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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.

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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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Flooding in and around Detroit is more than an inconvenience -- research shows that it has lasting public health ramifications.
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A new study shows that Detroit is in serious danger from a simultaneous heatwave and power outages that causes blackouts.
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Whatever success Detroit has reining in the health impacts from air pollution in a post-COVID world will follow on some notable achievements by activists.
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U.S. Steel's operations on Zug Island are indefinitely idled -- but the Detroit River site remains an industrial icon.
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COVID-19 is a public health crisis on its own -- but the pandemic has also revealed the systemic health factors that harm Detroit residents day in and day out.
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Travis Peters runs Green Boots, a garden that provides food, employment and therapeutic outdoor space for veterans in Detroit.
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For 19-year old Uriel Llanas, it was the starry night and clean air on a trip to Detroit's Scout Hollow campground that got him hooked on nature.
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Antonio Rafael and the Detroit Leadership and Environmental Education Program are filling the nature gap specifically for BIPOC students.
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