With a population of approximately 10 million, Michigan is the 10th most populous of the American states, the 11th most extensive by area, and the largest by area east of the Mississippi River. Surrounded by four of the five Great Lakes, it also has more freshwater coastline than any other state in the union.

Like many centralized states, it has seen an increase in some of the more tangible effects of climate change such as increased heavy rainfall, an uptick in annual heat waves and a 63% decrease in winter ice coverage on the Great Lakes since 1970.

With a large portion of Michigan residents concentrated in and around the Great Lakes region, communities are largely dependent on them for their basic needs. Rising temperatures and increased rainfall precipitation have created blooms in Lake Erie, for example, contaminating water supplies in multiple townships surrounding Monroe County and disturbing fish populations.

Jennifer Granholm (now the Energy Secretary in the Biden administration) was Michigan’s governor from 2003-2011. She became an advocate for renewable energy development and one of her signature policies as governor was a mandate for the state to increase the share of its energy derived from renewable sources like solar and wind. She also worked with the Obama administration on a 2009 bailout of the automobile industry that included clean energy investments and incentives for carmakers to invest in technologies like battery storage.

In 2016, Michigan lawmakers debated whether to rollback or make minimal increases to their existing 10% Renewable Energy Standard. With this policy stagnation, Michigan is far behind the curve in the race to clean energy, featuring inaction from legislators and an undeterred reliance on fossil fuels. Currently there are a few bills aimed at combating climate change awaiting a vote from state legislature such as the Clean and Renewable Energy Waste Reduction Act among  others. However, given the recent voting history of Michigan lawmakers, the likelihood of meaningful climate change action does not seem close at hand.

What is most troublesome about Michigan’s inaction is that shifting resources to the environment could potentially yield such a huge boost to Michigan’s economy. Stanford University found that  fully powering Michigan with renewable energy would create 150,000 jobs, save more than 1,700 lives a year and generate an average $11,000 reduction in each citizen’s energy/health cost. Fortunately, there is a strong call for cleaner energy from Michigan’s citizens and various organizations across the state such as the Michigan Climate Action Network, which has worked to spread information regarding climate change, its effects on Michigan and what can be done to fight it. They have four major goals underlining their fight: move 100% of the state’s energy to renewable sources, electrify public transportation, put an end to the Enbridge Line 5 pipeline running through the Great Lakes, and fight for cleaner energy policies.

Good news came in September 2020, when Governor Gretchen Whitmer, citing a rising threat to public health and the environment, signed an  executive order battling climate change, aiming to make Michigan’s economy carbon-neutral by 2050. Whitmer’s decarbonization-by-2050 goal includes an interim target of a 28% reduction from 1990 greenhouse gas emission levels by 2025. The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy, with the help of a newly formed Council on Climate Solutions, are now tasked with delivering a climate plan in draft for by September 1,2021 with a final plan by the end of the year.

More good news came in March, 2021 when the University of Michigan Board of Regents voted to divest from companies that are the largest contributors to greenhouse gases, which are defined as the top 100 coal and top 100 oil and gas publicly traded companies in the world, as compiled by the Carbon Underground 200 list.

Michigan is one of twenty four states, plus Puerto Rico, committed to the U.S. Climate Alliance, a bipartisan coalition of governors committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions consistent with the goals of the Paris Agreement.


EV battery startup, UAW reach agreement as company plans big California plant

By Eric D.Lawrence 04/26/23
The UAW has inked an agreement with Sparkz, an electric vehicle battery maker startup, signaling the company won’t hinder unionization efforts as the company makes plans for a new facility in California.
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Line 5 tunnel analysis by feds delayed by more than a year

By Sheri McWhirter 03/24/23
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Michigan Awarded $3 Million Grant for Climate Pollution Reduction Strategies

By Staff Writer 03/24/23
The Biden-Harris Administration has announced that Michigan will receive a $3 million planning grant to develop innovative strategies aimed at reducing climate pollution and building clean energy economies. The funds are part of the Climate…
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Michigan utilities will need to restore power faster under proposed state rules

By Sheri McWhirter 03/22/23
A lot of scrutiny is coming for Michigan’s two biggest utility companies in the wake of years of lengthy power outages caused by damaging storms.
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Presentation looks at climate change effects on Lake Michigan

