Energy & The Environment

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From Great Lakes Now to Beyond the Light Switch, Detroit Public Television brings you in-depth coverage and reporting of important energy and environmental issues.

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  • Biden forest plan stirs dispute over what counts as “old”
    by The Associated Press on May 20, 2022 at 6:00 pm

    By Matthew Brown and Matthew Daly, Associated Press BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — President Joe Biden’s order to protect the nation’s oldest forests against climate change, wildfires and other problems devastating vast woodlands is raising a simple yet vexing question: When does a forest grow old? Millions of acres are potentially on the line — federal land that could eventually get new protections or remain open to logging as the administration decides which trees to count under Biden’s order covering “old growth” and “mature” forests. Read Now at Great Lakes Now.

  • Dam Accounting: Taking Stock of Methane Emissions From Reservoirs
    by The Revelator on May 20, 2022 at 5:00 pm

    By Tara Lohan, The Revelator This story originally appeared in The Revelator and is republished here as part of Covering Climate Now, a global journalism collaboration strengthening coverage of the climate story. This month regulators greenlighted a transmission line that would bring power generated from Canadian hydroelectric dams to New York City. Read Now at Great Lakes Now.

  • National Guard to help with northeastern Minnesota flooding
    by The Associated Press on May 20, 2022 at 4:00 pm

    ST. PAUL (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz on Thursday activated the National Guard to help control record flooding in areas of northeastern Minnesota. Emergency management officials in St. Louis and Koochiching counties requested the assistance to deal with high water caused by heavy spring rains and rapid snowmelt throughout the Rainy River Basin. Read Now at Great Lakes Now.

  • Drinking Water News Roundup: $3M invested in Illinois water system, coal ash rule means safer water in Indiana
    by Tynnetta Harris on May 19, 2022 at 8:00 pm

    From lead pipes to PFAS, drinking water contamination is a major issue plaguing cities and towns all around the Great Lakes. Cleaning up contaminants and providing safe water to everyone is an ongoing public health struggle. Keep up with drinking water-related developments in the Great Lakes area. Click on the headline to read the full story:   Illinois: Illinois American Water Announces Investment of Over $3 Million in Sterling Water System During National Infrastructure Week – Business Wire Illinois American Water is investing over $3 million to replace over 8,600 feet or 1.6 miles of water main throughout the Sterling Water System. Read Now at Great Lakes Now.

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