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.   

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For Christians, the weeks leading up to Easter are a time of sacrifice. And many observe by giving up chocolate, alcohol or other treats.

But the Anglican Church has another suggestion this year. It's urging members to take the Lent Plastics Challenge and reduce their use of straws, cups, bottles and many other plastic products.

A politically divided America finds little common ground on the environment, according to a national survey by the Pew Research Center.

Although 81 percent of Democrats said protecting the environment should be a top priority, only 37 percent of Republicans agreed. And though 68 percent of Democrats said dealing with climate change should be a top priority, just 18 percent of Republicans agreed.

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A coalition of environmental groups involved in protecting the Great Lakes, says President Trump’s 2019 budget and infrastructure plan are both “dead on arrival.” And members are asking Congress to preserve funding for the lakes -- as it did last year.  


President Trump pushed Monday to slash funding for the Great Lakes -- repeating a move he made last year.

Trump released a budget proposal that would slash funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative from $300 million annually to $30 million.

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