A selection of Midwest Dispatches

Will Calling Out Indiana’s Super-Polluting Power Plants Lead to a Cleanup?” A recent study found that the state is home to four of the country’s most polluting power plants. But elected officials won’t even show up to hear their constituents’ concerns about it. January 2018

Climate Change May Bring Big Trouble to Big Bluestem (and the Cattle That Love Them)” As higher temperatures head north, the Great Plains’ grasslands are in for a transformation. December 2017

How Fish Autopsies Help in the Fight Against Asian Carp” Dead fish tell many tales—but can they persuade authorities to strengthen Lake Michigan’s defenses against these ecological saboteurs? October 2017

In East Chicago, Knowing Your Soil Is Toxic Is Only Half the Battle” Because it can take years before the government does anything about it. May 2017

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A selection of more stories

Collecting Down in a (Polar) Bear Market” A warming Arctic could be trouble for the eider duck—and for the Inuit communities that collect its insulating feathers. Hakai, November 2017

In Chicago, Controlled Fires Are Helping to Restore Crucial Bird Habitat” The burns, conducted by Audubon Great Lakes and others, stave off invasive plants while spurring new growth at sites across the region. Audubon, Summer 2017

8 Medical Inventions Created by NursesMental Floss, May 2017

One Casualty of White House Budget: Cleanup of Toxic Hotspots Along the Great Lakes” The proposed budget dedicates $0 to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, which restores polluted land and water leftover from manufacturing, lumber, and mining industries. Audubon, March 2017

Could power plant waste help cut water pollution?” Sciencemag.org, November 2016

The Most Important Bird Law in the Country Needs an Overhaul” One of our oldest bird regulations is due for an update—and the sooner the better. Audubon, Fall 2016

Amid budget fight, Illinois State Museum prepares to close” Sciencemag.org, September 2015

Looks Fishy, Tastes Fishy. But Where’s the Fish?” Science Friday.com, July 2015

Nail Biting May Arise Through Perfectionism” Far more than a nervous habit, body-focused repetitive behaviors may be a response to boredom and frustration. Scientific American Mind, June 2015