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

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 07.14.2014 | 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

Nasty: Another Chicago River Re-Reversal Highlights Need for Climate Action

Henry Henderson | Posted 07.02.2014 | Chicago
Henry Henderson

From 2007 through 2013, records show, the district released nearly 32 billion gallons of runoff and wastewater into the lake. By contrast, 12 billion gallons poured out from 1985 through 2006, the year the Deep Tunnel sewer pipes were completed.

Windy City Happening: Dillo Day 2014 at Northwestern (PHOTOS)

Justin Barbin | Posted 06.09.2014 | Chicago
Justin Barbin

Northwestern University's Mayfest organization hosted its 42nd annual Dillo Day along the shores of Lake Michigan last week to an estimated crowd of over 9,000 attendees.

Gargantuan Fog Cloud Swallows Lake Michigan, Shows Mother Nature Means Business

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 05.23.2014 | Green

In the movies, when a huge cloud of fog creeps closer and closer, it usually means the heroes should run. But when two fishermen saw the real-life ver...

'New Geological Phenomenon' May Have Been Found In Indiana

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 04.28.2014 | Green

Mysterious holes that were discovered at an Indiana sand dune last year -- and which nearly swallowed a child -- will keep a Lake Michigan park closed...

Nude Body May Have Lain Frozen On Beach For Months

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 04.16.2014 | Crime

Three bikers riding on a remote Lake Michigan beach never expected to come across a dead body -- so when they did, they weren't even sure that's what ...

BP Lake Michigan Oil Spill: Did Tar Sands Spill Into the Great Lake?

Steve Horn | Posted 05.28.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

With a drinking water source for seven million people at stake, this "tar sands name game" is one with high stakes indeed.

BP Doubles Initial Size Estimate of Lake Michigan Oil Spill

Steve Horn | Posted 05.27.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Three days after spilling crude oil into Lake Michigan, BP has doubled its spill estimate to between 470 and 1228 gallons. The leak happened at its refinery in Whiting, Ind. Although some of the oil has been cleaned up, it's unclear how much is left in the lake, a drinking water source for about seven million Chicagoans.

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.

Kate Sheppard

The House Did Something Good For The Environment For A Change

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 03.05.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Congress has finally broken its lengthy dry spell on granting wilderness protection to designated areas of the country. On Tuesday, t...

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?

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...

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...

WATCH: These Aren't Rocks

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green

Goodness gracious, great balls of fire ice! As the so-called "polar vortex" slowly releases its frigid grip on the Midwest, it's leaving an odd sig...

Viral Photo Of Frozen Lake Michigan Lighthouse Is Kind Of A Hoax

Posted 01.23.2014 | Green

A stunning photograph of an ice-covered lighthouse on Lake Michigan spread like wildfire on Twitter Tuesday, as users wielded the snowy picture as pro...

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.

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...

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.

Ashley Woods

Alarming Toxins Found In Great Lakes

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

WATCH: Towering Double Waterspouts Spotted

The Huffington Post | Ashley Woods | Posted 09.12.2013 | Green

While a funnel cloud sighting over land is a signal to seek shelter, spotting a tornadic waterspout is a moment of unforgettable wonder. It's waterspo...

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...

Louisiana gives the green light to a publicly opposed coal terminal

Susan Buchanan | Posted 10.31.2013 | Green
Susan Buchanan

(This is an updated version of an Aug. 26, 2013 article in "The Louisiana Weekly.") On Friday, Louisiana's Department of Natural Resources gave RAM T...

Here's to a Great Beach Vacation in... Chicago

Pam Grout | Posted 10.09.2013 | Chicago
Pam Grout

The third largest city in America has more than 26 miles of free, public beaches (more, in fact, than Bermuda), all with gorgeous views of Chicago's stellar skyline.

Beating The Heat 70s Style

Tom Cramer | Posted 09.26.2013 | Fifty
Tom Cramer

I think the moms had a secret summer schedule: rotate the hosting house, sprinkler placement and Kool-Aid. That facilitated cool kids, happy dads and beautiful lawns.