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Above average number of wildfires predicted by summer’s end

Great Lakes Echo: This could be an above average year for wildfires in the Great Lakes region. A federal report from the National Predictive Services Program anticipates the potential for higher than the average number of wildfires for the region by the end of summer. The report is produced under the National Wildfire Coordinating Group, a coalition of state and federal agencies that set wildfire training and equipment standards. It predicts a small increase of wildfires this year for the lower region of Michigan,...

Great Lakes wetlands may mitigate climate change

Great Lakes Echo: Long valued for biological diversity and flood control, Great Lakes coastal wetlands are now seen as a tool to suck up and store excess carbon dioxide. It’s an important function as researchers seek to blunt climate change caused by that greenhouse gas. “Wetlands are at the top of the list of best systems for sequestering carbon on the landscape,” said William Mitsch, professor emeritus at Ohio State University and director of the Everglades Wetland Research Park at Florida Gulf Coast University....