Natural Climate Change Solutions

New research by The Nature Conservancy and 15 other institutions, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, demonstrates that nature-based solutions provide up to 37 percent of the emission reductions needed by 2030 to keep global temperature increases under 2 degrees celsius-30 percent more than previously estimated. Additionally, using only cost-effective solutions, nature’s mitigation potential is estimated at 11.3 billion tons in 2030—the equivalent of stopping burning oil globally. Many… Read More

New program aims to integrate land use planning and water management in the West

From the Sonoran Institute: KEYSTONE, Colorado (Sept. 5, 2017) – The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and Sonoran Institute are teaming up to address a critical need in the Colorado River Basin by training communities how to use land efficiently and conserve water as they grow. The Resilient Communities and Watersheds program arose from a fundamental lack of integration between land use planning and water management in the western United States. The… Read More

Moab Named First Rocky Mountain Power Wattsmart Community in the Nation

The City of Moab has been named the first Rocky Mountain Power wattsmart Community in the nation. On Wednesday, Oct. 18, Moab Mayor Dave Sakrison signed a memorandum of understanding with Debra Dull, regional business manager for Rocky Mountain Power (RMP), officially acknowledging the wattsmart Community partnership. “We are excited to work with the City of Moab under the new wattsmart Communities Program to bring the community a plan that will help… Read More

Kenya Bans Plastic Bags

From BBC News: “A ban on plastic carrier bags has come into force in Kenya, which means that anyone found selling, manufacturing or carrying them could face fines of up to $38,000 or prison sentences of up to four years. The government says the ban will help protect the environment. But manufacturers of the bags have argued that 80,000 jobs could be lost. A court on Friday rejected a challenge to the… Read More

EPA Releases a New Tool for Mapping Environmental Justice

By Matt Tejada, EPA Blog: Too often, America’s low-income and minority communities bear the brunt of our country’s pollution. These environmental and public health threats make it harder for kids with asthma to learn in school, and for people impacted from pollution to lead active and healthy lives. There are many ways EPA is working to protect these overburdened communities. For the past two years, we’ve been using a screening and mapping… Read More

Solar Power is Hot!

Careers in the renewable energy sector is on the rise. A report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), stated that in 2016, 9.8 million people were employed in the renewable energy sector. © IRENA The report showed the solar power is the fastest growing renewable energy industry with an increase in job creation of 12 % between 2015 and 2016. Wind power followed with a 7 % increase, boosting its global… Read More

The Story of Microfibers – New Short Film Released

From the Story of Stuff Project: “Most of us wear synthetic fabrics like polyester everyday. Our dress shirts, yoga pants, fleeces, and even underwear are all increasingly made of synthetic materials—plastic, in fact. But these fabrics have a big hidden problem: when they’re washed, they release trillions of tiny plastic bits—called microfibers—that flow down our drains, through our water treatment plants, and out into our rivers, lakes and oceans. In fact, microplastic… Read More

New EPA Report Released: Climate Change Indicators in the United States 2016

“The Earth’s climate is changing. Temperatures are rising, snow and rainfall patterns are shifting, and more extreme climate events—like heavy rainstorms and record-high temperatures—are already taking place. Scientists are highly confident that many of these observed changes can be linked to the levels of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in our atmosphere, which have increased because of human activities.” Discover how our climate is changing in this newly released EPA report, Climate… Read More

Discounted Energy Efficiency Audits available for Utah Agricultural Operations & Rural Small Businesses

Recently, USDA Rural Development awarded 26 grants to help rural small businesses and agricultural producers across rural America conserve energy and develop renewable energy systems, ultimately reducing their carbon footprint, lowering overhead costs and helping to create jobs. The grants are made possible through the USDA Rural Development Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), which helps farms and small businesses right-size their energy systems and helps with the installation costs for renewable… Read More

The Changing American Diet – how what we eat has changed since the 1970s

Using data from the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Availability Data System, which estimates much food is produced and how much food people eat from 1970 until 2013, a new webpage demonstrates change in key food items through interactive graphs. The data covers the major food categories, such as meat, fruits, and vegetables, across many food items on a per capita and daily basis.   Margarine saw a steady decline over this time period, while dark… Read More