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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 | 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 ...

IUCN Releases First Online Global Freshwater Biodiversity Atlas

Charles Knapp, Ph.D. | Posted 04.08.2014 | Green
Charles Knapp, Ph.D.

Inland lake habitat. © Dr. Solomon David. Guest blog by: Dr. Solomon David, Postdoctoral Research Associate Daniel P. Haerther Center for Conse...

Invasive Species Attack Is An Opportunity For Chicago

Henry Henderson | Posted 04.07.2014 | Chicago
Henry Henderson

If you are serious about stopping the movement of invasive species between North America's greatest freshwater systems via our town's rivers and canals, you have to build a physical barrier.

This Is An Amazing Use For Drones

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 01.24.2014 | Green

Lake Michigan might be more stunning in winter than any other season -- at least when seen from this remarkable angle. Jeff Zita, a student at Hop...

High Stakes of the Great Lakes: Invasive Species

Roger Germann | Posted 03.11.2014 | Green
Roger Germann

Although it might seem that this is a localized issue in one city or state, Asian carp affects each of the 42 million people living in the 140 communities around the Great Lakes Basin.

Good News For Great Lakes Wetlands

AP | JOHN FLESHER | Posted 03.07.2014 | Green

MONROE, Mich. (AP) — Honking geese soar overhead in a V formation, buffeted by bitter gusts off nearby Lake Erie, while flocks of mallards bob along...

New Year Brings New Recommendations for Great Lakes' Future

Roger Germann | Posted 03.05.2014 | Green
Roger Germann

Every year, millions welcome the start of the New Year as an opportunity to reflect and resolve. It seems fitting that we begin 2014 with our own version of resolutions that seek a shared result -- a healthy Great Lakes ecosystem for many new years to come.

'Green News Report' - December 17, 2013

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 02.16.2014 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

TWITTER: @GreenNewsReport FACEBOOK: Green News Report The 'GNR' is also now available on your cell phone via Stitcher Radio's mobile app! IN TODAY'S ...

The Possibilities of Ports: Is Development of Port Infrastructure the Next Step for Great Lakes Cities?

Roger Germann | Posted 02.15.2014 | Green
Roger Germann

Imagine a bustling urban port: ships unload cargo from all over the world; local products are packed and loaded for export; and ferries shuttle sightseers from shore to shore. This sounds like a scene from Europe, where shipping vessels and ferries connect cities. But could this scene represent the future of Chicago and our neighbors on the Great Lakes?

Tar Sands' Next Frontier: Shipments on the Great Lakes

Steve Horn | Posted 02.02.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

The Great Lakes, drinking water source for over 40 million North Americans, could be the next target on tar sands marketers' bullseye according to a major new report out by the Chicago-based Alliance for the Great Lakes.

Great Lakes Water Levels Recover From Record Lows

AP | JOHN FLESHER | Posted 11.21.2013 | Green

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Abundant rain and snowfall have given the Great Lakes a boost this year, but it's too early to declare an end to slumpin...

Enemy at the Gates: Asian Carp Breeding in Great Lakes Watershed

OnEarth | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green

By Jason Bittel, OnEarthFifty years ago, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service imported a species of Asian carp to Arkansas as part of an initiative to c...

Hey cosmetics industry: get your plastic out of the Great Lakes!

OnEarth | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green

By Susan Cosier, OnEarthGot an exfoliating face wash in your medicine cabinet? You might not know it, but that face wash--along, most likely, with som...

Asian Carp DNA Found In Lake Michigan

AP | JOHN FLESHER | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A water sample from Lake Michigan's Sturgeon Bay in Wisconsin has tested positive for DNA from invasive Asian carp, alth...

Kate Abbey-Lambertz

Tiny Plastic Beads Are Invading The Great Lakes. Here's How To Stop Them. | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 10.30.2013 | Green

Several months ago, scientists warned that tiny microbeads, a common ingredient in facial cleansers, were flowing into the Great Lakes, with no way t...

Great Fish, Great Lakes: Celebrating National Seafood Month

Roger Germann | Posted 10.24.2013 | Green
Roger Germann

Sometimes, when we talk about sustainable seafood at Shedd, people wonder why we include the Great Lakes. After all, when people think about seafood, images of fishing boats along the Atlantic or Pacific coasts often come to mind.

Door County, Wisconsin

David Landsel | Posted 10.24.2013 | Travel
David Landsel

During the fall season, when the colors really start to pop, this idyllic bit of countryside becomes one of the best places to experience a truly classic American autumn. Here are some very good reasons why you should go (and what you should do when you get there).

Ashley Woods

Alarming Toxins Found In Great Lakes | Ashley Woods | Posted 09.27.2013 | Green

Researchers testing water samples in the Great Lakes found alarming traces of prescription drugs, caffeine and other chemicals in Lake Michigan. Sc...

Despite Concern, Plenty of Hope for Great Lakes

Roger Germann | Posted 11.03.2013 | Green
Roger Germann

August brought challenging news for the Great Lakes. Researchers announced the expansion of a dead zone in Lake Michigan near Green Bay.

27 Reasons The Great Lakes Are Truly Greatest

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 07.05.2014 | Travel

Lake Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie and Superior. To some, those names might not mean much. What's a lake when you have the ocean, someone from Califo...

Kid Power: Building the Next Generation of Great Lakes Stewards

Roger Germann | Posted 10.05.2013 | Green
Roger Germann

In our own way, each of us in the Great Lakes region can contribute to similar experiences for the next generation. For me, it's seeing the sense of wonder in my children's' eyes as they discover new treasures on the shoreline.