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Big Changes for Santa Claus

11/28/2011 // By Melinda Koslow

HO HO HO! Santa Claus is coming to town in just a few weeks. As we, hopefully, behave well to make the “nice” list and bake our delicious cookies to be left with milk, I wanted to take a moment […] Read more >

Rehabiliting Lake Erie Wetlands Part One

11/8/2011 // By Melinda Koslow

Wetlands are a vital key to the water quality of the Great Lakes. They act as “filters” for pollutants or debris that might compromise our drinking water, beach health and the habitat for fish and wildlife. Since human settlement in […] Read more >

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Connecting the Great Lakes Coastal Future

9/15/2011 // By Melinda Koslow

This week dozens of participants came from all over the Great Lakes – Minnesota to Pennsylvania – to gain the tools necessary to protect Great Lakes coastal habitat in a changing climate. The Great Lakes, often referred to as our […] Read more >

Secretary Salazar: “It’s Up to Us to Protect Conservation”

7/11/2011 // By Melinda Koslow

The first and only International Wildlife Refuge got a bit larger this week linking thousands of acres for birds, fish, wildlife and people. Congressman John Dingell (D-MI) and Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar joined others on the Detroit River […] Read more >

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Gardening in a Changing Climate

6/30/2011 // By Melinda Koslow

“Geesh, my tomatoes are ready early,” exclaimed a woman in my aerobics class as she showed me tomato photos with the same enthusiasm as a grandmother showing photos of her grandchildren. Later on she sighed and said, “With the ease […] Read more >

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Options for “Restoring” Great Lakes Water Levels are Limited

6/10/2011 // By Melinda Koslow

The release of a report by the International Upper Great Lakes Study Board today could have a direct impact on Great Lakes water levels and the overall health of its ecosystem. The report looks at restoration options for the St. […] Read more >

Danielle Korpalski 2011.

“Blue Hour” for Bike Month: Connecting with Our Nation’s Great Lakes Freshwater Coast

5/23/2011 // By Melinda Koslow

In honor of May bike month Danielle Korpalski and I tuned up our bikes to partake in a “blue hour” of epic proportions. We participated in the Zoo-de-Mackinac bike ride, a ride that starts near Petoskey Michigan and follows Lakes […] Read more >

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Why we need a National Climate Service

4/20/2011 // By Melinda Koslow

Since 1870 the National Weather Service, a branch of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), helps protect our lives and property from a tornado or other severe weather event. Even if you get weather information from your local TV meteorologist […] Read more >

Photograph courtesy of Robert Polo, Science/AAAS

Salmon Study: What Does it Take to Survive a Warming River?

4/4/2011 // By Melinda Koslow

Sockeye salmon are one of many species of wildlife who will need to adapt to warming water temperatures caused by climate change… or die. A new study published this week in the journal Science examines sockeye salmon populations in the […] Read more >

Extreme flooding near Nashville, Tennessee in May 2010.

Climate Change Was Costly in 2010

3/4/2011 // By Melinda Koslow

Climate change impacts our cities, natural resources and wildlife. It can be daunting, however, to calculate the exact impact climate change has on our wallets. A new report by insurance company Munich Re has done just that. The report indicates […] Read more >