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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.

Canadian cannabis greenhouses are one of the reasons behind glowing skies over the Detroit River -- and a concern for migratory birds.
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Spigot with water dripping. Activists are testing drinking water in Detroit neighborhoods for lead.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed legislation Tuesday to halt water shutoffs during the pandemic.
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Applying a “green reparations” framework to the planned 27.5-mile walking and biking trail across Detroit.
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The 1990 election of Gov. John Engler ushered in a new era of deregulation, and, for the next several decades, governors and a largely GOP-controlled Legislature shredded environmental protections while defunding and gutting the state’s regulatory agencies. But now Michigan’s polluters face a new kind of check.
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Most of us pay our electricity bill without much question. But Detroit resident Shimekia Nichols has learned that critical questions are the first steps toward attaining democracy in a sector long dominated by convention.
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photo shows person in mask wearing vintage coat from mama coo's, one of our picks for sustainable gift shopping in detroit
Detroit holiday shopping, vintage edition: find sustainable, budget-friendly and stylish gifts guaranteed to stand apart.
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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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