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Power plant on Detroit River, Michigan Sea Grant Extension

Voting YES to Renewable Energy in Michigan

10/27/2012 // By Jennifer Janssen

The Great Lakes were too hot this summer. From Lake Michigan hitting 82 degrees in July to Lake Superior running 15 to 20 degrees above average–the lakes are showing the effects of our warming climate. The record hot waters surprised …

Michigan State MSSC students educating their peers about clean energy and Prop 3

MI Student Groups Endorse 25% Renewable Energy Standard Ballot Proposal

10/26/2012 // By Liz Starke

On November 6, Michigan voters will have the chance to secure more clean energy for our state by voting for Prop 3. This ballot proposal is a unique opportunity for Michigan citizens to increase our state’s renewable energy standard to 25% by the …

Common loons

Photo of the Day: “Loon, Party of Seven.”

8/27/2012 // By Rachel Faulkner

Common loons in the Seney National Wildlife Refuge, Michigan Photo by Flickr member McGill’s Nature in Motion See more photos by McGill’s Nature in Motion on Flickr >> Your Photo Could Be Here We want one of your nature photos …

"Wu" the WuShock Mascot

March Madness Mascots Impacted by Climate Change

3/20/2012 // By Jenny Kordick

We’re on to the Sweet Sixteen. For me, this means my bracket is mostly busted (please don’t lose UNC!) and I start looking at March Madness from another angle. Preferably in a way that overlaps with my job–watching basketball counts …

Lake Michigan, March 2012. Source: Flicker (farlane)

Great Lakes Ice: Missing in Action

3/13/2012 // By Amanda Staudt

After the fourth warmest winter on record, the extent of ice covering the Great Lakes is at a near record low. The extremely low levels are consistent with a study showing significant declines in ice levels from 1973-2010. This trend …

Power plant in front of U.S. Capitol

Big Polluters Continue Their Hold on Congress

2/2/2012 // By Joe Mendelson

The polluter stranglehold on the House of Representatives continued today. Three members of the Republican Congressional leadership sent a letter to the Office of Management and Budget requesting that the White House stop the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from issuing new (and …

Danielle Korpalski 2011.

Plan Underway to Connect Michigan Kids With ‘M.O.R.E.’ Nature

12/21/2011 // By Max Greenberg

Michigan is the only state that touches four of the five Great Lakes, and its 57,000 square miles boast nearly 100 parks and recreation areas, from the beaches of McClain State Park on the shore of Lake Superior in the …

NWF Appeals Court Approval of Controversial Mine

12/12/2011 // By Jeff Alexander

National Wildlife Federation and other conservation groups are appealing a Michigan court ruling that allowed a controversial metallic sulfide mine to be drilled below one of the Midwest’s finest trout streams. Opponents claim the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality should …

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Mercury Impacts to Loons & Michigan Lakes Draws Thousands of Conservationists & Anglers

12/3/2011 // By Jennifer Janssen

Scientist Dave Evers has been studying loons in Michigan’s Seney National Wildlife Refuge impacted by mercury pollution since the late 1980s. He found mercury contamination in the very first loons he tested and since then has studied over 5,000 of …


Bravely Standing Up For Her Children and Community – How an Oil Spill Transformed One Woman’s Life

11/30/2011 // By Carla Brown

As parents, we want to make sure our children feel safe and inspired. We want them to embrace life and jump at opportunity. When terrible things happen in the world, it is challenging to know what to say. In 2010, …