Environment

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America has a fresh water problem. Here’s why.

America's fresh water is in danger. The Great Lakes hold roughly 20% of the world’s surface freshwater, and Lake Erie alone provides drinking water to more than 11 million residents in the United States. But serious water quality, access and infrastructure problems are threatening our fresh water future.

When Roads Turn to Rivers: Rethinking Detroit’s Flood Infrastructure

Weather wasn’t kind to Detroit in 2021. In late June, Detroit experienced a 100-year flood event, followed by three tornadoes that threw salt in...

Should We Build Wind Turbines in the Great Lakes? Climate Advocates and Conservationists Are at Odds

The Great Lakes provide drinking water to more than 30 million people and support 311,000 jobs in tourism, recreation and transportation. But climate advocates...

How Dayton, Ohio is Modeling a Sustainable Future for Post-industrial Cities

Dayton, Ohio, a mid-sized city of about 140,000 people, is about as post-industrial as it gets; the city was built upon the aviation and...

The Hidden Wonders of the Pawpaw: Ohio’s Beloved State Native Fruit

The pawpaw looks unremarkable from the outside. Its oblong and slightly misshapen body encapsulated in a tough, greenish-yellow skin brings to mind a less-than-appetizing,...

Reclaiming the “Forest City”: Cleveland’s Quest to Regrow its Urban Tree Canopy

Cleveland is more well known for its industry than its greenery, so it might come as a surprise that one of the city’s many...

Taking a (Recycled) Page Out of South Korea’s Book: A Comparison of Global Sustainability Practices

You’re at your family’s annual Thanksgiving dinner party. You carefully fill your plate with turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce one by one...

A Tale of Two Great Lakes Cities (And Their Battles With Climate Change)

Both Chicago and Toledo were built upon swamps on the coast of the Great Lakes, and both are facing increasingly erratic lake water levels and weather patterns. But differing natural and manmade geographies mean one city will probably feel the effects of climate change sooner and more severely.

“Invisible Infrastructure”: How Aging Water Systems Impact Lake Erie’s Water Quality

We turn on the tap to get water, and we flush the toilet to send it away. But the “invisible infrastructure” behind these conveniences is a system that’s not only complex, but also problematic in a world where increasingly unpredictable weather patterns are straining our aging infrastructure.

“Water is Life”: Connecting Communities to Lake Erie’s Waterfront — And Its Future

Cuyahoga County has about 32 miles of Lake Erie shoreline — but only 10% of that is currently publicly accessible. Travel just over 100...

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