The Daily Utah Chronicle

Scott: Clean the Air by Switching to Your Bike

Scott: Clean the Air by Switching to Your Bike

By Elise Scott, Opinion Editor

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, Opinion Writer

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, Opinion Writer

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, Opinion Writer

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, Opinion Writer

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, Opinion Writer

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, Opinion Writer

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...

Chavez: Elizabeth Warren For Utah

Chavez: Elizabeth Warren For Utah

By Paij Chavez, Opinion Writer

June 24, 2019

  Although Utah is a deep red state well-known for its conservative voting record, it is now expected to have a larger voice in the nomination of future presidential candidates. Thanks to S.B. 242 - Presidential Primary Amendments, a primary election will now be held in Utah on March 3, 2020, or Super T...

Barron: Utahns Must Take Initiative Against Smog Instead of Sitting In It

Barron: Utahns Must Take Initiative Against Smog Instead of Sitting In It

By Morgan Barron, Opinion Writer

May 10, 2019

Air pollution is responsible for 6.4 million annual deaths worldwide, a statistic that does not exclude Utahns. A state-sponsored report, Air Pollution and Public Health in Utah, links the Wasatch Front’s infamous inversion to serious health issues, which range from asthma and cardiovascular disease to renal disease. The winter’s bad air also hurts Uta...

Brown: Nuclear Energy Is the Answer to Climate Challenges, Environmentalists Need to Get the Memo

Brown: Nuclear Energy Is the Answer to Climate Challenges, Environmentalists Need to Get the Memo

By Jacob Brown

January 24, 2019

  All across the country, nuclear power plants struggle to stay profitable. Nuclear energy is currently the largest source of low-carbon power in America, but due to recent advances in natural gas extraction and renewable energy technologies and a reduction of nuclear energy-related subsidies in...

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