June 2018

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June 2018

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Alternative Therapies

Bee Venom Therapy

“What I learned in 18 months of stinging myself with bees.” People have been stinging themselves with bees for purposes of health since time immemorial. Therapeutic bee stings were …

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Home, Nature, Permaculture

Swarming Means Free Bees!

Life in the hive—and what happens when the population gets out of hand. After a bee colony has come through a winter really well (not an easy task) and started collecting nectar an …

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Environmental Politics

A Winter Problem with Year-Round Solutions

Two recent studies correlate winter air pollution to short-term health risks along the Wasatch Front. We’ve long known the hazards of a lifetime spent breathing polluted air, but t …

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Community, Urban Planning

Youth Action: Collaboration, Innovation and Sustainability

The University of Utah’s Sustainable Campus Initiative Fund. About 150,000 honey bees living in a dozen hives call the University of Utah home. You’ll find them in the rooftop gard …

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Garden, Home, Live

The Urban Almanac: June 2018

A monthly compendium of random wisdom for the natural world and beyond. June 1 Sunrise: 5:58am. Sunset: 8:52pm. Mike, the Headless Chicken Day. Mike, a Wyandotte chicken from Fruit …

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Intuitive Arts

Metaphors for the Month: June 2018

The world needs you. Osho Zen Tarot: Fighting, Slowing Down, Past Lives Medicine Cards: Skunk, Butterfly, Coyote Mayan Oracle: Dreamer and Dreamed, Organic Balance, Etznab Ancient …

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Culture

Books: The Wizard and the Prophet

Two remarkable scientists and their dueling visions to shape tomorrow’s world. Like so many of us, Charles Mann is trying not to succumb to despair over the environmental state of …

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Yoga

Yoga: Healthy Boundaries

The teacher-student relationship—again. It seems to happen with alarming regularity that a spiritual teacher is exposed (no pun intended) for having misused his position to take ad …

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Environmental Politics

Summer Ozone, pt.2

Last month we learned about summer air pollution and what we can do to reduce emissions that lead to ozone formation. Here’s how the EPA is helping Utah meet goals for cleaner air. …

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Community

Bee Fest

What’s happening at Bee Fest: A Celebration of Pollination! Raise your glass to pollinators, for they bring you your coffee, tea, tequila and cream (dairy cows eat  pollinated alfa …

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Environmental Politics

Then and Now: Kids Organized to Protect the Environment

In 1990, a group of SLC elementary school students in search of a problem-solving project saved an abandoned gully from being paved over and transformed it into a nature preserve. …

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Think

Don’t Get Me Started: Upper Class Twitters

In a recent court case in Manhattan, seven “followers” of Donald Trump’s Twitter account sued the President on First Amendment grounds to prevent him from blocking them from his fe …

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Environmental Politics

Environews: June 2018

Environmental news around the state and the West. San Rafael Swell in danger Utah’s  congressional delegation has introduced yet another terrible public lands bill, this time tryin …

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Think

Slightly Off Center: Hey Bud

Will ears become vestigial organs or just sort of coat racks for our wired and unwired devices? It’s hard to say. Everyone already looks at their phones and lovingly caresses them, …

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Environmental Politics, Think

Environews: San Rafael Swell in danger

Utah’s  congressional delegation has introduced yet another terrible public lands bill, this time trying to grab control over Utah’s San Rafael Swell. In May, Senator Orrin Hatch ( …

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Environmental Politics, Politics, Think

Environews: The Great Old Broad and the Closed Gate

San Juan County is using the courts to harass a woman who is a founding member of Friends of Cedar Mesa and former executive director of Great Old Broads for Wilderness (GOB). Rose …

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Environmental Politics, Think

Environews: Severe Wildfire Season Expected

Low snowpack could mean an intense wildfire season this summer. Information about active fires, fire restrictions, prevention and preparedness is available on the interagency Utah …

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Environmental Politics, Think

Environew: More Fighting Over the Colorado River

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts that this year, water from the Colorado River flowing into Lake Powell will be about 46% of average. Management …

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