None of the world’s top industries would be profitable if they paid for the natural capital they use

By David Roberts on Apr 17, 2013 GRIST.ORG The notion of “externalities” has become familiar in environmental circles. It refers to costs imposed by businesses that are not paid for by those businesses. For instance, industrial processes can put pollutants in the air that increase public health costs, but the public, not the polluting businesses, picks up the tab. In this way, businesses privatize profits and publicize costs. While the notion is incredibly useful, especially in folding eco...
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Report classifies Utah as a natural resources hog

July is a big month for significant dates. But nestled between the nation’s Independence Day on July 4 and Utah’s Pioneer Day on July 24 came another milestone. On July 14, we reached our national Ecological Deficit Day. An ecological deficit means we’ve consumed more resources for the year than our land, waters and ecosystems can produce or absorb. As with overspending cash, it means we dip into credit that has to somehow be paid back. The environmental think tank Global Footprint Network...
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Utah Native Plant Society Monthly Meeting

Dear GSLA Members & Friends, Our friends at Utah Native Plant Society have invited us to join them at their monthly chapter meeting for a presentation by one of our very own, Wayne Martinson. Topic: Envisioning a sustainable population living in harmony with Utah's natural environment Presenter: Wayne Martinson, Board member & former Chair of Utah Population and Environment Council When: Wednesday April 5th, 7:30 pm Where: REI (3300 S and 3300 E) Absent from many discussions ...
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Liquor, abortion, guns, taxes: Big issues for last 4 days of Utah Legislature session

Utah lawmakers head into their final week of the legislative session trying to finalize a budget, as well as consider a major overhaul of liquor laws and a tax package that raises the sales tax on food but lowers the rate on all sales tax. The 45-day session wraps up Thursday. But until the clock strikes midnight that day, expect legislators to put in long hours and power through hundreds of bills. Here is the paragraph on  Abortion. For the rest of the story, here's the LINK Republican Re...
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Love visits Legislature, talks controversial over-the-counter contraception bill

• Utah Legislature 2017 SALT LAKE CITY — Rep. Mia Love, R-Utah, updated lawmakers Thursday on her current priorities in Congress, including a bill she acknowledged has been "controversial." As part of her efforts to contribute to the replacement of the Affordable Care Act, Love said she is pushing forward a bill that would allow contraceptives to be sold over the counter without a prescription. "If we are going to be pro-life, we need to be able to give people as much access to birth control ...
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Free Family Planning at the University of Utah

University of Utah project provides free family planning to women By Wendy Leonard@wendyleonards Published: Nov. 13, 2016 7:45 p.m. SALT LAKE CITY — Raising children is no easy task, and a group of local researchers wants to help women make the choice of becoming a mother more intentional. The HER Salt Lake initiative, based at the University of Utah, intends to counsel at least 7,000 women and give them access to the birth control method they choose, free of charge. "I ha...
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Parliament of the World’s Religions – Salt Lake City – October 15 through 19, 2015

  What: The 2015 Parliament of the World’s Religions  http://www.parliamentofreligions.org When: October 15 - 19, 2015 Where: Salt Palace Convention Center, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA Visit our booth at the Parliament. UPEC will be in Exhibit Hall A, Space # 916.  Salt Palace Conv Ctr Map       Parliament  Booth Map  The Parliament is the oldest, the largest, and the most inclusive gathering of people of all faith and traditions. The first Parliament took place in 1893....
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