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Planet Detroit

Planet Detroit helps you get smarter about the environment in Detroit and Michigan. Planet Detroit’s stories and weekly newsletter focus on explanatory, solutions-based and investigative reporting, and a deep commitment to community engagement around local environmental issues. Planet Detroit’s mission is to raise awareness about Metro Detroit’s environmental and public health issues, hold powerful entities accountable and help our audience connect with their local environment and take action to protect the health of their communities.

Over the last decade, electric bills in southeast Michigan have jumped while power outages have become more of a problem. Here's the 411 on our energy utility.
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Get the 411 on Detroit and regional water providers, rates and your water bill in the climate change era.
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In its second year, the Detroit Farmer Land Fund has raised over $100,000 to support around 40 farmers in their journey towards land ownership.  But it isn't that simple for the farmers.
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Soulardarity has been working to make Highland Park more self-sufficient since DTE repossessed its streetlights in 2011.
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Detroit is rethinking its climate strategy, this time leaving more power to its residents by providing them with tools and funding.
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Goodwill's GreenWorks industrial recycling program offers jobs to those with barriers to employment, with a model that reduces recidivism and helps grow the green economy.
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The proposal loosens requirements on lead testing in Detroit rental properties, while increasing penalties for landlords who don’t comply.
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Detroit group Canfield Consortium was awarded the $50,000 grant to activate an east side alley with a rain garden, community tool shed and more.
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Critics say the Detroit Community Benefits Ordinance isn't living up to its promise to give residents a voice in neighborhood development.
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Detroit has an anti-idling law on the books -- but police haven't written a single ticket.
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Southwest Detroit residents and City Councilwoman Raquel Castañeda-López are working to pass an ordinance to regulate truck traffic routes.
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While DTE recently blamed Michigan’s growing grid problems on the state’s wealth of “beautiful trees” hitting lines, industry experts and stakeholders say the company and regulators are responsible.
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