COVID-19 pandemic revealed underlying energy justice crises, study finds

By Marie Orttenburger By Taylor Haelterman The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed preexisting energy justice crises like costly utility bills and the dangers of energy pollution, which may not have gained attention otherwise, according to a recent study. Listen to this story. The study, titled ‘The energy crises revealed by COVID: Intersections of Indigeneity, Inequity and...

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Judges declaw Indiana zoo for illegally declawing Big Cat cubs, abusing animals

By Eric Freedman A roadside zoo in Charlestown, Indiana, has violated the Endangered Species Act by declawing Big Cats – tigers, lions and hybrids – “without a medical necessity” and separating cubs as young as 1 day old from their mothers, a federal judge has ruled. Source: Great Lakes Echo...

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Pandemic impacts library services, budgets in long term

By Guest Contributor Library patrons may not be spending hours browsing the stacks for new reads, but Michigan librarians are still busy quarantining books and shipping them to eager summer readers. Source: Great Lakes Echo...

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Hear crickets chirping in the evening? Use them to tell the temperature

By Guest Contributor The steady sound of crickets chirping in the evening is a staple of a midwest summer. And with some simple math that chirping can be utilized to tell the temperature. Source: Great Lakes Echo...

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The Dreaded Lanternbug, Scourge of Agriculture, Spreads in New Jersey

By By Sabrina Imbler The insect poses a serious threat to American crops, particularly vineyards, and inspires creative backyard methods of eliminating them. Source: Invasive Species News...

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Remembering the birth of Isle Royale’s wolf-moose study

By Eric Freedman When L. David Mech arrived at Isle Royale in 1959, he had no idea he would pioneer the nation’s longest-running prey-predator study, one that would become a model for wildlife biologists around the world. Source: Great Lakes Echo...

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Ohio slaughterhouse operator sent to prison for environmental, money laundering crimes

By Eric Freedman A federal judge in Ohio has sentenced an illegal slaughterhouse operator to 33 months behind bars for dumping animal blood and other “bodily fluids” into a waterway that empties into Beaver Creek and Lake Erie in violation of the Clean Water Act. Source: Great Lakes Echo...

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MSU study finds no-till farming yields long-term economic benefits

By Guest Contributor Results from a nearly 30-year ongoing study published by researchers at Michigan State University’s Kellogg Biological Station show that over the long-term, no-till agriculture produces improved crop yields. Source: Great Lakes Echo...

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Artists, activists shift environmental art exhibit online during pandemic

By Guest Contributor An art exhibition and panel discussions hosted by the Detroit Center for Design + Technology that addresses climate change is available to explore online through August 15. Source: Great Lakes Echo...

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As toxic algal blooms impact Lake Erie, Michigan sees agriculture as main culprit

By Guest Contributor Toxic algae blooming in Lake Erie is creating safety concerns for humans and aquatic life prompting the state of Michigan to work with farmers to reduce the phosphorus levels in field runoff. Source: Great Lakes Echo...

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