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Life Before Air-Conditioning

How did Utahns of bygone days handle the summer heat? Northern Utah is experiencing hotter temperatures on average almost every year. The temperature in our region is increasing at …

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Smart Cooling for Desert Dwellers

Evaporative coolers, done right, are the way to go. Undeniably, spring has arrived. It’s time to get your swamp cooler up and running for the season. If you don’t have a swamp cool …

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Grow Your Own Habitat

Transform your yard into a haven for bees, butterflies and hummingbirds with these Wasatch Front-friendly pollinator plants. Most gardens support pollinators by providing some nect …

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The Urban Almanac: May 2018

A monthly compendium of random wisdom for the natural world and beyond. May 1  Sunrise: 6:26a.m. Sunset: 8:24p.m. Average high and low temperature 67, 44. May 2  Vow to spend 24 ho …

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Urban Almanac: April 2018

A monthly compendium of random wisdom for the natural world and beyond. Apr 1  Sun rise: 7:10 am. Sun set: 7:52 pm. Easter. A movable holiday. Easter falls on the first Sunday foll …

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Love Your Lungs: The Awair Air-Tracking Device

CATALYST has fun with the Awair air-tracking device. AWAIR looks like a minimalist digital clock radio with the phrase “know what’s in the air you breathe” written on the side. Her …

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The Urban Almanac: December 2017

A monthly compendium of random wisdom for the natural world and beyond. DEC 1 Sunrise. 7:32am. Sunset 5pm. In Salt Lake City, December is the cloudiest month of the year, with only …

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Eschew the Halloween Closing

Thinking of buying a house? Avoid the scary stuff: Read this first. Closing on a home purchase feels like climbing out of a dungeon where your attention was held captive for months …

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The Urban Almanac: October 2017

A monthly compendium of random wisdom for the natural world and beyond. October 1 Sunrise: 7:24am. Sunset: 7:09pm. Historic average: 72° high; 46° low. October 2   International Da …

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Keeping Cool for Less $$

Couldn’t take the heat (or a/c bills) this summer? Consider a swamp cooler for next year! The heatwaves of summer are, for the most part, over. As we enjoy the cooler temperatures, …

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Trees Under Attack!

How to care for and protect our urban forest, Part 2. Trees are an integral part of our urban landscape. They cool our homes, shelter us from cold winds, and are particularly pleas …

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The Herbalist Is In: Harvest Season

September is a plentiful time in the herb garden. The early, abundant September garden is a gratifying sight which beckons us to the harvest and keeping of the fruits of our labor. …

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