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Environmental Politics

Environews: Alta Ski Area behaving badly

Alta Ski Area, long considered an industry leader for sustainability, has tarnished its image by obstructing Wasatch Mountains conservation planning. At a December meeting, Alta op …

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Environmental Politics

Environews: Stewart slips public lands attack into Farm Bill

Representative Chris Stewart (R-UT-2) slipped an attack on Utah public lands into the 2018 Farm Bill that passed in December. The misnamed “Sage-Grouse & Mule Deer Conservation …

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Environmental Politics

Environews: Scandal-plagued Zinke calls it quits

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, formerly a congressman from Montana, has announced his resignation due to charges of corruption and misconduct. Zinke will be remembered in Utah for …

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Environmental Politics

Environews: Activists protest BLM lease sale

In December, environmentalists and climate change activists gathered to protest a particularly objectionable Bureau of Land Management (BLM) oil & gas lease sale. Under the Tru …

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Environmental Politics

Environews: Public lands drilling & greenhouse gas emissions

A new report from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) estimates that fossil fuels extracted from federal public land account for 23.7% of the nation’s total CO2 emissions. Public lan …

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Environmental Politics

Environews: Inland Port may restart Legacy Parkway fight

Fifteen years ago, Utah citizens fought hard to mitigate environmental impacts of building the Legacy Parkway which runs through Great Salt Lake wetlands. They succeeded in getting …

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Environmental Politics

Environews: Bear River in trouble

In December the Utah Board of Water Resources met in a closed-door meeting to approve $5 million for development of the Bear River. Diversion of Bear River water would be catastrop …

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Environmental Politics

Environews: Climate change in the Southwest

The Fourth National Climate Assessment Vol. II, released in November, includes a regional report on climate change impacts, risks and adaptation in the Southwest United States. The …

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Environmental Politics

Environews: Wildlife overpass opens on Parley’s Summit

The new wildlife overpass is open over I-80 on Parley’s Summit to help Wasatch Mountain critters safely cross six lanes of fast traffic (and to save drivers from dangerous animal c …

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Live, Nature

Environews: New Tracy Aviary Nature Center & Jordan River Park

Salt Lake County is planning a new Jordan River Park along the riparian corridor between highway 201 and 4500 South, envisioned as an urban natural area with a priority on preservi …

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Community Profiles, Connect, Spirituality & Mysticism

On The Path: Thomas McConkie of Lower Lights Sangha

Insights from life’s journeys, by members of CATALYST’s Community Resource Directory: “What has set you on your path? Where and how did your journey begin that has led you to this …

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Inversion does not equal air pollution

Here in the Salt Lake Valley, we are no strangers to inversions and air pollution. We are, unfortunately, so familiar with it that people often think that inversion is the same as …

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Live

Like farting under the covers

On a clear day, Salt Lake City is a beautiful place, with vistas in all directions  that can’t be beat—weather and human activity permitting, of course. On December 28, 2016, two w …

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Connect, DIY, Heal, Health

Clean Air Solutions Fair January 19, 2019

Your opportunity to help clean up our air is coming up soon. It’s getting real out there. In October, the United Nations declared that it’s time to take “unprecedented” actions to …

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Heal, Health

Respiratory remedies to the rescue

Don’t just protest… Protect! Indoor air quality can be two to five times more toxic than the outdoor air, according to the EPA. Cleaning products, mold, cookware, synthetic air f …

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