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What climate change means for Great Lakes cities

Climate change affects every person on this planet. In the Midwest and beyond, our members provide strong environmental coverage. 

Read stories in the collaboration below.

Impact Report

Collaboration reaches 13 states and four national outlets

The collaboration produced 12 stories and reached about 103,272 unique visitors across six outlets participating in the partnership. The project was also recognized with a 2020 Great Lakes Leadership Award from the Great Lakes Protection Fund.

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From Rust to Resilience
Ensia April 20, 2020

Even as Great Lakes cities cope with economic turbulence, climate change brings new challenges and opportunities.

After the flood
Belt Magazine April 21, 2020

How is Chicago coping with the effects of climate change?

Shelter against extremes
The Conversation U.S. April 22, 2020

To protect people in the Great Lakes region from climate extremes, weatherize their homes.

‘Third Coast’ at risk
Side Effects Public Media April 23, 2020

Climate change threatens Great Lakes shoreline with erosion.

Minnesota Power
MinnPost April 24, 2020

For those pushing for a carbon-free Duluth, the biggest roadblock may be a company that has long been critical to the region’s economy.

Single Systems
Great Lakes Now April 24, 2020

Great Lakes cities’ sewer designs mean waste in the waters.

Great Lakes Now Presents: From Rust to Resilience
Great Lakes Now April 28, 2020

Meet the citizens, city leaders and scientists who are working to manage the impacts of climate change in the region.

A future with less coal
MinnPost April 28, 2020

As energy use changes in the Great Lakes, so too does the Port of Duluth-Superior.

Climate change comes to Duluth
Ensia April 29, 2020

Perched on the western shore of the world’s greatest lake, this freshwater port community offers lessons for resilience in uncertain times.

The Fight Over Wind Power in Lake Erie
Belt Magazine April 30, 2020

The contested case of the Icebreaker Wind Farm has implications for renewable energy in the region.

Green and growing
WUWM Milwaukee May 1, 2020

A Milwaukee neighborhood pushes toward climate resilience.

The collaboration included six INN members (Belt Magazine, The Conversation U.S., Ensia, Great Lakes Now, MinnPost and Side Effects Public Media), as well as WUWM Milwaukee. The Water Main was an engagement partner and Indiana Public Broadcasting collaborated with Side Effects Public Media.

This project was made possible by the Connected Coastlines initiative of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, with additional support from the funders of INN’s Amplify News Project, including the Joyce Foundation and the Robert R. McCormick Foundation.

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