Topic: Environmental Politics

How Many Earths Do You Need?

“All education is environmental education. By what is included or excluded, students are taught that they are part of or apart from the natural world … we cannot say that we know s …

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Environews: Great Salt Lake toxic dump

In February, a coalition of local environmental groups hosted public meetings regarding a threat to build a garbage dump at the north end of Great Salt Lake. A company called Promo …

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Environews: Salt Lake City & Climate Change

If you think it feels warmer than it used to be, you’re right. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reports that 2017 was the third hottest year since 1880 wh …

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Environews: Conservation in the West poll, 2018

Colorado College has released their 8th annual “Conservation in the West” Poll for 2018. The poll asks voters in eight western states including Utah for opinions about conservation …

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Environews: Breathing Stories

Just in time for the 2018 Utah Legislature General Session, Torrey House Press published a chapbook called Breathing Stories: Utah Voices for Clean Air (see CATALYST, January 2018 …

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Environews: U.S. Supreme Court rejects Utah prairie dog case

Utah prairie dogs have fended off an existential threat and will not be going to the Supreme Court after all. The furry, cute and highly social animals were at the center of a laws …

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Environews: Trump puts migratory birds at risk

Great Salt Lake migratory birds have less protection after the Trump Administration issued a radical re-interpretation of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918 that lets industry k …

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Environews: Bears Ears update

Navajo president Russel Begaye has asked Utah congressman John Curtis (R-UT-3) to withdraw a bill he introduced that would permanently reduce the size of Bears Ears National Monume …

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Environews: March 2018

Environmental news from around the state and the West. In the decades to come, one can hope that many of the Trump Administration’s mistakes—on tax policy, say, or trade—will be re …

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Don’t Get Me Started: March 2018

No sympathy for the devil. “What’s confusing you is the nature of my game.” — Sympathy for the Devil, Rolling Stones. In January Donald Trump tried to live up to his campaign promi …

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Anote’s Ark

Wanted: land to relocate the entire nation of Kiribati, which is slowly being submerged as the polar ice caps melt; CATALYST speaks with President Anote Tong. Imagine if you were b …

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Breathe: Freight Switchers

A notable source of local air pollution you’ve never even heard of before. Last spring a unique and significant source of air pollution caught my attention. At that time, I was a m …

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HEAL Utah & DRAW Inc. present: Breathe exhibit by Elisabeth Bunker

On February 16th DRAW Inc. is teaming up with HEAL Utah to focus on something everyone is affected by, the inversion in Salt Lake. Works by Elisabeth Bunker, a local oil painter, w …

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Environews: Herbert proposes gas taxes for transit

Utah Governor Gary Herbert’s FY 2019 Budget Recommendation calls for “flexibility to use Transportation Investment Funds (TIF) for all modes of transportation.” This would represen …

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Environews: Cliven Bundy off the hook (for now)

Nevada Rancher Cliven Bundy received a “get out of jail free” card when a federal judge declared a mistrial after federal prosecutors failed to turn over evidence relevant to the c …

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