Kristine Lofgren

 

Kristine is a writer and designer from Salt Lake City, Utah. Passionate about green design and pretty words in equal parts, she spends her days blogging, writing, designing and working towards her Masters in English at the University of Utah. Kristine discovered her passion for the environment while growing up on the trails of the Rocky Mountains and has had her feet (and hands) in the dirt ever since.

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Vegetarians Live 20% Longer, According to New Study

Vegetarians Live 20% Longer, According to New Study

According to new research, eating meat might be killing you - and the planet. A new study conducted by Loma Linda University shows that vegetarians and semi-vegetarians live 20% longer than

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Solar Philéas: Modular Apartment Upgrade for 120-Year-Old French Building Wins Energy Efficiency Prize at Solar Decathlon Europe

Solar Philéas: Modular Apartment Upgrade for 120-Year-Old French Building Wins Energy Efficiency Prize at Solar Decathlon Europe

The Cap 44 building is part of the city's heritage as one of the first reinforced concrete buildings in the world; a style that was later copied in thousands of buildings around the globe. The

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Federal Government Creates Largest ‘Critical Habitat’ Ever to Protect Endangered Loggerhead Turtles

Federal Government Creates Largest ‘Critical Habitat’ Ever to Protect Endangered Loggerhead Turtles

Yesterday, 300,000 square miles of ocean along the Gulf and Atlantic Coasts was set aside as critical habitat in the largest designation ever in U.S. history. The ruling seeks to protect the

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Climate Change Could Dramatically Increase UV Storms and Radiation

Climate Change Could Dramatically Increase UV Storms and Radiation

When it comes to radiation, fearsome disasters like Fukushima and Chernobyl capture the headlines. But for most people, the real radiation risk comes from the sun - and global warming could make

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Why Oklahoma is the New California When it Comes to Earthquakes

Why Oklahoma is the New California When it Comes to Earthquakes

When you think of earthquake country, you probably picture California with its all-too-frequent seismic rumblings. These days the state you should be imagining is Oklahoma. Between 1978 and

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Massive Supertyphoon Neoguri Pummels Southern Japan

Massive Supertyphoon Neoguri Pummels Southern Japan

The first supertyphoon of 2014 is sweeping across Japan, bringing violent waves and devastating 150 mph winds. Areas have been evacuated and airports closed as the storm landed on the southern

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Scientists Find That Koalas are Officially the Original Tree Huggers

Scientists Find That Koalas are Officially the Original Tree Huggers

In what will no doubt go own in history as the world's most adorable scientific study, scientists have uncovered the secrets of how koalas keep themselves cool in the sweltering Australian

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This Simple Laundry Additive Could Turn Your Shirt (or Pants, or Dress…) into a Mobile Air Purifier

This Simple Laundry Additive Could Turn Your Shirt (or Pants, or Dress…) into a Mobile Air Purifier

Air purifiers are great and everything, but what would it be like if you could take that air cleaning power everywhere you go, built right into your clothing? Catalytic Clothing wants to create

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Scientists Just Created a Virus With the Potential to Wipe Out Humanity

Scientists Just Created a Virus With the Potential to Wipe Out Humanity

It’s like something you would expect out of a horror movie, but this story is unfortunately all true. A professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison - ignoring every virus-related thriller

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World’s First Mosquito-Repelling Newspaper Boosts Print Sales 30% in Sri Lanka

World’s First Mosquito-Repelling Newspaper Boosts Print Sales 30% in Sri Lanka

A Sri Lankan newspaper may have just found a a way to sustain the struggling print business - and it's helping to stop the spread of mosquito-borne diseases at the same time. Mawbina newspaper

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Emperor Penguins May be Wiped Out Due to Melting Antarctic Ice

Emperor Penguins May be Wiped Out Due to Melting Antarctic Ice

Melting Antarctic sea ice is a major problem for the entire planet, but for emperor penguins, the situation is dire. Because their environment is vanishing at an alarming rate, the famous

