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How Gov. Whitmer built a climate legacy in divided Michigan

By Adam Aton Photo: Bill Pugliano

Democratic Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is running for reelection against a Republican field that saw one frontrunner kicked off the ballot and another candidate arrested in connection with the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection.
For a swing-state governor in a harsh political climate, it’s an enviable position. Polling this summer suggested Whitmer began the campaign with an advantage over her potential opponents, though the field won’t be set until the Aug. 2 primary.


Is a Michigan energy firm using dark money to influence California’s climate plans?

By Sammy Roth Photo: Erin Kirkland , Getty Images

For all of California’s groundbreaking climate policies — the 100% clean energy mandate, the goal of ending gasoline-vehicle sales by 2035 — there’s still a lot of uncertainty over how the Golden State will zero out its planet-warming carbon emissions.


Tornado Scars Northern Michigan

But on May 20, 2022, record-breaking warmth in the Midwest helped fuel a line of strong storms in Wisconsin that barreled across Lake Michigan without weakening significantly. One of them strengthened and transitioned into a supercell, an especially powerful type of storm with a deep and persistent rotating updraft.


Why shoreline nuclear power plants pose problem for Great Lakes

By Carol Thompson

The dozens of nuclear power reactors situated along the Great Lakes shoreline have produced a sizeable amount of electricity for Canada’s Ontario province and the midwestern United States since they first came online in 1963.


Detroit nonprofit offers paid training for energy efficiency jobs

By Yale Climate Connections Photo: Dennis Schroeder , NREL

Detroit, Michigan, needs more people who know how to make buildings more energy efficient. Sitara Govender of the non-profit Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency says there are more energy efficiency jobs available than workers with the skills to fill them.


Gov. Whitmer wants federal aid to keep nuclear plant open

By Jennifer McDermott Photo: Patrick Semansky , AP

Michigan’s Democratic governor wants a nuclear power plant on Lake Michigan to stay open and she’s asking the federal government to pay for it.
But the owner of the Palisades Power Plant says it’s too late — the plant will be shut down in May as scheduled.


Climate change is causing Michigan dogsledders to shift gears from snow to dry land

By Sam Easter Photo: Rey Del Rio , The Washington Post

As he lined up his young four-dog team at the start, he could tell something was different. The dogs were usually eager to pull his wooden sled, but as they bounced and barked in excitement, he wondered whether they somehow knew they were about to compete.


Do we need roads that charge cars? Detroit thinks so

By Julian Spector

Electric car drivers in Detroit can soon boost their batteries just by driving down the right road. On Wednesday, Michigan state agencies awarded $1.9 million to Israeli startup Electreon to build a mile-long wireless charging strip. The chargers will lie under a street in Detroit’s Michigan Central district, an innovation hub for clean and autonomous mobility tech.


Michigan classrooms gain access to hands-on help for learning conservation science

By Kyla Nelsen

The Environmental Education Resource Lending Station became available in early December to Michigan educators through the Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) Classroom Initiative. The project was funded by a grant awarded in 2020 by the U.S. EPA Great Lakes Restoration Initiative to promote the restoration of the Great Lakes, said the agency’s environmental education support officer, Christina Pearce.


Marquette mayor speaks on climate change plans

By Taylor Johnson

Northern Climate Network’s Climate@Noon series held on Friday via Zoom featured Marquette Mayor Jenna Smith, who spoke about the recent climate action resolution the city passed in December.