The 'summer of climate change'

July 8, 2019 | CO2 413.15 ppm <<

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Is this the ‘summer of climate change’?

After a steamy few days in Detroit, climate change is on our minds. This was the hottest European June ever recorded in Earth’s history*, climate change-related flooding impacted the Great Lakes coast and Midwest farmland, and a heat wave greeted tourists in Europe. It’s all adding up to something approaching a sense of urgency.

So how should media cover the climate crisis? That’s the topic of an NYT piece that covers the internal debate in journalism. At its essence is the question: How can journalists report on the alarming effects of the climate crisis without causing people to tune out? We’d love to hear your thoughts— HIT REPLY to let us know what you think.

*correction: a prior version claimed June was the hottest month recorded; it was the hottest June recorded.

Detroit | Breaking high water records, sail away with Metro Times’ boat issue, Metroparks to address inclusiveness, declining visitors

Highest water since 1918 | Lake St. Clair is set to break its record for high water all year long, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The agency began recording Great Lakes water levels in 1918. Beachgoers should take extra precaution this year.

Boating = summer | The Metro Times’ second annual boat issue includes where to rent a boat, why the Tiki boat has become a craze, and a rundown of the best uninhabited islands in Lake St. Clair and the Detroit River.

Meet you at the Metropark? | The Huron-Clinton Metroparks will spend nearly a half-million on an advertising campaign to woo visitors. The theme, “They’re your MetroParks”, will look to increase inclusivity. Related: This video showing a Metroparks officer allegedly hurling racist remarks at an Arab-American family of Metroparks-goers at Lake Erie Metropark on the Fourth of July.

Big plans for Dossin | Belle Isle’s Canada-facing side is set to get a big makeover with a $4.9 million upgrade at the Dossin Great Lakes Museum. Funds raised by the Detroit Historical Society support a plan to include a kayak launch, event space, and more.

Where are the water taxis? | They’ve been put on the back burner but have not yet fallen off the stove, according to the Detroit/Wayne County Port Authority, who may be looking for qualified operators by the end of the year. The agency received a $2.4 million federal grant to purchase ferries in 2010.

Michigan | Fishing regs pit sport against commercial, energy supply is ’sufficient’, drink to the piping plover

Who gets to catch lake trout, perch and walleye? | Michigan’s commercial fishing industry is a shadow of its former self, and state regulators are trying to figure out what to do. Two opposing sets of bills now under consideration would either expand commercial fishing in Michigan waters of the Great Lakes to include the game species, or make them game-only species and tighten regulations on commercial fishing.

Don’t tax my solar panels | A bill preventing Michigan municipalities from including residential solar panels as taxable improvements was passed in the Michigan House and Senate and is being sent to Governor Whitmer, where she expected to sign it.

Drink to the piping plover | One species threatened by high water levels is the already-threatened piping plover, which nests along the shoreline. A new partnership between the Detroit Zoo and Griffin Claw offers a new pilsner to raise awareness about the piping plover’s plight and contributes proceeds to the cause.

Enough energy? | The Michigan Public Service Commission released a draft statewide energy assessment on July 1 that included 36 recommendations for improvement. “Overall, the energy system is strong but would benefit from increased resilience, strengthened infrastructure interconnections and improved communication,” MPSC commissioner Sally Talberg said in a statement. The draft assessment was released on a day with multiple electrical outages across Metro Detroit. It was ordered by Governor Whitmer in the wake of the polar vortex earlier this year.

See | Insta-photo pick

Congrats to @camera_jesus as he embarks on his National Geographic dream adventure. We can’t wait to see the spread on the Great Lakes in the magazine.

Connect | Engage with Detroit’s environment

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July 8 | Hoopin’ at the Park | Ella Fitzgerald Park >>>

July 10 | Earthwork Music Festival | Dequindre Cut >>>

July 13 | Palmer Woods Home & Garden Tour | Palmer Woods >>>

July 13 | Eco-Eating Tour: Burnside Farm | Detroit >>>

July 13 | Ecological Lullaby of the Rouge | Rouge Park >>>

July 14 | Detroit Kite Festival | Belle Isle >>>

July 15 | Mogo Street Skills- Biking 101 | Detroit >>>

July 19 | Elmwood Cemetery Bird Walk | Detroit >>>

July 20 | Native bee walk & talk | Detroit >>>

July 23 | Detroit Riverfront Past, Present & Future Walking Tour | Detroit Riverfront >>>

July 23 | Meadows of the Arboretum | Royal Oak Arboretum >>>

July 24 | Learn about invasive species management | Detroit >>>

July 25 | A Talk with Anna Clark, Author, The Poisoned City | Wyandotte >>>

July 27 | Mushroom Walk | Royal Oak >>>

August 4 | Rouge Park Annual Butterfly Walk | Detroit >>>

August 8 | Gardens of Detroit Bus Tour | Detroit >>>

August 10 | Beekeeping Basics | Detroit >>>

August 24| Joe Louis Greenway Tour & Fundraiser | Detroit >>>

August 28 | Urban agriculture bike tour | Detroit >>>

September 7 | Native Plant Sale, North Oakland Headwaters Land Conservancy | Clarkston >>>

September 8 | Make Food Not Waste | Eastern Market >>>

September 10 | The 13th Annual Garden Party on Belle Isle | Belle Isle >>>

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