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Great Lakes’ water health having a ‘mid-life crisis’

The hostility from President Trump’s environmental adversaries is hardly without precedent in the Great Lakes region: For nearly a decade, when Stephen Harper served as Canada’s prime minister from 2006 to 2015, there were reports of muzzled scientists, lawlessness among polluters, and regulators unable to do meaningful enforcement because their agencies had become so budget-strapped. […]

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Jellyfish find their way into Washington’s Battle Ground Lake

Jodie Rogers was reluctant to tell too many people she spotted a jellyfish swimming in Battle Ground Lake because the first few didn’t buy it. “I thought no one would believe me,” Rogers said. For about the last 20 years, Rogers and her friend Caren Lorenz have kept a summertime ritual of swimming Battle Ground […]

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e-DNA tool detects invasive clams before they become a nuisance

When seeking a cure for a disease, early detection is often the key. The same is true for eliminating invasive species. Identifying their presence in a lake before they are abundant is vital. A recent University of Illinois study successfully used environmental DNA to detect invasive clams in California and Nevada lakes. Researchers believe this […]

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Waterfowl hunters: Stop the spread of invasive species

Duck hunters move a lot of equipment (decoys, dogs, waders, etc.) from one site to the next over the course of a waterfowl season. In their treks to various hunting sites, duck hunters need to make sure their gear is all they’re transporting and that they’re not unknowingly giving invasive species a free ride to […]

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The City Teenager vs. the Monstrous Snakehead

Morgan Krell, a 17-year-old wearing sunglasses and a cap, approached a dirty pond protected by tall reeds in Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens with his fly rod in hand. The Van Wyck Expressway whined above him and the World’s Fair Unisphere was visible in the distance. He nodded toward a plastic bag floating in […]

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Illinois’ Lt. Governor Floats a River Plan

Another proposed step to prevent Asian carp in the Illinois River from invading the Great Lakes needs a careful look, Illinois Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti said Monday morning aboard the twin-screw tugboat “Windy City” while it plied the Illinois River at Ottawa. In July, the Army Corps of Engineers released a new carp control system […]

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Debating Whether Reptiles or Amphibians Should Be House Pets

Reclining with a laptop on my couch in Brooklyn, I searched “buy lizard online” and clicked the first link. I filled my cart with a flying dragon, a couple of caimans, a red-eared slider turtle, a poison dart frog and an albino garter snake. I agreed to the terms and conditions, certifying that I knew […]

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The war of the worlds — in 2017

H.G. Wells’ 1898 novel, “The War of the Worlds,” provided the material for the infamous 1938 Halloween episode of the radio series, “The Mercury Theatre on the Air.” Orson Welles narrated an adaptation of the novel as a series of simulated news bulletins regarding a Martian invasion of Earth. The news bulletins, which caused mass […]

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Invasive or imperative? South Africa’s quandary over Nile tilapia

Popular and adaptable, Nile tilapia are leading cichlid production worldwide. So why is the species banned in three of South Africa’s nine provinces? As Conchita Milburn reports, managing South Africa’s tilapia stocks is a balancing act that pits the sector’s growth against conserving indigenous species.  Click on the following sentence to access the full story. […]

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A Double Dose that Impacts the Environment – Plastics Serve As Unlikely Transport For Non-Native Species

A study published in Science indicates an unlikely relationship between non-native species and plastics. The study found that plastics and other marine debris aided in transporting non-native species across the world’s oceans. With the increase of strong storms and coastal urbanization, this could lead to a drastic increase in the transmission of non-native–and potentially invasive–species.  Click on […]

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