Utah’s 2020 legislative session

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Like every year, the 45 days that make up the annual Utah legislative session come and go in a blink of an eye. Lawmakers passed 510 bills this year and approved a $20 billion state budget. There were some wins, a few disappointments, and many cups of coffee and cans of soda to keep everyone […]

Drawdown Utah

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A look at local businesses and organizations whose work is already helping reverse global warming and stem the tide of climate change. What follows is a recognition and a call to support for some of the Salt Lake City and Utah local businesses, nongovernmental and government organizations, and people who are turning this research into […]

2020 State of the Universe Address

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A two-step program to create political climate change and establish heartland security. “To upshift our karma in these challenging times, we must embrace political climate change—warmer hearts and cooler heads.” —Swami Beyondananda   Editor’s Note:  Swami Beyondananda —student of the ancient Foo Ling Masters and Farce-Seeing Sages, Fooly-Realized proponent of Cosmic Comic Consciousness, and spiritual […]

Bring back the Victory Garden

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Shit gets real. Earthquakes. A global pandemic. Grocery store aisles stripped bare. Restaurant dining rooms, bars, and many businesses are closed. Despite our state’s misplaced reputation for emergency preparedness, harried citizens are waking up before dawn to get to the grocery at 6am in hopes of securing toilet paper and hand sanitizer. It seems all […]

Utah’s 2020 legislative session

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Ends on March12. The final days are the busiest. At this point in Utah’s 45-day legislative session, most bills have been introduced. Some have been moving positively through the lawmaking process; others haven’t made any movement yet. Then in the first two weeks of March, as the session nears closing, things move so fast you […]

Citizen scientists take to the air

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PurpleAir, AirU and the future of air quality monitoring. It’s the tail end of Utah’s inversion season—a time when one might assume winter’s passionate concern regarding air quality would simmer down. But this year, things are different. More people seem to be paying attention to the government-provided air quality apps, which relay data from strategically […]

It bears repeating: The dirty truth about burning wood

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Utahn’s are getting the message. Wood smoke contains over 200 chemicals and compounds, including carbon monoxide, benzene, formaldehyde, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides (NOx), dioxins and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). Woodsmoke is strikingly similar to cigarette smoke. The EPA estimates that a single fireplace operating for one hour burning just a few logs, or roughly 10 […]

Indoor air quality

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You can’t see it but you may smell it. The cloud of smog lurking under the latest inversion isn’t the only pollution cloud on the horizon. Every house, office and classroom has its own personalized toxic cloud. Last month we explored ultrafine particulate matter from the perspective of outdoor air. This month we’ll look at […]

Creating an economy in service to life

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A shift to 100% renewable energy as we transition to a regenerative agricultural system can avert climate disaster, says global thought leader and Intermountain Sustainability Summit keynote speaker Hunter Lovins. This past January was the hottest January ever recorded in human history. The magnitude of Earth’s climate catastrophe is growing ever more serious as we […]

Clean Air Solutions Fair – March 7, 2020

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It’s time again for Utahns to gather in the name of clean air. Our goal is to help 2,000 attendees discover new tools and skills that will result in better air quality for all — and to inspire us to choose cleaner air options in our daily lives. We reach out to you because we […]

Greta Thunberg should study economics.

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And U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin should study morals. Last month, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, in response to a reporter’s question about whether Greta Thunberg’s proposal to end fossil fuel investment would threaten U.S. economic growth, cleverly dodged the question by saying that the kettle wasn’t black enough. Which was what most of the […]

Muladhara, the root chakra

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Survival and security Location: near the base of the spine, in the perineum. Governs: our understanding of the physical world. Main issue: survival and security. Externalizes: as the adrenal gland. Element: Earth. When balanced: we feel grounded. Color: a harmonic of red. Key words: matter, body, home, family, food. Influences: feet, knees, legs, bones, large […]

Let’s get weird

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Try something new and unusual in your garden this year! It’s a great time to be a human on planet Earth. Never before have we had so much access to so many new potential experiences. Each year in the garden, I love experimenting with new plants; novel fruits, sinister-looking flowers, or perhaps discovering a new […]

Breathe easy with botanicals

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Nature has some answers for the season of colds and bad air. Can’t kick the cough? Chances are you’re one of many Wasatch Front residents struggling to breathe easy with poor air quality, wintertime inversion, and the daily battle of cold and flu season… all at the same time! While we all may have occasional […]

 
 
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