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Great Grapes: Soil and climate have made the Great Lakes a top wine-producing area

The gold medal winner of this year’s annual San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition was a light unoaked chardonnay from Debonné Vineyards – a vineyard located in the Lake Erie region of northeast Ohio.

Despite the American wine and grape industry’s association with California’s Napa Valley, the Great Lakes region boasts four of the top 10 wine producing states in the nation.

Read Now at Great Lakes Now.

Stunning photos and lessons from six years trekking Canada’s longest trail

In 2015 Dianne (pronounced Dee-Anne) Whelan rented out her house, sold her car, cancelled her monthly bills. Over the next six years and one month she walked and paddled all 27,000 kilometres of the Trans Canada Trail (formerly The Great Trail ), becoming the first person ever to cover all land and water portions. “It … Continued

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What Makes a Region: A look at three definitions of the Great Lakes

Beyond the obvious proximity to the five Great Lakes, what makes a region? The Midwest has its own stereotypes – the Rust Belt has become a popular term for northern post-industrial cities – but perhaps the draw of the Earth’s bounty of freshwater is more meaningful?

Aside from the cultural influence of the lakes, the Great Lakes region is a combination of environmental science, politics and economy.

Read Now at Great Lakes Now.

Despite political promises, plastic continues to fill Canada’s lakes, rivers and oceans

Chelsea Rochman, a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Toronto, co-authored a paper with other researchers published in the journal Science last September which estimates that between 24 and 34 million metric tonnes of plastic was released into the world’s oceans, lakes and rivers in 2020. Read the full story by…

Shipwreck near Michigan City could become state’s 2nd underwater preserve

In 1911, a 211-foot freighter named the Muskegon sank where the fire-scorched hulk was abandoned, now there’s an effort to make it Indiana’s second underwater nature preserve. If approved, this would protect the site for “exceptional” scuba diving according to Indiana University’s Center for Underwater Science. Read the full story by South Bend Tribune. Read…

Swedish nuclear waste expert, mayor, share their experiences with South Bruce community

Prioritizing sound science, trust, and authenticity are among key factors in siting a nuclear waste project, according to Swedish nuclear waste expert Saida Laârouchi Engström. The former Vice President of the Swedish nuclear waste management company, Svensk Kärnbränslehantering Aktiebolag (SKB), presented to the Community Liaison Committee (CLC) Thursday evening. She was joined by Jacob Spangenberg, […]

Scientists use gene editing to make mosquitoes blind to humans

Having a restful weekend at the cottage ruined by the irritating din of mosquitoes orbiting your head is something almost all cottage-goers can relate to, but what if those mosquitos couldn’t find you? For the first time, researchers have used cutting-edge gene-editing technology to knock out a mosquito’s ability to see humans. Their findings were … Continued

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