Living on lakes lengthens life


Scientists on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean determined that people who live near water tend to live longer. A research team at the University of Exeter in Great Britain found that correlation in British census data on human health and the environment. Theories for the possible link include less stress, more outdoor activity, a calmer lifestyle, and the soothing effects of sunsets and walks on a beach. Wealth was not a factor. People of limited means showed the biggest gains in life spans.

Can unsightly algae spark environmental action?

While another algae-filled summer appears to face Lake Erie, an international panel has made curbing the region’s nutrient runoff a binational priority. The problem threatens public health and the economy. Can it prompt action?

Energy policy and water interconnected

Ohio Gov. John Kasich silenced many of his critics on July 15 when he vetoed legislation fellow Republican Party conservatives engineered that would have gutted the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact. Kasich is now in position to preserve even more Great Lakes water.