Topic: Think

What we have in common: Laying the groundwork for exploring our differences

Talking about our differences is urgent, exciting, and even dangerous. But our commonalities appear to be so numerous as to be beside the point, part of the status quo, or so obvio …

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Why are some communities still struggling? Tax rates, climate gentrification and affordability

In the two previous articles in this series we discussed how environmental justice is geographically driven and how redlining established some of these disparities. In this article …

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Environews

Mourning our fallen: Wind storm topples urban forest An intense wind storm that hit northern Utah on September 8 toppled thousands of big, old trees, decimating historic groves in …

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2020 Elections: Catalyst’s quick guide – Here’s what you need to know to participate in Utah elections this year.

This year’s presidential election is looking to be more tumultuous than usual. We’re still in the midst of a global pandemic and for many American voters, voting this year might lo …

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How to end CASH BAIL in SLC: Money is a weapon used against the poor

In the criminal legal system, like so many other systems in the U.S., money is weaponized to hold people hostage. If you are arrested, you are still presumed innocent under the law …

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The lasting impacts of redlining: environmental justice can be summed up in three words: location, location, location.

Editor’s note: Social and environmental justice is not a new topic, but it is gaining exposure since the COVID-19 pandemic and Black Lives Matter. This article is the second of a t …

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Environews: Trailhead or development?

Utah Open Lands is working towards a September 10 deadline to purchase 27 acres of open space at the mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon. The land could become a regional trailhead f …

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Environews: New recycling facility in SLC

Salt Lake City has a fancy new recycling plant to sort the contents of your blue bin. Waste Management, the city’s recycling vendor, recently opened a $17 million Materials Recover …

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Environews: DAQ gets “good” grade on state legislative audit

A legislative audit of the Utah Division of Air Quality (DAQ) found that the agency is generally performing well. The budget for clean air programs and research has increased signi …

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Environews: Wilderness or bike trail?

Bicycles are not allowed in designated Wilderness areas, so a few segments of the Bonneville Shoreline trail are off-limits to bikes, hemmed in by private property on one side and …

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Environews: More good news: BLM withdraws Moab area leases

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has removed controversial parcels near Arches and Canyonland National Parks from a massive Utah BLM oil and gas lease sale scheduled for Septemb …

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Environews: Trophy hunter to head Utah BLM

BLM acting director William Perry Pendley (see left) announced in July that Greg Sheehan has been appointed Utah state director for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).  Sheehan ha …

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Environews: New Wilderness Area signs go up in San Rafael Swell

The Utah BLM has been working hard to put up signs for 17 new Wilderness Areas in the San Rafael Swell designated by the John D. Dingell Act of 2019. The actual management of these …

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Environews: Foxes in the hen house (so to speak)

300+ groups call to remove acting BLM director W.P. Pendley’s nomination for permanent post More than 300 citizen groups signed a strongly worded letter telling the U.S. Senate tha …

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Environews: Something to celebrate! Great American Outdoors Act Becomes Law

The Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA), signed into law on August 4, is something big to celebrate! This landmark legislation achieves two major conservation goals: it provides bad …

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