Tag: air quality

On mental illness, high altitude won’t keep us down

The Better UTAH Beat airs Tuesday afternoons on KVNU’s For the People. Podcasts of previous episodes are available here. —– The word “belt” is often used to describe various parts of the country. There is the Bible Belt–which includes the lower Midwest and the South. Then there is the Rust Belt–which describes old industrial sections of the

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On air quality, legislature sends mixed-signals

Air quality in Utah is among the unhealthiest in the nation. Forbes magazine has ranked Salt Lake City as the ninth most toxic city in the United States, paired along with the American Lung Associations “F” grade of Salt Lake County for the two most important components of air pollution, ozone and particulate matter.¹ Why

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Utah air quality makes Beijing look good

Days like today I wish my office space didn’t have a window. Usually I have beautiful views of Mount Olympus and Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons. Today, as you can see from this photo, you would never even know we have mountains in Utah. As of this writing, the PM2.5 in Salt Lake City is

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The Wheels on the Bus go round, and round, and round, and round

As part of our Better Air/Better Utah project, I decided to put the Utah Transit system to the test. In past attempts at using transit, the amount of time versus my other responsibilities (i.e kids) just didn’t make it feasible. But considering the air quality, or lack thereof, I felt it was time to try

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