Samantha Harrington

Climate change transforms Great Lakes forests

Second of three parts In Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest in northern Wisconsin, it's easy to see what makes the forests of the Upper Midwest so special. They transition between Southern trees like oak and white pine, and the northern trees like fir and spruce. But climate change is bringing more intense storms – as well as warmer winters. And that can hurt forests.

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ANGELICA A. MORRISON

Great Lakes vineyard confronts climate change

First of three parts Reports on climate change often highlight the impact to America's coastal cities. But plants, crops and trees are also at risk -- and the harm can spread well beyond field and forest.

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Kevin Lavery, WKAR

Move over Uber -- the Army's testing driverless vehicles

The Blue Water Bridge soars more than 200 feet above the St. Clair River at the southern tip of Lake Huron. Every day, thousands of people cross this span, which stretches for more than a mile between the United States and Canada. Crossing a bridge this high and long can be a little unsettling, even for an experienced driver. But what if you could make the trip with your foot off the gas and your hands off the wheel?

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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.

Healing Our Waters conference, 2017

Great Lakes Today covered the conference in Buffalo with stories and video interviews.

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.

Invasive Species

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

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.

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.

Development

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