How is Lake Michigan being affected by climate change? That was the subject of a presentation by the League of Women Voters of Berrien and Cass Counties this week in St. Joseph. League of Women…
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Ice storms reorder Michigan Democrats’ energy and climate agenda

By Sheri McWhirter 03/08/23
Michigan’s new Democratic majority in the state Legislature has a climate and energy-related wish list. No need to check it twice.
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Despite Months of Snow, Solar Panels Can Still Pay Off in Michigan

By Lisa Iscrupe 03/03/23
Michigan winters are chilly, but sunlight still makes a generous showing there for over half the year. Michigan's solar energy generation lags behind that of other states, but keeps making gains, like when the largest…
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Ice storm showcased Michigan’s fragile electric grid. Here’s what could be done to bolster it

By Sheri McWhirter 02/26/23
Climate change has increasingly made weather extremes more common in Michigan, and the recent mid-week ice storm that destroyed tree branches and gnarled power lines is the latest example.
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Ann Arbor sees decade-high temperatures in January 2023

By Nadia Taeckens 02/09/23
Though 40-degree temperatures might still not be balmy enough to break out a beach towel, January 2023 was the warmest January on record for Ann Arbor over the past decade, and the seventh-warmest ever. State…
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Lake Michigan Is Getting Too Hot and the Cracks Are Starting To Show

By Robyn White 02/08/23
February 5 saw 25 people rescued from ice floes on Lake Michigan, a sure sign that the lake's water temperature is rising.
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100,000 Green Jobs Announced Since US Adopted Climate Law, Study Finds

By Carly Wanna 02/06/23
Between last August, when President Joe Biden’s landmark climate bill became law, and the end of January, companies have announced more than 100,000 clean energy jobs in the US, according to an analysis released Monday…
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Pressures from climate change could challenge agreements safeguarding Great Lakes water

By Lester Graham 02/02/23
This week a nationwide Associated Press story looked at the possibility of pumping water from the Mississippi River to the drought-stricken West. That might sound familiar. For years, people in the Great Lakes region have…
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Ann Arbor aims to protect renters from carbon monoxide poisoning with new law

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Michigan Democrats propose 2030 energy storage target to bolster electric grid

State Democratic lawmakers have introduced legislation to codify energy storage goals outlined in Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s climate action plan that bill supporters say is crucial to accompany more renewable energy generation coming online.

Mackinac Island ferry will go electric with support from EGLE grant

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Bipartisan Michigan lawmakers introduce community solar-enabling legislation

Michigan residents and businesses could lower their utility costs, strengthen the state’s energy grid, and participate in Michigan’s growing solar economy under bipartisan legislation introduced on March 7 by state Senators Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor)…

By the Numbers: Turning Michigan’s climate plan into action

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Large solar energy project proposed for northern Muskegon County topic of upcoming forum

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Michigan Announces $200M in Tax Credits to Support Clean Energy

Today, the Michigan Infrastructure Office (MIO) announced $200 million in tax credits to bring more of the clean energy supply chain to Michigan.

Michigan, US publishes geothermal and clean energy roadmap

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Michigan had 18K electric vehicles in 2021; will it reach 2M by 2030?

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Environmental law group says grid operator MISO’s rules discriminate against renewable energy

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Whitmer budget puts billions toward water infrastructure, clean energy

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s proposed state budget puts billion-dollar priorities on climate action and clean water measures.

Consumers Energy OK’d to raise electric rates, must double rooftop solar

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With growing backlash to wind energy, Michigan turns to solar power

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Whitmer releases plan to make Michigan carbon neutral by 2050

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Public comment, listening sessions will help chart Michigan climate future

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MI Healthy Climate Plan

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Solar project planned in River Rouge to increase access to renewable energy

By Jim Kasuba 06/17/21
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National Grid Renewables’ MiSolar projects bring 40 MW of solar energy production to Michigan

By Chris Galford 06/15/21
With the launch of the Bingham Solar and Temperance Solar facilities in Michigan’s Clinton and Monroe counties, National Grid Renewables has launched its MiSolar portfolio, bringing 40 MW of solar energy to the state, offsetting…

Reduced fish abundance possible due to climate change warming deep waters in Lake Michigan

