Topic: Environmental Politics

Can We Save Pando?

Pando, the Earth’s largest known living organism by mass, is dying for lack of large predators in the ecosystem. Pando, an exceptionally beautiful male quaking aspen clone, is loca …

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Environews: December 2017

Environmental news from around the state and the West. The more we examine the special properties of the quaking aspen, the greater our fascination with the beauty, complexity, and …

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VW Deception Redux (and Come-Uppance)

Thanks to an allocation of about $35 million from the Volkswagen Settlement, Utah has a unique opportunity to replace some old dirty diesel equipment with new, cleaner models. You …

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What to know about Trump’s December visit to Utah

Trump expected to visit and shrink two national treasures Brace yourselves. President Trump has said he will come to Utah in early December to announce downsizing of two National M …

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The “Rights of Nature” Movement

An organizer in the Colorado River “personhood” lawsuit explains. If I asked you, “Which corporation provides drinking water to 40 million Americans?” you might guess Nestle or Pep …

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RMP rooftop solar settlement

In the transition to renewable energy, the biggest obstacles are challenges to the business model of existing utility companies. As rooftop solar has become more popular in Utah, R …

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Wasatch Canyons planning

Salt Lake County is updating the Wasatch Canyons General Plan, last updated in 1989. The Plan is an official statement of county policy on the future use of the Wasatch Mountains a …

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Trump’s EPA: dirty coal power, dirty air

In 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a Regional Haze Ruling that required Rocky Mountain Power to install pollution controls on coal-fired power plants at Hunte …

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Water conservation strategies from the Utah Rivers Council

Utah Rivers Council (URC) has initiated a new water conservation campaign for Utah called 40 by 30—the goal is to reduce daily water consumption per person 40% by 2030. Water conse …

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Zinke attacks sage grouse

Trump’s Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke isn’t just bad for national monuments, he’s bad for wildlife habitat, too. In 2015, the Obama administration hammered out plans to keep sage g …

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