Environews, Regulars and Shorts

Environews: Ski resorts demand climate change action

By Amy Brunvand

Ski Utah, the marketing arm of the Utah Ski & Snowboard Association, is getting worried about the effects of climate change.

–by Amy Brunvand

A letter to Utah Governor Herbert warned that a predicted four degrees of warming by the end of the century would mean economic ruin for the skiing industry. The letter asked Herbert to support the EPA Clean Power Plan and specifically for Utah to submit a strategy in order to achieve the targets set forth in the plan.

Ski Utah letter: skiutah.com/media-room/keep-utah-cool/POW_Letter.pdf

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More November Environews: 

Tim DeChristopher calls for end to public lands oil leasing

Climate justice activist Tim DeChris­topher, who famously went to prison for protesting oil and gas leasing in Utah in December 2008, has become the public face of a coalition of activists who are calling on President Obama to end all new fossil fuel leasing on public lands

Sage grouse decision sparks political tantrums

This fall, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced a landmark decision not to put sage grouse on the Endan­gered Species List because collaborative conser­vation efforts by federal and state agencies and private landowners seem to be working. The success of these efforts should be something to celebrate.

Bishop kills Land and Water Conservation Fund

Utah Congressman Rob Bishop (R-UT-1) used his position as chair of the House Committee on Natural Resources to kill off the Land and Water Conser­vation Fund (LWCF), a popular conservation program that uses money from offshore oil and gas leases to purchase new public land for conservation and recreation

Neighborhood byway through Liberty Park

Construction is underway to turn 600 East through Liberty Park into a “Neighborhood Byway,” also known as a bicycle boulevards

Bear River dam permit denied

The federal government has recommended denial of a permit for a 109-ft.-tall hydroelectric dam on the Bear River in Idaho

This article was originally published on November 5, 2015.