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Extremely hot days aren’t just uncomfortable. They’re unhealthy too. And the number of them is growing – nationally and in Utah – according to a new report by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

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Imagine this: The oil and gas industry in Utah supports overhauling air-quality permits for their wells – and so do environmental groups. It’s what’s actually happening right now at the Utah Division of Air Quality (DAQ) with its proposed regulations for more than 12,000 oil and gas wells in the state.

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Toxic algae in nine Utah water bodies has triggered warnings and a reservoir closure.

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The state agency behind the Lake Powell Pipeline proposal is asking for more time to provide key information to federal regulators.

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Utah prairie dogs are only the size of a teacup poodle, but their federally protected status has been causing  big headaches in southwestern Utah.

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The age-old rivalry between BYU’s Cougars and the University of Utah’s Utes has taken on a surprising, purple twist.

The aim is unity for a new student group with factions at both universities.

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The National Weather Service says Salt Lake City just logged another record-setting summer.

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U.S. Rep. Mia Love, R-Utah, spoke Thursday about the importance of protecting the environment. One of only a few high-profile Republicans who’s addressed climate change, the 4th District Congresswoman talked about her family’s love of camping and enjoying Utah natural amenities at the Snowbird Resort, where around for 300 people gathered at the Outdoor Recreation Summit for northern Utah.

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There’s finally a compromise after more than a year of anxiety about rooftop solar rates.

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U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has submitted what he called a “draft” report after reviewing 27 national monuments over four months. He told the Associated Press Thursday he’s not suggesting eliminating any monuments. But he does want to scale back a few that, in his view, go beyond the limits of the law.

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A summit in Salt Lake City this week focuses on the West’s wild horses and burros.

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Any day now, the Trump Administration is due to announce its decision on the future of twenty-one national monuments. Bears Ears in southeastern Utah is one of them.

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On Monday morning a partial solar eclipse was visible over Salt Lake City. At the University of Utah several thousand people gathered to watch the moon pass in front of the sun.

Eclipse: A Learning Opportunity To Study Energy

Aug 21, 2017
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The solar eclipse has long been a research opportunity for astronomers and physicists. Now, energy researchers are taking part, too.

Monday’s eclipse will disrupt U.S. solar energy production during a time when energy use is at its peak, and it’ll do so in a very predictable way across a huge area. That will allow researchers, including some at the National Renewable Energy Lab in Golden Colorado, to test projections and software that could balance energy supplies and demands. 

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Utah drinking water officials are asking schools around the state to test for lead after spot checks turned up elevated levels in a few schools.

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Stately, old trees stand at the heart of Holladay’s identity.

But some residents are saying proposed city limits on tree cutting go too far. And that’s made the tree ordinance the subject of some lively, civic debate in the East Bench community.

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It took nearly seven hours for Utah’s Public Service Commission to hear all the people who wanted to speak Wednesday about solar energy.

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Newspapers are reporting this week that some federal-government scientists worry the Trump administration will suppress their latest climate change update. Other reports say scientists in the U.S. Department of Agriculture have been warned to stop using the term “climate change.”

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Rocky Mountain Power and rooftop solar advocates have been negotiating for months, but they still can’t agree on how to compensate solar customers for excess energy they send to the grid. So, next week the Utah Public Service Commission begins hearings on the question.

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The American Lands Council is a non-profit that’s been promoting the idea of transferring federal lands to the states.  With the political shift in Washington, the group is taking on a new focus.

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People who attend the Outdoor Retailer trade show are saying their goodbyes to Salt Lake City. Around a thousand of them hiked to the State Capitol Thursday for what they called the “This Land is Our Land” March for public lands

The Obama administration’s top lands official applauded the outdoor recreation industry’s work Wednesday to protect public lands in Utah and nationwide.

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Utah’s water strategy has been years in the making.

And dozens of people with wide-ranging backgrounds have been sorting through the question: How is Utah going to maintain its quality of life, a healthy environment and a robust economy when water is limited and the population continues to grow?

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The nation’s top environmental regulator stopped in Utah Tuesday to talk about clean water. He heard ideas from state officials and industry about revamping a controversial regulation.

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An environmental group is raising new concerns about efforts to get the Bears Ears National Monument scrapped.

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Field trips are kicking off the National Audubon Society’s convention just after sunrise this morning, as one of the nation’s biggest and oldest conservation organizations gathers in Park City.

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Restaurateur Blake Spalding, like many other national monument supporters, has been urging visitors to her Hell’s Backbone Grill in Boulder, Utah, to share their thoughts about possible changes the Trump administration is pondering for national monuments.  The review of 27 monuments includes the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument nearby.

Zinke Targets Oil And Gas Backlog

Jul 7, 2017

Secretary Ryan Zinke wants to make it easier and quicker for fossil fuel companies to drill on federal land. 

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Utah’s biggest convention is pulling stakes and moving to Denver after two decades in Salt Lake City. The move is no surprise after the public clash between Utah’s Republican leaders and outdoor recreation industry leaders last spring.

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State and county officials continue to monitor toxic blue-green algae in Utah Lake. They’re warning people to avoid a bloom that concentrated in Provo Bay.

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