Jennifer Pemberton http://upr.org en Locally Roasted Coffee, Now with 95 Percent Less Air Pollution http://upr.org/post/locally-roasted-coffee-now-95-percent-less-air-pollution <p>Utah Governor Gary Herbert was in Cache Valley this week to hand deliver a check to the owner of Logan’s <a href="https://www.caffeibis.com/" target="_blank">Caffe Ibis Coffee Roasting Company</a>. The money will partially cover the cost of a piece of equipment that reduces the roaster’s emissions by 95 percent. Despite a tragic setback, the company’s efforts to clean up the air are proceeding at full speed.</p><p>When we think of things that produce air pollution, we think of things like cars and oil refineries. We don’t necessarily think of the giant oven that bakes goldfish-shaped crackers or the small cabinet shop on the edge of town or the local organic coffee roaster. But anything that burns creates particulate pollution -- so any effort to reduce air pollution in a community has to address individual contributions from our homes and our vehicles and the contributions of factories big and small. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 01:00:00 +0000 Jennifer Pemberton 43446 at http://upr.org Locally Roasted Coffee, Now with 95 Percent Less Air Pollution BLM And USU Put Heads Together For Uintah Basin Ozone Problem http://upr.org/post/blm-and-usu-put-heads-together-uintah-basin-ozone-problem <p>On Friday, the Bureau of Land Management and Utah State University signed an agreement to share research on air quality in the Uintah Basin. UPR’s Jennifer Pemberton traveled to Vernal to see how this agreement might make life easier for researchers trying to understand the mystery of wintertime ozone in the rural West.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Ozone is associated with summer air pollution in populated places. Today in northeastern Utah, even within the city limits of Vernal, the air is clean. But almost everything about air pollution here is backwards. Mon, 02 Jun 2014 15:00:00 +0000 Jennifer Pemberton 41888 at http://upr.org BLM And USU Put Heads Together For Uintah Basin Ozone Problem March Is For Melting In The Arctic http://upr.org/post/march-melting-arctic <p>You're probably not thinking about the Arctic now that spring is here, but March is the month when the sea ice is at its maximum. UPR's Jennifer Pemberton flew over the Arctic this month and has this reflection on the season's melt and the more serious melt.</p><p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 22:40:29 +0000 Jennifer Pemberton 38985 at http://upr.org March Is For Melting In The Arctic Blue Skies Still Inspire Pollution Artists Visiting Utah http://upr.org/post/blue-skies-still-inspire-pollution-artists-visiting-utah <p>Utah’s winter air pollution often entices comparisons to Beijing, a city notorious for having off-the-chart smog levels, which is why a delegation of artists from China and Taiwan are in Salt Lake City this month to let Utah’s inversion inspire them. The project called “<a href="http://beijing-slc.web.utah.edu/" target="_blank">Beijing-SLC</a><a href="http://beijing-slc.web.utah.edu/" target="_blank"> Connect</a>” invites the artists to compare the pollution problems of these two cities through art.</p> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 22:08:21 +0000 Jennifer Pemberton 37144 at http://upr.org Blue Skies Still Inspire Pollution Artists Visiting Utah No Vote from Senate on "Stricter Than EPA" Air Quality Bill http://upr.org/post/no-vote-senate-stricter-epa-air-quality-bill <p>The clean air community had high hopes for <a href="http://le.utah.gov/~2014/bills/static/SB0164.html" target="_blank">SB 164</a>, which did not pass out of the Senate Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environment committee on Tuesday. Jennifer Pemberton has more on the bill’s short life.</p><p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 23:02:30 +0000 Jennifer Pemberton 36636 at http://upr.org No Vote from Senate on "Stricter Than EPA" Air Quality Bill Air Pollution on Lawmakers' Minds Inside the Capitol http://upr.org/post/air-pollution-lawmakers-minds-inside-capitol <div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Two days ago the Capitol steps were full of protesters demanding that the legislature do something to clean up Utah’s air. Today the commotion was inside the chambers as the general legislature session opened. When asked what they’re hearing from constituents, majority and minority leaders in both the house and the senate said "air quality".</span></p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 00:19:22 +0000 Jennifer Pemberton 36234 at http://upr.org Air Pollution on Lawmakers' Minds Inside the Capitol Thousands Rally for Clean Air Legislation http://upr.org/post/thousands-rally-clean-air-legislation <p>Thousands of protesters turned up at the Utah State Capitol over the weekend for the “Clean Air, No Excuses” rally. UPR’s Jennifer Pemberton tells us why voters and activists are targeting lawmakers two days before the start of the general legislative session.</p><p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 01:01:06 +0000 Jennifer Pemberton 36187 at http://upr.org Thousands Rally for Clean Air Legislation More Than A Mitten: Knitting In A Changing Utah http://upr.org/post/more-mitten-knitting-changing-utah <p>When is a mitten not just a mitten? When UPR commentator Jennifer Pemberton is knitting it in the wake of the changing definition of legal marriage in Utah.</p><p>"Latvian women knitted hundreds of pairs of mittens and her dowry included an entire chestful of mittens to be distributed to her husband’s family, given not just to her new in-laws, but also to her husband’s family’s cows and pigs, the fruit trees, and even to inanimate objects like doorknobs and stables. A bride and groom even ate their wedding meal with their mittens on. Many a folk song tells of the foolish man who chooses a pretty hand over a warm one."</p><p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 15:45:15 +0000 Jennifer Pemberton 35831 at http://upr.org More Than A Mitten: Knitting In A Changing Utah Women Win Elections in Utah...But They Have to Run First http://upr.org/post/women-win-elections-utahbut-they-have-run-first <p>Dozens of women with political ambition or at least curiosity, turned up at the Real Women Run training in Sandy over the weekend.</p><p><a href="http://www.realwomenrun.org/" target="_blank">Real Women Run </a>is a nonpartisan advocacy group that encourages women to run for public office in Utah. Because statistics show that women win elections at the same rate as men, but very few women run for office in the first place, especially in Utah, where they make up only 15 percent of the state legislature.</p><p>Gender isn’t the only way these women don’t fit the mold in Utah politics. Maile Wilson probably exemplifies this best.</p><p>Wilson was elected last November as the first female and youngest mayor ever of Cedar City.</p><p>“I was 26 when I filed. There had never been anyone under mid- to late-fifties…I’m still in a small conservative community, not married, being a female, not having children, all the stereotypical roles,” Wilson said. Mon, 13 Jan 2014 22:02:47 +0000 Jennifer Pemberton 35673 at http://upr.org Women Win Elections in Utah...But They Have to Run First Oh Tamarack, Oh Tamarack, How Empty Are Your Branches http://upr.org/post/oh-tamarack-oh-tamarack-how-empty-are-your-branches <p>Did you hear the one about the Californians who moved to Washington and cut down their first wild Christmas tree? Jennifer Pemberton has the punchline in this story about Christmas in the Evergreen State.</p><p> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 00:33:09 +0000 Jennifer Pemberton 34666 at http://upr.org Oh Tamarack, Oh Tamarack, How Empty Are Your Branches