Topic: Think

Environews: Bears Ears Advisory Committee stacked with nay-sayers

In yet another show of bad faith toward American Indian tribes, interior Secretary David Bernhardt (replacing the disgraced Ryan Zinke) has appointed a Monument Advisory Committee …

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Environews: SUWA lawsuits prevail

The Trump Administration keeps losing in court, and that’s a good thing for Utah’s public lands. In March, the Washington Post reported that in a rush for deregulation, Trump offic …

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Environews: State of the Air 2019

The American Lung Association grades Salt Lake County “F” for clean air. As a whole, the Salt Lake metropolitan area (Salt Lake City-Provo –Orem) is ranked as the 8th most polluted …

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Environews: Utah Sierra Club rates Utah legislature

The Utah Legislature is failing to protect the environment, according to the 2019 Legislative Scorecard issued by the Utah Chapter of the Sierra Club.  The scorecard rates legislat …

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Environews: Mighty 5 tourism woes

One problem with tourism is that it begets more tourism. Overtourism is not just caused by irresponsible geotagging or people trying to recreate Instagram photos. It’s also caused …

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Environews: Burr trail controversy resurfaces

In April, the Bureau of Land Management allowed Garfield County to chip-seal 7.5 miles of a remote dirt road, reigniting a historic environmental controversy over who owns nearly 3 …

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Environews

Burr trail controversy resurfaces In April, the Bureau of Land Management allowed Garfield County to chip-seal 7.5 miles of a remote dirt road, reigniting a historic environmental …

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Meet the dust doctor

Atmospheric scientist Kevin Perry knows what blows from the Great Salt Lake Last year I wrote about dust that often blows in from the southwest, plaguing areas of the Wasatch Front …

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Auto biography

Conversation is more important than steering the beast Two months after I stopped driving, I decided I wanted to be a Lyft driver. I had taken Lyft a number of times and encountere …

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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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Celebrate women’s suffrage in Utah

The year 2020 will mark the 150th anniversary of Utah being the second U.S. territory to grant all women full voting rights. Wyoming granted women full voting rights the year prior …

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America’s ancient earthworks

What the prehistoric mounds and myths of North America have in common with Egypt’s pyramids – and together, the bigger story they tell Graham Hancock, the Indiana Jones of journali …

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YOLO FOMO

It’s forbidden-fruit-Genesis-level tempting to write about politics because that is where all the easy jokes are. On the other hand there isn’t much room for new satire because eve …

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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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Overcrowding in the Cottonwood Canyons

“Recreation Challenges on Public lands” was the theme of the 24th annual Wallace Stegner Center Symposium held in March. Outdoor recreation constitutes two percent of the U.S. gros …

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