The Aquarium Age: May 17-23

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Jupiter sets the tone as well as the pace of daily life for the next several weeks as it starts to wind down a four-month retrograde phase that began on February 6 and ends on June 9. It holds steady at 13 degrees from May 18 through July 2, and because Jupiter lingers so long […]

The Aquarium Age: March 10-16

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The planets are busy this week and terrestrial life reflects their celestial activity. Some of the activity is a carryover from last week but some is new. In reviewing the week, I was struck by a subtle, yet powerful pattern that starts this week, underlies the coming weeks and months, and culminates with the Solar […]

Localist: Showing up for Bear Ears

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The last few days of rallies marked the third week in a row that citizens of Salt Lake City gathered by the hundreds to protest the new administration and rally for our earth. Saturday, May 6, at the Utah State Capitol protesters showed up to protect Bear Ears and Grand Staircase monuments from being hucked […]

On Earth Day, Utahns march for science

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On April 22 (Earth Day), thousands of Utahns took to the streets again. People carried signs supporting evidence-based inquiry with slogans like, “Cancer doesn’t care about politics,” “Evidence over ignorance,” “We are made of starstuff,” “More science, less fiction” and “Global warming is real.” Marches nationwide were concurrent with a March for Science in Washington […]

Great Salt Lake on the rise

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After a wet winter, Great Salt Lake water levels are at last bumping up from record lows. Lake levels have been declining since 2010 due to drought and human water use. Low water levels in the lake have significant consequences such lost bird habitat and as toxic dust blowing from the exposed lake bed. Even […]

Lower Colorado, America’s most endangered river

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A new report from American Rivers names the Lower Colorado as America’s most endangered river. Water users in the Lower Basin currently use so much water that the river dries up before it reaches the Gulf of California. “The river is at a breaking point, with looming shortages in supply that could threaten the security […]

SLC urban trails growing longer

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Salt Lake City’s urban trail network keeps growing! You can see new Parley’s Trail construction along the south side of I-80 where 1.2 miles of new trail and pedestrian bridges will connect Sugar House Park to Tanner Park. When it is complete, Parley’s Trail will be an east-west trail linking the Bonneville Shoreline Trail and […]

Next: March for math?

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At his recent Salt Lake City townhall meeting, Congressman Chris Stewart (R-Ut-2) boasted of his outdoor prowess and wondered why people assume that conservatives are anti-environment. The 2016 National Environmental Scorecard from the League of Conservation Voters explains why. The scorecard ranks votes on selected environmental legislation on a scale of 100% (always voted pro-environment) […]

 
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