The Indiana Audubon Society is giving a heads up to owl fans this winter, as another possible invasion of the all-white snowy owl is beginning in Indiana. The usually absent arctic owl only visits the state during cyclical “irruptions” occurring every four to five years, but numbers are expected to be higher due to an “echo effect” following last year’s population boom. Read the full story by WRBI – Batesville, IN.
Many of Minnesota and Ontario’s lakes are getting warmer, including Lake Superior. Researchers at the University of Minnesota Duluth and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources have found that surface-water temperatures in Lake Superior have consistently increased for decades, and these types of changes to the ecosystem can be hazardous for the lake’s prized fisheries. Read the full story by WTIP – Grand Marais, MN.
The crew from Stand Up for Great Lakes presented a $15,000 check to the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society during the annual memorial ceremony of the S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald. The donation money was collected during a fundraising paddleboard crossing of Lake Superior this summer. Read the full story by 9&10 News – Cadillac, MI.
Michigan’s new governor and attorney general are expected to try to undo state agreements with Enbridge to build a Line 5 oil pipeline tunnel, even if the current administration, as expected, pushes through the agreements before the end of the year. Read the full story by the Detroit Free Press.
When it comes to addressing climate change and fisheries, including on Lake Superior, many fisheries biologists and others addressing this topic focus on planning for change, rather than the solutions to climate change. In other words, the question “is climate change happening?” is no longer part of the equation for these biologists. Read the full story by WTIP – Grand Marais, MN.
The Great Lakes constitute 20 percent of the globe’s fresh water. They provide drinking water to 40 million people. And they’re now infested with invasive species. To get to the heart of this conversation, author Dan Egan and NPR reporter David Folkenflik wanted to hear from listeners about their stories and memories of the Great Lakes. Read and listen to the full story by WBUR – Boston, MA.
The Great Storm of 1913 was easily the Great Lakes region’s largest natural disaster ever. It was four days of chaos that packed blizzard conditions as well as hurricane-force winds. Read the full story by MLive.
Bundled in warm clothes during Minnesota’s first freezing weekend, hundreds of people stood silently at the base of the Split Rock Lighthouse under a gloomy grey sky — a fitting color for the commemoration. Read the full story by the Duluth News Tribune.
A decision on whether the Mackinac Bridge Authority oversees Enbridge’s construction of a 4-mile, pipeline-housing tunnel beneath the Straits of Mackinac could be aided by last-minute legislation introduced by Republican Sen. Tom Casperson that would clear the way for such an agreement. Read the full story by The Detroit News.
Londoners will want to have their winter woolies ready as a little bit of snow is forecast to fall on the city Monday night.
Environment Canada expects a mix of rain and snow to change to snow in the evening, dropping 2 cm of the white stuff by Tuesday morning.
The temperature will hover around the freezing mark overnight and begin falling throughout the day Tuesday to minus 4 C. That is considerably cooler than the 7.5 C average daytime high for this time of year.
The Huron County Health Unit’s study of any relationship between wind turbines and health complaints won’t be as detailed as they had hoped.
The County’s Acting Medical Officer of Health says of the five thousand people who live close enough to a turbine in Huron County to be eligible for the study, slightly over 100 registered for the study.
Doctor Maarten Bokhout says that means they won’t be able to do the rigorous study that would have provided a reasonable answer to the question of whether there are health problem related to turbines.
Smart thermostats are more popular than ever, and we can understand why. Not only are they a great way to regulate (and automate) the comfort of your house or cottage, but their versatility can also have huge financial implications. With the right settings, you can limit the amount of wasted energy on your property. But until recently, most smart thermostats have typically worked only with central heating systems.
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