Category Archives: Climate

Baby, it’s cold outside … and winter is far from over

  We’re just one month into winter (according to the calendar) and Mother Nature has already produced  conditions that test even the heartiest of Midwesterners. Here in West Michigan, we’ve had 66 inches of snow so far, wind chill readings … Continue reading

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Christmas comes early for the Great Lakes

Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but for the (Great) Lakes, it’s so delightful … Okay, that’s a pretty lame attempt at turning a Christmas classic into a jingle about the Great Lakes. But it makes an important point: Harsh … Continue reading

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Four nuclear power plants on the Great Lakes rank among the nation’s worst for high level safety violations

A new government report on safety violations at nuclear power plants shows that four of the nation’s worst facilities (in terms of higher level violations) are located on the shores of the Great Lakes. The report by the General Accounting … Continue reading

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The Great Lakes are in peril … again

I am about to report some distressing news about the Great Lakes, so I want to preface my comments with some counterbalancing information about the wondrous lakes we call Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie and Ontario. The Great Lakes are indescribably … Continue reading

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Taking stock of the Great Lakes on Earth Day 2013

In honor of Earth Day, I thought it appropriate to explore the current state of the Great Lakes — the good, bad and ugly. The lakes today are far healthier than in 1972, when Congress passed the federal Clean Water Act. … Continue reading

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Report examines climate change effects on Great Lakes

Climate change has given Lake Superior a fever and the region’s fish and wildlife could be hit hard by rising air and water temperatures. That’s one of the conclusions of a sobering new report by the National Wildlife Federation called … Continue reading

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NBC News produces interesting view of climate change

It’s no secret that the planet is warming. Recent data show that 2012 was the hottest year on record in the U.S. The warming trend doesn’t bode well for the Great Lakes. Ice cover on the lakes has dropped dramatically … Continue reading

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