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Barron: What Goes Down the Toilet Can Have a Crappy Effect On the Environment

Barron: What Goes Down the Toilet Can Have a Crappy Effect On the Environment

By Morgan Barron

September 10, 2019

When you think of an environmental warrior, you may think of Earth Guardians Youth Director Xiuhtezcatl Martinez or teen climate change activist Greta Thunberg. Among the last things you might think of are the cutesy bathroom signs in freshman dorms that remind students not to flush underwear ⁠— or roommate ...

Starr: The Bear River Project Threatens the Great Salt Lake

Starr: The Bear River Project Threatens the Great Salt Lake

By Kennedie Starr

September 10, 2019

Many people think of the Great Salt Lake as shallow, smelly and somewhat useless body of water. With lackluster opportunities for fishing or boating — although some open water enthusiasts enjoy challenging swims within it - the lake seems more a source of endless brine flies and shrimp than anything els...

Dalley: U Students Should Better Utilize Their Public Transit Passes

Dalley: U Students Should Better Utilize Their Public Transit Passes

By Nathan Dalley

September 6, 2019

  On any given morning during the school year, a mass of University of Utah students and faculty step onto public transportation. In fact, around one-third of faculty and students ride public transit to campus every day. UTA and the U have worked as a partnership before the first TRAX line e...

Scott: Clean the Air by Switching to Your Bike

Scott: Clean the Air by Switching to Your Bike

By Elise Scott

September 5, 2019

  The University of Utah is absolutely beautiful this time of year. Sharp architectural silhouettes, clusters of trees and bright lawns frame its picturesque open spaces, providing students a relieving glimpse of mountains and cityscape between classes. Unfortunately, these scenic views are n...

Starr: Keep the Stars in Sight for Better Health

Starr: Keep the Stars in Sight for Better Health

By Kennedie Starr

September 5, 2019

  While it may not be one of the better known environmental issues, light pollution is an entire area of degradation in and of itself. It creates many challenges for an environment just as pollution does for the land we walk on and the water we sometimes drink. Much of the impact that light pollution...

Christopherson: Eliminating Big Oil’s Impact, One Garden at a Time

Christopherson: Eliminating Big Oil’s Impact, One Garden at a Time

By Nain Christopherson

August 27, 2019

This summer, I participated in a literature seminar on oil culture, a course about the ways in which oil supports and even fuels modernity. Unsurprisingly, our readings and discussions about plastic pollution, cancer, environmental racism and other issues associated with crude oil and its products have...

Starr: The Tumultuous Inland Port Protest Was Not ‘Domestic Terrorism’

Starr: The Tumultuous Inland Port Protest Was Not ‘Domestic Terrorism’

By Kennedie Starr

August 1, 2019

  Earlier this month, protestors gathered to speak up against the controversial inland port, a future development project which would transform northwest Salt Lake City into a global import and export hub. The inland port would likely increase air and rail traffic through the state and is bein...

Christopherson: SLC Mayoral Candidates Should Commit to Reducing Plastic Waste

Christopherson: SLC Mayoral Candidates Should Commit to Reducing Plastic Waste

By Nain Christopherson

July 30, 2019

  Though the project began ten years ago, I've just recently been exposed to photographer Chris Jordan’s series "Midway: Message from the Gyre." It's a collection of images demonstrating the literal mortal danger that human plastic consumption poses to the natural world. The photos are of alb...

Starr: Kanab and Kane County Should Reject Sand Mining Water Service

Starr: Kanab and Kane County Should Reject Sand Mining Water Service

By Kennedie Starr

July 30, 2019

  Kanab is a city located along the Arizona-Utah border, where the Southern Red Sands mining company is currently seeking water rights from the city. The water would be used as a major component for the proposed mining operation to acquire, process and transport a naturally occurring quartz sand ...

Barron: The Utah Inland Port Authority is Not Sexy, but It is Serious

Barron: The Utah Inland Port Authority is Not Sexy, but It is Serious

By Morgan Barron

July 24, 2019

In 1974, the Utah State Legislature passed S.B. 25, authorizing the establishment of port authorities — special districts to facilitate commerce — in any municipality. This was done with the hopes of growing and diversifying the state’s economy. More than 40 years later, during the final evenin...

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