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The Impending Climate Crisis Facing Chicago & Lake Michigan


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Chicago seems relatively well positioned: far from the oceans, relatively northern, and built on a massive fresh water source. However, below the surface, the climate crisis is threatening—literally and figuratively—the very foundations that the city was built on.  And it’s a battle being fought between the Great Lake, and the Great City.

The 21st spoke to author Dan Egan about the impending climate crisis facing Chicago and what that means for Illinoisans across the state. 


Dan Egan, Journalist in residence at the University of Wisconsin's School of Freshwater Sciences and author of the recent New York Times piece “A Battle Between a Great City and a Great Lake.” He’s also the author of the book “The Death and Life of the Great Lakes.”


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