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The EPA’s not perfect, but it has a purpose

The EPA’s not perfect, but it has a purpose

February 16, 2017

It might have been forgotten in the midst of the travel ban and all the other things going on, but the gag orders put on the EPA and the USDA are still significant. Barred from talking about environmental policy, taxpayer-funded research or even stating climate facts, the administration has been doing...

Utah Should Switch to Solar Energy

Utah Should Switch to Solar Energy

February 8, 2017

Utah is the second most wasteful state in the U.S. Everyone always complains about how much construction there is all the time — on campus you can't walk 10 steps without running into another pit or condemned building — but no one seems to be doing anything about it. Every year the city has a surplus...

SLC Must Step Up Recycling Game

SLC Must Step Up Recycling Game

January 30, 2017

As a self-proclaimed environmentalist, I take recycling seriously. I bought three trash cans so I could sort and recycle my garbage. It was only after I'd spent hours organizing my garbage that I realized there wasn't anywhere to take it. All there is at my apartment is a regular old dumpster. In order...

The Snow Never Bothered Me Anyway

The Snow Never Bothered Me Anyway

January 18, 2017

Jack Frost has arrived, and he has been bringing us presents. He’s clearly still in the giving spirit. Yet every winter people complain about the inconveniences that snow brings, and no one really takes time to appreciate the positive aspects of it. The night of the first snow this season I went outside...

Biologists at the U Follow Birds on 10,000 Kilometer Migration

Biologists at the U Follow Birds on 10,000 Kilometer Migration

November 15, 2016

Biologists from the U followed a species of songbird known as Great Reed Warblers from the Middle East to sub-Sahara Africa using lightweight geolocation technology. The team from the U along with Turkish biologists from Kafkas University, KuzeyDoga Society and Turkey’s Ministry of Forestry and Water...

Dakota Pipeline Protests and America’s Ugly Past

Dakota Pipeline Protests and America’s Ugly Past

By Connor Richards

September 22, 2016

Over 2,000 environmentalists, activists and members of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe have spent the year protesting the construction of a crude oil pipeline that would carry hundreds of thousands of barrels worth of oil across the United States. The Dakota Access pipeline, if built, would run 1,170 miles...

U Administrators Block Faculty Efforts to Address Climate Change

U Administrators Block Faculty Efforts to Address Climate Change

July 11, 2016

On May 25, the University of Massachusetts proudly announced it had become the first major public school to divest from fossil fuel equities. This decision came in response to threats posed by global climate change. The divestment is consistent with the school’s principles and reflects the university’s...

Utah Gov’t Needs to Focus on the Real Public Health Crisis: Air Quality

April 28, 2016

Four to eight percent of deaths along the Wasatch Front are attributed to air pollution. Utah’s air quality is associated with higher rates of breast, lung, cervical, brain, nasal, pharyngeal, liver and stomach cancer, as well as childhood leukemia and other childhood cancers. Poor air quality exposure...

The World Can’t Afford The Economic Impacts Of Climate Change

The World Can’t Afford The Economic Impacts Of Climate Change

April 18, 2016

Our changing climate doesn’t care about free markets, unfettered capitalism or whether or not you’re a registered Republican or Democrat. While implementing an effective climate reduction policy is usually centered around economics, a new study published in the journal, Nature, has found that if the...

Disposable Culture Is Throwing Away Our Future

Disposable Culture Is Throwing Away Our Future

April 11, 2016

We live in a society of convenience. It's easier to throw away paper plates than to do the dishes. Buying fast food is much easier than growing food. Society is so fast-paced that we constantly make shortcuts for ourselves in exchange for immediacy. The sad fact is, we are short-changing our planet in...

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