By Max White 05/10/21
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Climate change: ‘Environmental racism’ in Detroit’s ‘most polluted’ neighbourhood

By Cordelia Lynch 04/19/21
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Consumers Energy Plans More Clean Energy for Michigan from Solar Project in Calhoun County

By Consumers Energy 03/11/21
Consumers Energy announced today an agreement to purchase 140 megawatts of clean, renewable energy – enough to power about 70,000 residential customers -- from the Calhoun Solar Center. Invenergy, a leading Midwest-based developer and operator…

Preparing for Climate Change in Michigan

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Climate Action Plans by Michigan Cities

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State of Michigan Climate Action Plan

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Michigan Solar Panels: Pricing and Incentives

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Michigan State Profile and Energy Estimates

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Energy State Bill Tracking Database

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The First National Flood Risk Assessment

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The State of Climate Adaptation in Public Health An Assessment of 16 U.S. States

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The Impacts of Climate Change and the Trump Administration’s Anti-Environmental Agenda in Michigan

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State-by-State: Climate Change in Michigan

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State Overview of Michigan

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Consumers have new options to support renewable energy sources

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Michigan Energy Options

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Michigan Climate Action Network

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Michigan voters want to see more climate action this legislative session

By Alex DeGolia   01/18/23  
This November, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer won her bid for reelection and for the first time in 40 years, Democrats gained a majority in the state house and senate.
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Climate change is an opportunity for Michigan

By Jack Kapcar   01/18/23  
On a visit to campus last Thursday, Vice President Kamala Harris joined Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm and Kyle Whyte, a professor at the University of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability, to discuss climate…
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Michigan shouldn’t worry about becoming a ‘climate haven’

By Jason Hayes and Jarrett Skorup   01/18/23  
It’s becoming almost routine to see headlines filled with dire warnings that Michigan and the Midwest are becoming a “climate haven” – a place to which people can escape from allegedly inhospitable temperatures and disappearing…
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Report aims to prepare Great Lakes states for effects of climate change

Climate change contributed to the rapid rise in Great Lakes water levels a few years ago. Combined with more frequent and intense storms –also caused by climate change- they caused record flooding in 2017 and…
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The EV Battery Boom Is Here, With Manufacturers Investing Billions in Midwest Factories

By Dan Gearino   10/27/22  
Last week, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer held a ceremonial ribbon-cutting at the headquarters of Our Next Energy, a battery manufacturing startup in Novi, a Detroit suburb. This is an increasingly common scene as demand for…
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How Gov. Whitmer built a climate legacy in divided Michigan

By Adam Aton   07/14/22  
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…
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Is a Michigan energy firm using dark money to influence California’s climate plans?

By Sammy Roth   06/23/22  
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…
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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…
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Why shoreline nuclear power plants pose problem for Great Lakes

By Carol Thompson   05/04/22  
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.
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Detroit nonprofit offers paid training for energy efficiency jobs

By Yale Climate Connections   04/28/22  
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…
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Gov. Whitmer wants federal aid to keep nuclear plant open

By Jennifer McDermott   04/21/22  
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…
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Climate change is causing Michigan dogsledders to shift gears from snow to dry land

By Sam Easter   03/23/22  
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,…
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Do we need roads that charge cars? Detroit thinks so

By Julian Spector   02/02/22  
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.…
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Michigan classrooms gain access to hands-on help for learning conservation science

By Kyla Nelsen   01/26/22  
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…
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Marquette mayor speaks on climate change plans

By Taylor Johnson   01/26/22  
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.
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Gov. Whitmer Secures Historic $7 Billion Investment by GM to Create Thousands of Manufacturing Jobs

Governor Gretchen Whitmer today joined General Motors CEO Mary Barra, union officials, elected officials, and local and state leaders to announce a historic investment that will secure the automotive manufacturer's commitment to creating an all-electric…
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Michigan Groups Urge State House To Pass Water Infrastructure Bill

It would make use of funds from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, as well as the American Rescue Plan, to improve the state’s water supply, replacing old lead water lines, and repairing dams and…
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Clean energy, reliable grid among top energy issues in Michigan

By Rachel Duckett   01/25/22  
As a presidential candidate, Joe Biden made a series of energy-related promises, including net-zero emissions by 2050 and the launch of “a national effort aimed at creating the jobs we need to build a modern,…
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Bill introduced to stop utilities from charging customers for natural gas lost to leaky pipes

