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Animated satellite data shows record-setting Great Lakes ice

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The longest period of ice cover in the Great Lakes officially ended on June 6 – much to the relief of everyone who suffered post-traumatic stress from last year’s harsh winter. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [NOAA] recently released a year’s worth of Great Lakes surface temperatures. The animation at right shows ice cover and temperature for one day each month of the year. The one below shows the same information for every day of the year. In the 40 years of collecting data there hasn’t been ice cover that has lasted this long, said Anne Clites, physical scientist for the NOAA. Continue Reading →

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Wisconsin scientists unveil climate change narratives for 2070

In one scenario, the researchers envision a toxic algae driving off or killing nine-tenths of the Madison area. Those who remain in 2070 live simple lives focused on survival. Illustration: John Miller for Yahara 2070, a University of Wisconsin-Madison project.

Will it take a disaster to respond to climate change?

A group of University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers on Wednesday released a series of detailed science-based scenarios envisioning life in 2070 in the Madison area’s Yahara Watershed.

The idea is to help people envision the effects of climate change before it worsens. Continue Reading →

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Mr. Great Lakes: Climate change, health and mussels

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Mr. Great Lakes (Jeff Kart) reports from Bay City, Michigan’s Delta College Q-90.1 FM. Mr. Great Lakes, Climate Change, Children’s Health and Mussels by Great Lakes Echo

This week, Kart discusses climate change in the Great Lakes, protecting children’s health and fighting mussels with algae. Text at Mr. Great Lakes Continue Reading →

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Other Great Lakes states fix potholes, why not Michigan?

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Michigan and nearby Great Lakes states might share road funding concerns, but the Mitten might not have access to the same solutions.
Michigan’s road funding is unique because of its comparatively low gas and diesel taxes, lower taxes for diesel than gas and an unusual funding formula that sends a disproportionate amount of money to rural areas. Continue Reading →

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Local officials convert paved roads to gravel as lawmakers debate funding repairs

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Michigan communities might see more local roads turned to gravel in coming months, thanks to winter’s remaining grip. The rough winter has given Michigan’s road funding concerns a violent push into statewide spotlight as discussion swirls at the Capitol. But road commissions across the state are eyeing the immediate impact that deeply rooted frost has on a local level. County road commissions have increasingly taken up the practice of permanently or temporarily turning paved roads into gravel in recent years to deal with issues of low funding and poor road conditions, said Joe Pulver, Clinton County Road Commission managing director. Last year, about half of Michigan counties were forced to convert paved roads to gravel, said Monica Ware, the communications and development manager for the County Road Association of Michigan. Continue Reading →

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