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Summer of Chicago Superheroes: From the Ballpark to the Beaches

Roger Germann | Posted 11.18.2014 | Green
Roger Germann

Superheroes in Chicago weren't limited to comic books and the movie screens this summer. I, along with the city of Chicago, celebrated our very own Jackie Robinson West representing the nation in the Little League World Series.

Oddly Intact Ship Located 115 Years After It Sank

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 09.12.2014 | Science

A 115-year-old mystery finally has been solved. In May 1899, a storm on Lake Superior caused a boat to sink so quickly that, as an eyewitness put i...

Kate Abbey-Lambertz

These Jaw-Dropping Night Sky Photos Seem Too Beautiful To Be Real

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 08.18.2014 | Travel

There's nothing like a night sky full of bright stars to remind you of the vastness of the universe -- and the breathtaking beauty of Mother Nature.

Katherine Boehrer

Can We Prevent Another Toledo Water Crisis?

HuffingtonPost.com | Katherine Boehrer | Posted 08.06.2014 | Green

Half a million residents of the Toledo, Ohio area were forced to live without tap water this past weekend after tests revealed the presence of a dange...

Disturbing Photos Show Why Algae Blooms Are A Growing Global Threat

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 08.07.2014 | Green

When more than 400,000 people were left without safe drinking water in Ohio and Michigan this past weekend, Lake Erie's troubling algae blooms receive...

Toledo's Troubles: Vivid Example of Why We Need to Act on Climate and Clean Water

Henry Henderson | Posted 04.22.2015 | Chicago
Henry Henderson

The troubles in Toledo this weekend might seem the stuff of science fiction, but the truth is that a major American city, perched along the Great Lakes just went three days without drinking water after pollution poisoned their supply.

The Unlikely Hero: Could Belugas Save the Great Lakes?

Roger Germann | Posted 09.21.2014 | Green
Roger Germann

Believe it or not, belugas are not only part of our Great Lakes system, but they might just help save our Great Lakes.

Kate Sheppard

Senate Candidate Gary Peters To Kochs: Come At Me, Bros

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 07.19.2014 | Politics

DETROIT -- Conservative operatives backed by the Koch brothers aren't very big fans of Rep. Gary Peters. But that's OK, because he's not a big fan of ...

10 Beaches That Will Make You Want To Visit The Great Lakes Immediately

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 07.07.2015 | Travel

Here's a problem we love to have: too many stunning beaches to choose from. That's the constant conundrum with the Great Lakes

This Is How An Oil Spill Could Cause Disaster For The Great Lakes

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 07.11.2014 | Green

A pipeline beneath an environmentally sensitive shipping channel would have disastrous consequences for the Great Lakes if it ruptured, according to a...

Detroit's Water Cutoffs: Counterproductive and Coldhearted

Rep. John Conyers | Posted 08.26.2014 | Detroit
Rep. John Conyers

Imagine a week without running water. Imagine not only the physical thirst but also the inability to bathe, to cook, or to clean. This is the reality right now in Detroit. But we can change it.

Microbeads

Peter Neill | Posted 08.23.2014 | Green
Peter Neill

There are alternatives: ground apricot shells and cocoa beans are proposed as substitute natural exfoliates for the various products. But if the industry ignores the argument and resists product modification, there is as always the option to legislate a solution.

Ever Really Thought About What's in Your Exfoliator?

Indie Lee | Posted 08.18.2014 | Green
Indie Lee

When it comes to getting the perfect summer glow, it's no secret that an exfoliator is a key player in the process. But, have you ever looked closely into your bottle and thought about what those tiny little beads of added texture actually are?

It Took Until June, But The Great Lakes are Finally Ice Free

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 06.12.2014 | Green

While the official beginning of summer is less than two weeks away, people in the Great Lakes region are just glad they're not still fending off winte...

53 Million Gallons Of Nuclear Waste May Soon Be Stored Right Next To The Great Lakes

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 05.20.2014 | Green

A proposed Canadian nuclear waste site near the shores of Lake Huron is facing mounting criticism from Michigan lawmakers who say it's dangerous and c...

Great Lakes Governors Join Forces to Battle Invasive Species

Roger Germann | Posted 07.05.2014 | Green
Roger Germann

For the first time ever, eight governors and two Canadian premiers -- separated by borders but connected by the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin -- signed a Mutual Aid Agreement to work together to fight aquatic invasive species such as Asian carp.

The Great Lakes Are Still Frozen And That's Actually A Big Deal

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 04.18.2014 | Green

Though more than a month has passed since ice coverage on the Great Lakes reached a near-record high, the amount of ice that still remains could have ...

What's the Matter with Illinois?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 06.15.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

While Illinois' unemployment rate has dropped marginally over the past five years, the unemployment rates in Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin have dropped more substantially.

BP's Lake Michigan Oil Spill: More Mess and Less Transparency From the Refinery Chicagoans Love to Hate

Henry Henderson | Posted 05.26.2014 | Chicago
Henry Henderson

The week of the Exxon Valdez disaster anniversary and a week after the Council of Canadians released a report highlighting the threat that tar sands oil imposes on the Great Lakes, BP did what it always does: crapped up Lake Michigan.

Great Lakes Day: Advocating in DC for Great Lakes Protection

Roger Germann | Posted 05.19.2014 | Green
Roger Germann

In a show of solidarity, something not often seen in Washington D.C., the Great Lakes Commission passed four resolutions, with Asian carp at the top of the list.

The Great Lakes Are Even More Beautiful When They're Frozen

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 03.12.2014 | Green

Spring might be around the corner, but the Great Lakes' historic freeze has led to some of the most spectacular scenes from this winter. Last Thur...

National Invasive Species Awareness Week: Five Ways You Can Keep the Lakes Great

Roger Germann | Posted 04.29.2014 | Green
Roger Germann

This week we recognize National Invasive Species Awareness Week and with Lake Michigan in the Shedd Aquarium's backyard, protecting the Great Lakes is an issue that literally is near to our heart -- so what better time to get involved?

New York Scrubs Microbeads

Marta Wohrle | Posted 04.21.2014 | Green
Marta Wohrle

The environmental hazard caused by microbeads was noted in Lake Erie, when a science professor and her class found plastic beads that are not biodegradable clogging the water.

Kate Abbey-Lambertz

'Once In A Lifetime' Ice Caves Form At Lake Michigan

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 02.15.2014 | Travel

If you trek to the Lake Michigan in the next couple weeks and hike along the frozen shore, you might find yourself standing on top of miles of spectac...

New York May Ban Your Face Wash To Save The Great Lakes

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 02.13.2014 | Green

With scientists warning that tiny plastic beads found in bath products are polluting the Great Lakes -- potentially by the millions -- New York state ...