Hemp farmers face roadblocks on path to replace wood, plastics

By Guest Contributor As the first year of hemp farming in Michigan ends, industry leaders say they hope to make plastics and wood from the plant’s fiber — once they hurdle the obstacles to market expansion. Source: Great Lakes Echo...

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For one butterfly, Michigan may be its last, best hope

By Eric Freedman The endangered Poweshiek skipperling butterfly, is now known to survive in the wild in only two places on earth: Michigan and Manitoba. Source: Great Lakes Echo...

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Great Lakes colleges are green with sustainability

By Guest Contributor Great Lakes colleges fared well on recent separate lists from the Sierra Club magazine and the Princeton Review that ranked the top green colleges of the United States and Canada. Source: Great Lakes Echo...

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What makes a healthy diet? A table, no TV and fresh food

By Eric Freedman Households that eat family-style meals together at the table with the TV off may have healthier diets than families who don’t. Source: Great Lakes Echo...

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Farmer Depression Deepens as Climate Warms

By Cassidy Hough The heavy rain in recent years has left farmers with dangerously high levels of stress. Source: Great Lakes Echo...

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An artist activist teaches children about nature

By Guest Contributor Environmental activist, farmer and artist Antonio Rafael works with the National Wildlife Federation to help children connect with and protect nature. Source: Great Lakes Echo...

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New York winning the battle against giant hogweed

By Guest Contributor Giant hogweed, a plant that grows up to 14 feet tall and can burn and scar people, is on its way out in the state of New York. Source: Great Lakes Echo...

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Harmful algae could kill invasive mussels

By Guest Contributor A new idea to manage the spread of non-native mussels: kill them with another Great Lakes headache, the algae that sometimes blooms too much and threatens water quality. Source: Great Lakes Echo...

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Fish can hear boat noises and their ears are in trouble

By Guest Contributor Researchers found that fish can hear human-created, noises and that their ears are harmed by them. Source: Great Lakes Echo...

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Study offers a bird’s eye view of a bird’s smell

By Kaylie Connors A new study points to the importance of how birds use their own odors to communicate. Source: Great Lakes Echo...

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