In 1962, June brought us 'Silent Spring'

On June 16, 1962, The New Yorker published one of those articles that aspires to -- and achieves -- something much larger. The first part of the series was called Silent Spring-I , and Rachel Carson's words (later converted to book form) became the anthem of America's fledgling environmental movement. Her article began simply, like a fairy tale: "There was once a town in the heart of America where all life seemed to be in harmony with its surroundings ... .

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by ANGELICA A. MORRISON

Huge pot farm coming to Great Lakes region

Canada is moving to legalize recreational use of marijuana, and officials predict that it’s likely to happen by the end of the year. As pot suppliers gear up for the change. one huge greenhouse being built near the U.S. border is raising some concerns.

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Is new shipwreck discovery Lake Erie’s oldest?

Cleveland Underwater Explorers may have discovered Lake Erie’s oldest shipwreck, the Lake Serpent .

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Environmental Injustice

In the Great Lakes region, minorities face a greater burden from air pollution, water contamination and other environmental hazards. A look at the issue – and related health problems.

New Faces, New Issues

Teddy Roosevelt and John Muir helped launch the nation’s environmental movement more than a century ago. Great Lakes Today explores the forces – and people -behind the transformation of the movement.

Video: Salt mine lies 1,800 feet under Lake Erie

Have you ever wondered where road salt comes from? One source is the Whiskey Island Cargill Salt Mine, which lies far below the floor of Lake Erie.

Environment

The Great Lakes are significantly cleaner today, now that many of the region's factories have closed. But environmental challenges -- including pollution and invasive species -- remain.

History

For centuries, the Great Lakes have served as an important food source and trade route for people living along their shore.

Recreation

The Great Lakes are the home to a wide range of recreation -- from sailboat and powerboat races to fishing tournaments. They're also a draw for tourists.

Development

Across the Great Lakes region, the shoreline is being targeted for increased development.

Invasive Species

The Great Lakes ecosystem has been severely damaged by more than 180 invasive and non-native species.

Shipping

The Great Lakes is often referred to as the "fourth seacoast." U.S. and Canadian lake fleets annually haul upwards of 125 million tons of cargo, including iron ore, limestone and coal.

Regulation

The Great Lakes, which straddle the U.S.-Canada border, are subject to multiple layers of regulation.

Farming

Great Lakes agriculture generates more than $15 billion a year and it accounts for 7% of total U.S. food production. Agricultural practices shape the health of the lakes and the farming economy.