By Lester Graham   01/24/22  
A Michigan state senator wants to pass a law prohibiting the state's natural gas utilities from charging customers for gas that leaks from pipes or gas that is otherwise lost because of variations in temperature,…
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Updating Michigan energy rules on new homes faces pushback from builders

By Ted Roelofs   01/24/22  
Updating Michigan standards last addressed in 2015, state officials are to consider a new, more energy-efficient home construction code this year ─ likely sparking a battle between home builders and environmentalists who back stronger energy…
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Governor Whitmer releases climate plan to make Michigan carbon neutral by 2050

By Briana Rice   01/24/22  
The Michigan Department of Environmental, Great Lakes and Energy released the draft MI Healthy Climate Plan as an outline of how the state plans to reach Governor Gretchen Whitmer's goal of getting the state carbon…
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Climate change threatens Great Lakes Anishinaabek culture

By Sierra Clark   01/23/22  
Clear tubing that runs hundreds of feet through 250 maple trees will need to be flushed. Trees need to be inspected for their overall health before they’re tapped, but also, Corey said, his family needs…
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Clean energy, reliable grid among top energy issues in Michigan

By Rachel Duckett   01/22/22  
As a presidential candidate, Joe Biden made a series of energy-related promises, including net-zero emissions by 2050 and the launch of “a national effort aimed at creating the jobs we need to build a modern,…
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Michigan’s new climate plan is a strong start, but environmentalists say faster action needed

By Sheri McWhirter   01/15/22  
Environmental advocates said they are encouraged by Michigan’s new climate action plan but also want to see faster action to decarbonize the state’s economy.
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Farmers chase migrating crops in a warming climate

By Sheldon Krause   01/11/22  
As Michigan feels the effects of a changing climate, agriculture experts say they can adapt to keep Michigan farms running.
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Muskegon County solar farm being built to power 3,400 homes annually

By Rose White   01/07/22  
When complete, the MacBeth Solar farm will produce about 41,000 megawatt hours — enough to power about 3,400 homes annually through a 20-year agreement with Consumers Energy.
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Could Fortified Wines Be Michigan’s Answer to Climate Change?

By Julia Coney   01/03/22  
Michigan, a state known as the car capital of the world, has in recent years focused on promoting itself as an up-and-coming American wine region. Michigan Wine Collaborative, a non-profit organization focused on pushing Michigan…
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Community gardens help Michigan adapt to climate change

By Hope O' Dell   01/03/22  
Warming water temperatures reduce fish spawning and snow compresses on itself less during the winter –– which hurts wild rice, said Rachael Pressley, a regional planner with Western U.P. Planning and Development Region. Habitat warming…
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Globalization expert predicts Michigan will be one of the best places to live in several decades

By Myesha Johnson   12/31/21  
Heat waves in all states are projected to become more intense and global sea levels have already risen by eight inches since 1880 according to the U.S. Global Change Research Program.
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Changing Great Lakes latest threat to Michigan’s cherished Fishtown

By Aaron Martin   12/29/21  
The village of shanties along the Leland River on the Leelanau Peninsula has endured through the collapse of commercial fishing and rise of invasive species to become an attraction for 300,000 tourists.
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Global Climate Change and the University of Michigan’s Path Forward

By Mark S. Schlissel   09/09/21  
Last month, the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its most daunting report to date, detailing how precarious the situation is for humanity as it grapples with the climate crisis.
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Climate Change Is Making It Harder for Campers to Beat the Heat

By John Schwartz   07/06/21  
Jill Laidlaw has worked for 37 years at Camp Cavell in Lexington, Mich., a little spot of paradise on Lake Huron. But she has seen trouble in paradise: climate change. Temperatures in Michigan have risen…
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Metro Detroit Flooding Result of Climate Change, Underinvestment in Infrastructure, Whitmer Says

By Russ McNamara, Dorothy Hernandez   06/28/21  
Several miles of I-94 remain flooded and waterlogged trash and former treasures line streets in Detroit as the city digs out from another historic rain event. More than 6 inches of rain fell in parts…
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Michigan lawmaker wants to block local bans on natural gas

