Climate Change Threatens Chicago’s Balancing Act

Climate Change Threatens Chicago’s Balancing Act

By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer Chicago was built at the swampy dip between the Mississippi River and Lake Michigan, supercharged by a 19th century canal that connected the two water bodies. The city exists because the water, until now, has been controllable. But because of climate change, Lake Michigan’s shoreline has been wildly fluctuating, […]

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The Great Lakes at Risk

The Great Lakes at Risk

by Ashira Morris, ODP Contributing Writer Collectively, the Great Lakes are the world’s largest freshwater system. They provide drinking water, food, even the fresh air we breathe. The five lakes are “arguably the continent’s most precious resource,” National Geographic writes in the magazine’s December cover story.  And they’re in trouble. Toxic chemicals from agriculture, invasive […]

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Great Lakes Shoreline Erosion Made Worse by Climate Change

Great Lakes Shoreline Erosion Made Worse by Climate Change

Along the Great Lakes–America’s “Third Coastline”–rising lake levels coupled with erratic weather patterns are causing alarming levels of erosion. Each year, people’s homes, as well as utility lines, are becoming dangerously close to the lake’s edge. Stronger riptides, dangerous crashing waves, and boats ramming objects hidden below the lake surface are all growing concerns for […]

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Michigan Governor Ushers In New Era of Environmental Protection

Michigan Governor Ushers In New Era of Environmental Protection

Newly elected Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer on Monday issued two executive orders and one executive directive to strengthen protections for the Great Lakes, clean up groundwater and drinking water, and fight climate change.  Governor Whitmer wasted no time “shaking up” her Cabinet in order to fulfill a campaign promise she made to shift the focus in the state back to environmental protection and developing clean energy.

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