Environment

“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...

Oak Savannas — A Story of Midwestern Resilience

I first heard of oak savannas as a high school student while reading a biology textbook. They were described as one of the most...

Catching Up on the Midwest’s Wolves

At the end of October 2020, the Trump administration finalized a rule that delisted gray wolves in the lower 48 states from the Endangered...

A Cautionary Tale, Twice Over: Surface Water Quality on Lake Erie

“They’ll walk on their fins and get woefully weary, in search of some water that isn’t so smeary, I hear things are just as...

How Climate Change is Transforming how the Midwest Farms

Joe Logan grew up milking dairy cows as a fifth-generation dairy farmer and now raises food-grade soybeans, corn, wheat, barley, hay and grass-fed beef,...

Safeguarding the Stars (and Where to See Them)

Summer weather in the Midwest is a gift after months of frigid temperatures and snow, and once it starts to warm up, city slickers...

Building the Midwest’s Carbon-free Future with Nuclear Energy

In 1942 in a laboratory beneath the bleachers of the University of Chicago’s football field, Enrico Fermi and a team of scientists set the...

Ecologist Leslie Brandt on How Urban Forests Can Help Us Adapt to Climate Change

Northern Wisconsin is dotted with lakes formed by glaciers, low-lying areas carpeted with peat moss and cranberries, wetland and upland areas lush with conifers...

Dear Erie III.

As the Great Black Swamp was drained and cut down acre by acre, a manmade tile and ditch system took its place. At the...
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“The triple whammy” | Amilcar Challu

In the past year, wildfires, hurricanes, record temperatures and more devastated populations already struggling with a raging global pandemic. Midstory talks to Dr. Amilcar Challu, professor of History at Bowling Green State University, about the ways the environment deeply influences our social and political realities.

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