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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.

Alice Jennings, Donele Wilkins, Theresa Landrum and Monica Lewis-Patrick persevere in the relentless fight to secure environmental justice for the people of Detroit.
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Planet Detroit is your source for reporting on environmental issues in Detroit and Michigan, following the stories that impact you, your health and your community.
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Spigot with water dripping. Activists are testing drinking water in Detroit neighborhoods for lead.
Is compliance testing performed by the City of Detroit under Michigan's Lead and Water Copper rule adequate to the task of uncovering problems in the city's most vulnerable neighborhoods? A group of three "women water warriors" have come together to find out.
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local food guide detroit
The Hunger Files guide is a bite-sized taste of their wisdom about growing, preserving and finding local food in Detroit, with tips for things you can do, starting today.
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detroit farmers working on making a new area of grass into a garden
Brenda Sharpe of Detroit has had a personal garden for years, but for the last two she has grown a community garden on lots adjacent to her westside home with hopes of expanding into an urban farm.
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There may have never been a time when Detroit has needed trees more. A healthy urban canopy represents one of the most effective strategies for dealing with periods of extreme heat and flooding, which — according to the National Climate Assessment — are likely to be the two most significant impacts of climate change in the Midwest.
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Pressley worries that the pollen from flowering trees may be aggravating her asthma, and she said her neighborhood experiences more blackouts because storms frequently take down trees and branches, knocking out power lines.
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life in the cracks
Check out the art and observations submitted by Planet Detroit readers in our virtual exhibition!
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This is the first in a two-part series on the foodways of Indigenous Michiganders in partnership with Indigenizing the News, the Traverse City Record Eagle, and the Mishigamiing Journalism Project, a grant-funded effort that provides journalism fellowships to emerging Indigenous journalists.
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Kayaking at Belle Isle, state park in Detroit. Proposal 1 on Michigan ballots this election asks voters to make decisions about how public funds for parks and recreation should be spent.
Funding for parks and public lands sounds like an easy yes for conservationists -- but that’s an oversimplification of what’s at stake with Proposal 1, and not all environmentalists agree on this issue.
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Dr. Tony Reames
Dr. Reames is a Black researcher at the highest levels of academia studying issues that directly affect Black people.
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The change in the Grand Prix’s schedule is a striking turn of events for an issue that’s inspired such heated debate, including contentious public meetings, impassioned Op-Eds, questions over the race’s environmental impact and conflicting reports on its economic benefit.
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