Category Archives: Environment

Report looks at unusually warm winter temperatures

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A new report sums up the crazy winter that brought unusually warm temperatures to the Great Lakes region — as well as some brutal Lake Effect snowstorms.

Toronto recorded its highest February temperature — 66 degrees — on Feb. 23, according to the Midwestern Regional Climate Center. The following day, more records were set in Syracuse (71), Binghamton, N.Y. (70), and Erie, Pa., (77). Continue reading

Brawl over ballast water regulations

ballast waterEvery year, hundreds of commercial ships make their way through the St. Lawrence seaway, taking on and letting out water to maintain stability as they load and unload cargo. This ballast water is regulated to prevent the spread of invasive species, but there is some disagreement about who should be in charge of those regulations.
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CMU researchers examin how contaminants in Great Lakes affect mussels

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Central Michigan University researchers are examining how freshwater mussels in the Great Lakes are affected by contaminants.

Biologists are testing the mussels with everyday contaminants found in things like shampoo and toothpaste. Continue reading

Data finds link between Flint water and Legionnaires Disease

file0001912523872New test data from the Centers for Disease Control may show a link between Flint’s water during the water crisis to an uptick in cases of Legionnaires Disease.

But officials with the state health department say an ongoing probe into McLaren’s Flint hospital response to the disease outbreak will continue.

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