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Up to forty percent of America's food is being wasted along the supply chain.
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Earth Day is right around the corner and if you are looking for ways to get involved or reduce your footprint, look no further than the fridge. According to the United Sates Department of Agriculture, up to 60 percent of food waste occurs in households and businesses. While composting is an option for some of that waste, there may be other uses for your stale doughnuts and banana peels.

Native plants benefit bird species across the U.S.
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The National Audubon Society has just launched a new citizen-science project called Plants for Birds. The project calls for individuals across the U.S. to replace turf and non-native landscapes with native plants, which are important to the life cycle of native bird species.  

Girls in Aviation takes flight
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The Girls in Aviation program was started just one year ago by the Cache Makers group based out of Logan, UT. The program focuses on exposing girls ages nine to 15 to the aviation industry as well as broad STEM, or Science Technology Engineering and Math, opportunities.

Example of a NEON site tower constructed for data collection
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A group of researchers at Utah State University are leading a project called ARGON or Augmenting Research Grounded On NEON. The program has already collected over 18 million data points related to species and community traits.

View of the Salt Lake City skyline
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  Scientists at the University of Utah are leading the way in what we can learn about CO2 emissions in urban and rural settings. What began as one sensor, established on the university’s campus in 2001, has grown to a network of five sensors measuring emissions across the Salt Lake Valley.

The rate of spring runoff is prompted by dust deposition in addition to warming temperatures
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According to a recent study, increasing temperatures are not the only factors contributing to spring snowmelt.  

Environmental tax suggests we pay more for gas to offset environmental costs
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The Cache Clean Air Consortium hosts regular events that enable residents to learn about and become involved with improving their local air. Their events include the annual high school Clean Air Poster contests, bike challenges and expert talks. 

Residents along the Wasatch front surveyed on water issues
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A recent study by Utah science researchers indicates communicating about science can have an impact on efforts by scientists to manage and protect the state’s water resources. The study also shows a correlation between public outreach events and citizen involvement when it comes to participating in water information programs.  

Milky Way Galaxy as seen at night
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To earn the designation as an International Dark Sky Community by the International Dark Sky Association, residents in Torrey implemented lighting ordinances, replaced outdoor street bulbs and coordinated public education about the benefits of having a dark sky.

Citizens gather at local town hall meeting to discuss current and upcoming legislation.
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Republican Utah Senator Lyle Hillyard of Logan chairs the Public Education Appropriations Subcommittee.

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The study finds poor air quality not only affects our environment, but also our health. Researchers University of Utah Health and Intermountain Healthcare report a correlation between high incidents of pneumonia and winter inversions along the Wasatch Front. 

A red moon otherwise known as a blood moon
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Supermoons, the recently coined term for the appearance of a larger moon, are becoming more publicized, although they are not actually becoming more frequent. This next supermoon is more unusual however, with the coinciding of a new moon and total lunar eclipse, this next supermoon is something to look forward to.

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Poor air quality remains a serious health and environmental issue for many Utahns. At Monday’s opening of the Utah Legislative Session, many officials said they advocated for improving the state’s air quality. 

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Salt Lake City was ranked seventh in the nation for being the best metropolitan area for STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) professions, according to a WalletHub study. The report ranks 100 of the largest metro areas in the nation on their suitability for STEM professionals and includes over a dozen metrics which range from per-capita job openings for STEM graduates to annual median wage growth for STEM jobs.

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Student budgets are often a juggle between want and necessity. For many, food spending declines as textbook purchases and extra-curricular spending rises. 

Over 100 Years Of Bird Counting

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The 118th Annual Christmas Bird Count, organized by the Audubon Society, is in full swing. The event dates back to Christmas Day 1900 and has been held in Cache Valley since 1955. 

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Last week, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, also known as FERC, formally accepted the state’s application for the Lake Powell Pipeline. This notice affirms that the proposed 140-mile pipeline, which would draw water from the Colorado River to serve southwestern Utah communities is ready for environmental analysis and public comment.