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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.

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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Formed in 2020, the Black to the Land Coalition is a Detroit group "of Black, Indigenous and People of Color nature enthusiasts, intent on helping fellow BIPOC actively engage in meaningful outdoor adventures.”
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After a decade on the sidelines as over 100 Great Lakes region cities collaborated on common water issues, Detroit has bought in. Can it help drive a water infrastructure agenda? And what about shutoffs?
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As Michigan utilities braced for revenue loss during the pandemic, they instead earned up to $30 million beyond what they expected.
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Pollution and other environmental hazards in and around Michigan schools can cause health problems for students and staff, as well as developmental problems that can hamper students’ learning.
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