By Kelly House   06/10/21  
Add Michigan to the growing list of states where Republican lawmakers hope to block local governments from enforcing the climate activism mantra to “electrify everything.”
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Michigan’s Climate-Ready Future: Wetland Parks, Less Cement, Roomy Shores

By Kelly House and Keith Schneider   06/09/21  
As climate change alters our world, Michigan’s bounty of fresh water — if managed smartly — could be the foundation of a thriving state economy and superior quality of life.
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Michigan apple growers see threat of climate change crisis through spread of fire blight

By Eric Francis   06/08/21  
Patrick and Sara McGuire have been growing apples since they were married 25 years ago. Their 150 acres in Ellsworth in northern Michigan— dubbed Royal Farms — are a mix of sweet apples and the…
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Michigan Lawmakers Attempting to Prevent Local Governments from Making Energy Choices

Michigan lawmakers are considering a bill (HB 4575) that would prohibit the state’s local governments from making choices about the continued use of fossil gas in homes and buildings, limiting their options to meet their…
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A look at Michigan’s disappearing shorelines

By Grant Hermes   05/21/21  
 With the recent heat, it’s hard to not think about spending the day on one of Michigan’s many lakes, but there’s a growing problem for many towns along the lakes: erosion.
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University of Michigan pledges to make its campuses carbon-neutral in climate change fight

By Keith Matheny   05/20/21  
Electric campus bus fleets, more energy-efficient heating and cooling in campus buildings and securing all purchased electricity from renewable sources are among the actions University of Michigan officials pledged Thursday to combat global climate change, with a goal…
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Michigan farms working to combat climate change

By Sophia Lada   04/26/21  
When Shelly Allen and her husband purchased their farm in 2005, there were a lot of environmental red flags.
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How persistent student organizing forced one of the largest public universities to divest from fossil fuels

By Jonathan Morris   04/09/21  
Last month, the University of Michigan became the latest to accept the obvious — that investing in the destruction of society is fundamentally counter to the mission of higher education. With its endowment of $14.2…
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“As bad as an oil spill”: Tons of sediment invade Kalamazoo River after dam drawdown

By Doug Reardon   03/31/21  
You’d likely miss it if you weren’t looking for it in the Kalamazoo River.
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Mid-Michigan climate advocates lobby Congress for carbon price

By Staff Reports   03/27/21  
A group of advocates from the Mt. Pleasant and Roscommon chapters of Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) participated this week in a nationwide virtual lobbying push for climate legislation. The lobby meetings aim to build more…
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‘Winter is vanishing’ from the deep waters of Lake Michigan

By Jennifer Gray   03/26/21  
As the globe continues to warm at an astonishing rate due to climate change, winter is shrinking at depths we've never known before, including the Great Lakes.
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New problems arise for crop storage as planet gets warmer

By John Flesher   03/26/21  
 For generations, Brian Sackett’s family has farmed potatoes that are made into chips found on grocery shelves in much of the eastern U.S.
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Michigan Commission Approves Next Phase of DTE Electric’s EV Pilot Program

DTE Electric to spend up to US$10.3 million on operation and maintenance costs for the program's second phase from 2021 to 2025.
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$1.6M for water infrastructure projects coming to University of Michigan

By Steve Marowsky   03/25/21  
 The University of Michigan has received a $1.6-million award from the U.S. Department of Energy for water infrastructure efficiency projects.
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Regents disinvest from holdings related to fossil fuels, commit to net-zero endowment by 2050 and invest $140 million into renewable energy

By Calder Lewis , Christian Juliano and Jared Dougall   03/25/21  
The University of Michigan Board of Regents voted to discontinue investments in companies engaged in oil reserves, oil extraction or thermal-coal extraction at Thursday’s Regents meeting. The board also committed to a net-zero investment portfolio…
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Michigan coastal wetlands targeted in ‘ambitious’ new Great Lakes restoration plan

By Emily Bingham   03/23/21  
 What’s good for piping plovers, black terns and other Great Lakes birds is good for Great Lakes humans, too.
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Small Town Michigan Students Are Fundraising To Add 30 KW Of Solar To Their School

By Jennifer Sensiba   03/23/21  
A group of students at a middle and high school in East Jordan, Michigan didn’t like that their school runs on fossil fuels. Instead of just being sad about it, they decided to take matters into…
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