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PFAS News Roundup: 3M scientist exposes 50 years of PFAS deceit just as the ‘forever chemicals’ are found in Great Lakes precipitation

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PFAS News Roundup: 3M scientist exposes 50 years of PFAS deceit just as the ‘forever chemicals’ are found in Great Lakes precipitation

In a ProPublica story, former 3M chemist Kris Hansen details how the chemical giant hid the dangers of PFOS from employees and the public. She was asked by senior scientist Jim Johnson to retest for what are now known as “forever chemicals” in human blood samples from the general population, in 1997.

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Bald eagles nearly died out. What can we learn from their return to the southern Great Lakes?

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Bald eagles nearly died out. What can we learn from their return to the southern Great Lakes?

By Emma McIntosh, The Narwhal

Growing up in a shiny Toronto-area suburb lined with concrete and puny trees, the only bald eagles Sheetal Rawal saw in the 1980s were in her imagination or on TV.

It wasn’t for lack of trying. Inspired by a particularly stirring episode of Alvin and the Chipmunks — the gang goes to Washington, D.C., to convince the president to stop a developer from bulldozing an eagle’s nest — she remembers gazing out of the car window on road trips, scanning treetops and skies for giant birds with bright white heads.

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I Speak For The Fish: Are muskies still the readers’ favorite?

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I Speak For The Fish: Are muskies still the readers’ favorite?

I Speak for the Fish is a monthly column written by Great Lakes Now Contributor Kathy Johnson, coming out the third Monday of each month. Publishing the author’s views and assertions does not represent endorsement by Great Lakes Now or Detroit Public Television. 

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It’s OK to mow in May − the best way to help pollinators is by adding native plants

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It’s OK to mow in May − the best way to help pollinators is by adding native plants

By Christina Grozinger and Harland Patch, Penn State

 is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.

It’s a simple idea: Stop mowing your lawn in the month of May to let flowers in the lawn, such as dandelions and clover, grow and support bees and other pollinators.

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Disappointed dogs, sad skiers, frustrated fishermen

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Disappointed dogs, sad skiers, frustrated fishermen

Hayward, Wisconsin got its first snow of the season on Halloween. But then Thanksgiving came, and Christmas, with no more white flakes. The new year started equally warm and snowless, and the organizers of the iconic American Birkebeiner ski race began to really worry. The February 24, 2024 race would be the 50th anniversary of the country’s most famous (and largest) cross-country ski event, and it would also be a World Cup competition, drawing top competitors from around the globe.

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Energy News Roundup: Industry groups fight federal emissions rules they say will hurt region

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Energy News Roundup: Industry groups fight federal emissions rules they say will hurt region

A fuel industry group is spending $6.6 million on ads in Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and other swing states that take aim at the Biden administration’s tailpipe emissions standards. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rule was in the works for years before being finalized in March. It aims to shift the majority of the country’s new car sales to electric and hybrid vehicles by 2032.

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Dams may slow harmful algal blooms in urban lakes, expert says

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Dams may slow harmful algal blooms in urban lakes, expert says

This article was republished here with permission from Great Lakes Echo.

By Elinor Epperson and Daniel Schoenherr, Great Lakes Echo

Like clockwork, Michigan’s Ford Lake and its downstream neighbor, Belleville Lake, turn bright green every summer due to harmful algal blooms.

The lakes, located near Ypsilanti in the southeast part of the state, have struggled for decades with phosphorus pollution that spurs algae growth.

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Canadian wildfire smoke chokes upper Midwest for second straight year

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Canadian wildfire smoke chokes upper Midwest for second straight year

By Todd Richmond, Associated Press

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Smoke from Canadian wildfires has prompted health warnings across the upper Midwest for the second straight year.

Fires raging in British Columbia and Alberta sent the haze over parts of Montana, the Dakotas, Minnesota and Wisconsin on Sunday, lingering into Monday morning.

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PFAS News Roundup: White House official visits Minnesota high school in town known as “ground zero” for PFAS

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PFAS News Roundup: White House official visits Minnesota high school in town known as “ground zero” for PFAS

White House official and chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, Brenda Mallory, visited Minnesota’s Tartan High School on May 6 to tour the area known as “ground zero” for PFAS contamination. The Lake Elmo school is located in a “plume” created by Minnesota multinational chemical giant, 3M.

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Meet the man who has been cleaning the Rouge River for 35 years

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Meet the man who has been cleaning the Rouge River for 35 years

By Zach Lassen

This article was republished here with permission from Planet Detroit.

This story is from Planet Detroit’s Neighborhood Reporting Lab, where community reporters write about health and climate issues in their neighborhood. Neighborhood Reporting Lab is supported by the Americana and Kresge Foundations.

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Michigan author reflects on 20th anniversary of landmark book The Living Great Lakes

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Michigan author reflects on 20th anniversary of landmark book The Living Great Lakes

Jerry Dennis wasn’t seeking adventure when as a novice sailor he joined a veteran captain and crew to sail from Traverse City to the Atlantic Ocean. He was looking for a deeper understanding of the Great Lakes, but adventure found him.

Similarly, he wasn’t seeking notoriety when he wrote The Living Great Lakes: Searching for the Heart of the Inland Seas, which was based on the sailing adventure.

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