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June 2023

Detroit recorded some of the world’s worst air pollution as air quality reached hazardous levels due to the ongoing Canadian and Michigan wildfires. (Jenna Prestininzi/Detroit Free Press)

Record setting poor air quality across the United States due to the wildfire smoke can have harmful, lasting effects on the human body. (Alejandro De La Garza/Time)

California is the latest state where insurance companies will stop selling coverage to homeowners in response to the worsening climate crisis. (Christopher Flavelle, Jill Cowan, Ivan Penn/New York Times)

The International Energy Agency (IEA) released a new report that shows clean energy investment is outpacing fossil fuel spending for the first time this year. (Cristen Hemingway Jaynes/EcoWatch)

New York City is sinking under its own weight, worsening flood risks to the city. (Meghan Bartels/Scientific American)

Tech incubator and business hub Newlab relocated to Ford’s new 30-acre mobility district in Detroit to develop transportation technology. (Nate Berg/FastCompany)

The Biden administration announced plans to distribute funds from the Inflation Reduction Act to retrofit hundreds of thousands of low-income housing to be more energy efficient. (Maxine Joselow/The Washington Post)

Climate change is fueling pollen production making seasonal allergies worse as the season starts earlier and lasts longer with more widespread effects. (Yasmin Tayag/The Atlantic)

Americans are very more unlikely than ever to purchase electric vehicles due to rising costs and lack of public charging infrastructure according to JD Power’s latest EV report. (Medora Lee/USA Today)

Calls grow for a new, modernized power grid to continue the United States push towards renewable energy, as researchers warn of the loss of current progress and environmental benefits achieved. (Editorial Board/The New York Times)

In April, DTE Energy announced the largest operating wind farm in Michigan is now online generating clean energy to over 78K homes. (Renewable Energy World)

Advocates hope the bottle return law in Michigan may be expanded in the coming years. (Stacy Gittleman/Downtown Publications)

New study reaffirms global climate change is human-made and causing CO2 levels to rise causing new climate concerns amongst scientists. (Fred Pearce/Wired)

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing stricter greenhouse gas emission cuts for fossil-fired power plants. (Rachel Frazin/The Hill)

A months long investigation into the Unites Status plans to capture carbon finds federal governments and local agencies lack the resources to safely pull it off. (Ben Lefebvre, Zack Colman/Politico)

Scientists published a new article warning sixth mass extinction driven by humans has likely started on land and in freshwater. (Becky Ferreira/Vice)

Americans support for nuclear power hits highest levels in over a decade. (Akielly Hu/Grist)

A new bill introduced in the Michigan Legislature aims to phase out dry-cleaning solvent that’s threatening health with contaminations and millions in taxpayer dollars. (Kelly House/BridgeMichigan)

The Supreme Court ruled against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulatory powers over protecting wetlands, putting millions of acres of wetlands at risk for pollution. (Andrew Chung/Reuters)

Studies find microplastics are in the air, the water, and even our bodies, as scientists explore the lasting effects microplastics can have on human bodies. (Laura Parker/National Geographic)

New York made climate history becoming the first state to ban natural gas stoves and furnaces in most new buildings. (Rachel Ramirez, Ella Nilsen/CNN)

The LA Times editorial board makes the case that California should follow New York’s lead in banning natural gas stoves as the fossil fuel makes up 10 percent of the state’s greenhouse emissions. (Editorial Board/The Los Angeles Times)

As Michigan remains the only US state without a statewide septic code, lawmakers aim to enact regulations that would help stop septic leaking polluting natural waters. (Kelly House/BridgeMichigan)

World Heritage data sets are being used to show human impact on the global environment in hopes of guiding future action to reverse the effects. (Emma J. Rosi, Emily S. Bernhardt, Irena Creed, Gene E. Likens, William H. McDowell/Eos)

Wildlife experts are studying bird and bat fatalities at wind turbines during migrations to guide future planning aimed at protecting species. (Public Library of Science/Phys.org)

Companies are investing more in American manufacturing than ever to take advantage of climate tax breaks from The Inflation Reduction Act, but taxpayers will pay the price in the end. (Jim Takersley, Brad Plumer/ The New York Times)

A new study found ancient ice sheet retreated at higher rates than previously thought, giving scientists a glimpse at potential issues we face with ice melt and rising sea levels due to global warming. (Kasha Patel, Chris Mooney/The Washington Post)

A look at the EPA’s potential opportunity to reduce climate pollution from fossil fuel amid the world reaching the highest CO2 concentrations recorded in history. (Jay Duffy, John Thompson/Clean Air Task Force)

Nickel mining in Indonesia to supply the global demand for electric vehicle batteries is leading to environmental ruin in the region. (Rebecca Tan, Dera Menra Sijabat, Joshua Irwandi/The Washington Post).

The growing effects of climate change put hundreds of millions around the globe at risk of more extreme weather, food scarcity and higher death rates. (Abrahm Lustgarten/ProPublica)

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