Editor’s Notebook: Rats—Finally Foiled?

This month’s CATALYST feels dense and juicy to me. We’re having more fun these days; I think it shows. One caveat: The page with the Table of Contents went to press before most of …

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Food & Health, Local Harvest

Food Feasts and Festivals in September

We are moving into peak harvest season this month. Everything that’s been growing— your tomatoes, winter squash, corn— will be ripening and ready to pick. It’s the kind of bounty t …

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Slightly Off Center: How to Be Happy

This nation has such a lack of happiness it depresses me. What did I just say? I don’t even care if America is still great or needs to be made great again. What we really need is t …

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Local Harvest

What’s Local?

As Eat Local Week nears, we ask three Salt Lake City “local food” activists: What’s “local”? Eat Local Week’s mission is simple: challenge yourself to eat more locally for a whole …

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Outdoor

Save The Tires—Adopt a Goathead Weevil!

Autumn is arguably the best time to cycle in Utah. The oppressive heat of summer backs off, and the ozone pollution hanging heavy over the valley dissipates to a light haze—and by …

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Ask Umbra: What should you do with your dog’s poo?

Q. Dear Umbra, My city prohibits us from putting dog poop in with other compostable stuff. I can pick it up with a plastic bag and toss that in the landfill garbage or I can pick i …

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Ask Umbra: These simple steps will make your refrigerator work better

Q. Dear Umbra, My refrigerator died suddenly at the tender age of 25. I bought an energy-saving one and found out that these new fridges last only seven to eight years. First of al …

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Ask Umbra: Where does baking soda come from, and is it really so eco-friendly?

Q. Dear Umbra, In a quest to quit using nasty cleaning chemicals in my house, I’ve gone largely to vinegar and baking soda. I know vinegar is easy to produce, and should have littl …

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Environmental Politics, Think

Environews: Collection of hard-to-recycle materials, September 24

Wait! Don’t throw that old bike helmet in the trash. It can be recycled. The Utah Recycling Alliance is hosting a pop-up CHARM event (Collection of Hard-to-Recycle Materials) on Se …

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Environmental Politics, Think

Coal ash spills into Price River

Closing a coal-fired power plant solves air quality problems, but leaves behind other pollution problems. Last month a flash flood washed 2,700 cubic yards of coal ash from the ret …

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Environmental Politics, Think

Environews: Climate denier keynote at Uintah Basin Energy Summit

A featured speaker at the 2016 Unitah Basin Energy Summit was filmmaker Phelim McAleer who the San Francisco Chronicle calls “climate denial’s Michael Moore.” McAleer is the direct …

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