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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.

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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From left, Lloyd Toliver, 9, TaNiccia Henry and Ean Toliver, 1, on their front porch. Credit: Nick Hagen
Detroit parent activists dealing with child lead poisoning educate other families and advocate for more testing and enforcement.
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Ryter Cooperative Industries' Karanja Famodou explains how solar energy works. Warren resident Andre Mason aspires to a career in renewable energy.  “I currently work for DTE, but I plan to one day leave substations and go into solar and other sustainable energy,” Mason told Planet Detroit. “I’m motivated by the environment and the children. Energy can be sustainable and still be done economically.” Mason was among eight attendees of Design-Build Green Hub’s solar panel workshop last week in partnership with Ryter Cooperative Industries.  Design-Build Green Hub is a space currently being constructed in Southwest Detroit that plans to host green construction and
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A mobile clinic aims to get more Detroit kids tested for lead poisoning, offering pop-up tests at local schools.
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Recent metro Detroit flooding lawsuits seek damages to help affected residents with cleanup costs, as well as permanent fixes.
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These Detroit groups are working to reduce child lead exposure from contaminated soil.
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The Department of Natural Resources launched the notification service as Detroiters voice frustration about the island park's frequent closures due to overcrowding on summer weekends.
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voluteer day at feedom freedom farm in detroit after floods
Detroit's recent floods damaged growers' crops and livelihoods -- but urban agriculture may also be part of the solution.
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detroit flooding hampton between maryland and wayburn kelly blunden
At the center of concerns about flooding and high water bills lies Detroit's combined sewer system, which leads to higher rates than in the suburbs.
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Mariners Park. Photo by Zaire Talon Daniels Detroiters want safer access to more green spaces, according to a community needs assessment survey unveiled by the Detroit Parks and Recreation Department during a virtual Town Hall last week. The survey, which includes responses from 629 adult participants from all over Detroit, is part of a larger strategic planning process to inform future parks & rec investments and priorities for the next five to ten years. The department looks to update its plan every five years to enable it to receive funding from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund. The planning process
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If you're looking for your next favorite Detroit park for a summer picnic or skate sesh, venture beyond the big ones to some of these other great spots.
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Why do people live longer in West Bloomfield than on Detroit’s east side?
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