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Environews: An abundance of Painted Ladies!

Back in 1935 Utah’s spring migration of Painted Lady butterflies (Vanessa cardui) was described as filling the air with a windstorm of butterflies, “the effect resembling an autumn …

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Bee Fest: A celebration of pollination!

June 17-23 , 2019 is “Pollinator Week” and CATALYST leads the way with Bee Fest Saturday, June 15th, 9am – 2pm, at the Green Team Farm 622 W. 100 S. By now, you probably know we ne …

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Building a dream

Straw bale construction is happening in Salt Lake City It’s snowing. I have clay plaster in my hair, down my shirt, and up my nose as well as on the bale wall in front of me. Even …

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Book Review– Seasons: Desert Sketches

by Ellen Meloy, Torry House Press If you take a raft trip through Desolation Canyon, chances are someone will bring along a copy of Ellen Meloy’s book Raven’s Exile: A Season on th …

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Beyond honey bees

A look at some of Utah’s native bees Bees are crucial to almost every meal you eat, and are hands down the most important pollinators in our ecosystem. But the rampant introduction …

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A win for pollinators

Citizen action group does end-run around bureaucracy to change pesticide laws In their nearly 30 years of existence, neonicotinoids have become the most widely used insecticide in …

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Jumpstart your office recycling

Clear information goes a long way to enacting a successful program You’ve got a recycling program in your workplace, but it’s got lackluster support. People aren’t certain what ite …

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May 2019 Almanac

A monthly compendium of random wisdom for the natural world and beyond May 1  Average temps: high: 67ºF; low: 45ºF; 27% chance of precipitation (average 1.7”). Sunrise 6:26am, suns …

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Childhood asthma related to traffic pollution

A team of researchers has constructed a county-level map that relates traffic-related air pollution to cases of childhood asthma in the United States. In Utah, the Wasatch Front is …

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Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan

The U.S. Congress has passed a bipartisan Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan to keep water levels from declining to critically low levels in Lake Powell and Lake Mead, but tha …

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Condors nesting in Zion National Park

A pair of endangered California condors is incubating an egg in their nest on Minotaur Tower in Zion National Park. The chick is expected to hatch in early May. Park biologists rep …

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San Juan County withdraws Bears Ears objection

The three-member San Juan County Commission has voted to withdraw support for a 2017 Trump administration decision to shrink the size of Bears Ears National Monument. The Commissio …

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Chaining in Grand Staircase- Escalante

The Trump administration is threatening to use “chaining” to clearcut native pinyon-juniper forests in thousands of acres of Grand Staircase National Monument. Chaining involves dr …

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Great Old Broad strikes back

Environmental activist Rose Chilcoat has filed a lawsuit against San Juan County, Utah for violating her civil rights. The lawsuit describes falsified charges of trespassing on Uta …

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Sustainable weddings 101

Eleven affordable ways to make your wedding better for the environment Weddings create waste. A lot of waste. According to Yale graduate and environmental law expert Kate Harrison, …

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