Topic: Environmental Politics

Environews: More controversy over Inland Port

Another conflict of interest has developed over plans to build a massive ”inland port” in Salt Lake City’s Northwest Quadrant. Envision Utah, which refers to itself as a neutral fa …

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Environews: Utah public lands get a pretty good bill

Just last year things were looking desperate for conservation of Utah’s public lands. The Republican-controlled U.S. Congress had allowed the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF …

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Support the yay-sayers: Seeds of reversing global warming are here in our own communities

We (almost) never have covers that relate to specific stories or themes beyond seasonal. This month is different. The cover relates to “The Living Building Challenge” (p. 12)—a Moa …

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Environews for March 2019

We turn a tap and expect the water to flow. Where water comes from and how it’s delivered is “hidden” to us. Somehow, it crosses a jumble of political divisions and property lines …

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A legacy worth keeping

Legacy Parkway residents are fighting to protect a cherished Utah roadway. In the face of opposing forces they’re not giving up. When North Salt Lake resident Angie Keeton recently …

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Reasons to love your library: Think of them as “resilience centers”

In his book Palaces for the People, sociologist Eric Klinenberg describes how a group of planners met to discuss ways to restore resiliency to 21st century cities. Someone proposed …

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“Rolling coal”: how to make bad air worse

Rolling coal” is the practice of intentionally blowing a plume of thick black exhaust from a diesel truck. To make  this happen, someone has modified the emissions controls to incr …

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The Living Building Challenge: a new standard for eco-friendly building that gives LEED a run for it’s money

As I live and breathe, Living Buildings are coming to Utah!! A Living Building is a building that collects rainwater, has its own sewage treatment plant and produces and stores all …

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HEAL UTAH CALLS ON GOVERNOR HERBERT TO VETO BILL THAT MAY LEAD TO THE COUNTRY’S MOST RADIOACTIVE WASTE BEING DUMPED IN UTAH LANDFILLS

  Jessica Reimer of HEAL Utah Environmentalists gathered Friday at a press conference hosted by HEAL Utah and the Utah chapter of the Sierra Club to ask Governor Herbert to ve …

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Environews: Cottonwood Heights

Kudos to Cottonwood Heights which has joined the list of Utah communities committed to clean energy. In January the Cottonwood Heights City Council adopted a goal of 100% clean, re …

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Environews: Many ways to spend $100 million to improve Utah’s air quality

In his proposed 2019 budget, Utah Governor Gary Herbert included a one-time allocation of  $100 million (up from a more typical $4 million) to help improve Utah’s air quality. If o …

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Environews: Environmental impacts of the government shutdown

Environmental stewardship suffered during the partial government shutdown that began on December 22, 2018 over the refusal of the U.S. Congress to fund a border wall. Furloughed em …

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Environews: Coal plants uneconomic

A 2018 report from the Sierra Club found that coal-fired power plants in Utah cost more to operate than if they were using wind or solar energy. Unexpectedly, Pacificorp (the paren …

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Environews: Dust is melting Utah’s snow

Researchers at the University of Utah found that declining water in the Great Salt Lake causes snow to melt earlier in the Wasatch Mountains. Deposits of dark-colored dust absorb h …

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Environews: Utah State of the Environment 2018

In January, the Utah Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) released its annual State of the Environment Report. The report details environmental permitting, enforcement and re­ …

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