxic PFAS chemicals, the compounds are decreasing in and around the Great Lakes, but replacement chemicals—which some argue also pose serious health concerns—are increasing, according to new research from Canada.

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A crack in the Great Lakes Compact? Approved water diversion prompts pushback

The Great Lakes hold quadrillions of gallons of water. Is allowing one more company to take water from them such a big deal?

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Trees along the Black River. (Credit: The Ancient Bald Cypress Consortium)

Ancient North Carolina trees that hold climate clues are under threat

Trees that tower over a protected forest along the Black River in southeastern North Carolina have held environmental secrets for more than 2,000 years, but their knowledge and existence is now threatened by climate change-driven sea level rise.

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Silver Falls in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. (Credit: KBIC Natural Resources Department)

“Our community is a fishing community:” Michigan tribe seeks to set its own water standards

The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, on the shores of one of the largest freshwater lakes in the world, is petitioning the federal government to hand over control of setting water quality standards.

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Following up with families from ‘Fractured,’ EHN’s fracking investigation in western Pennsylvania

"The series finally brought to light that we're not the only ones being impacted, that this is a serious problem across the board, and that the industry should be held accountable."

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Solar geoengineering: Scientists decry a 'foolish' idea

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