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Think You Can Disprove Climate Change? A Scientist is Offering $10,000 if You Can

Think You Can Disprove Climate Change? A Scientist is Offering $10,000 if You Can

Think climate change is some sort of elaborate hoax? Prove it. That’s the challenge from Dr. Christopher Keating - and if you're up to the task, he is willing to put his money where his mouth

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This Organic, Cheap, Rechargeable Battery Could Change the Future of Renewable Energy

This Organic, Cheap, Rechargeable Battery Could Change the Future of Renewable Energy

Large-scale energy storage is one of the major challenges facing renewable energy, but a recent breakthrough could be a real game changer. Scientists at USC, led by professor Sri Narayan, just

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There’s an 80% Chance that El Nino Will Hit Between October and November

There’s an 80% Chance that El Nino Will Hit Between October and November

The past few years have seen weather extremes around the globe - and it looks like we won’t be catching a break this year, either. Scientists predict there's an 80 percent chance that El Nino

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Microsoft Office Can Make Life Easier for the Mom-On-the-Go

Microsoft Office Can Make Life Easier for the Mom-On-the-Go

For a busy parent, every little time saver helps and Microsoft Office 365 is one tool that can give the busy mom or dad-on-the-go the edge needed to get it all done. With one subscription, you

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New Report Shows that Fishermen in the US Lose $1 Billion in Wasted Catch Every Year

New Report Shows that Fishermen in the US Lose $1 Billion in Wasted Catch Every Year

Each time a fisherman casts a net, unwanted fish and marine life, known as by-catch, gets caught up in the process. Most of the animals are tossed out, although oftentimes they are already

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Australia’s Proposal to Strip Rainforest of Heritage Status is Rejected by the UN

Australia’s Proposal to Strip Rainforest of Heritage Status is Rejected by the UN

Environmentalists everywhere (not to mention the planet itself) can breathe a huge sigh of relief, as the UN just rejected a bid by Australia to revoke the heritage status of Tasmania’s

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Chicago’s New Lamp Posts Track All Kinds of Data About People and the Environment

Chicago’s New Lamp Posts Track All Kinds of Data About People and the Environment

Next time you walk down a street in Chicago, take a look at those innocuous and ever-present light poles, because they may not be what they seem. Chicago is installing a network of

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Mass Pacific Starfish Die Off Linked to Warming Oceans

Mass Pacific Starfish Die Off Linked to Warming Oceans

For nearly a year, scientists have been scrambling to understand why starfish in the Pacific Ocean have been dying in droves. In fact, the problem has gotten so bad that many scientists expect

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Mayors from Across the Nation Sign Pledge to Address Climate Change

Mayors from Across the Nation Sign Pledge to Address Climate Change

Mayors from around the nation met this week in Dallas, Texas to discuss the issues important to their communities - and one of the major topics this year was climate change. Mayors from New

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Funky Aluminum Hybrid Vehicle Travels on Railways to Reach Abandoned Communities

Funky Aluminum Hybrid Vehicle Travels on Railways to Reach Abandoned Communities

After nearly 5,000 miles of railway tracks were abandoned in Mexico and Ecuador 20 years ago, communities were left isolated without easy access to the world outside. Two artists want to re-open

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Americans Waste $4 Billion on Outdated Dryers

Americans Waste $4 Billion on Outdated Dryers

While some appliances have moved into the future, the humble dryer has been stuck in the past. As refrigerators, washing machines and other things have evolved and become much more energy

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Help Save the World’s Oceans by Supporting the Ocean Cleanup Array!

Help Save the World’s Oceans by Supporting the Ocean Cleanup Array!

Plastic waste in the ocean is no joke - there are millions of tons of it out there, wreaking all kinds of havoc on sea life and the ocean's ecology. It’s easy to feel helpless, especially

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Activists Protest Chinese Dog-Eating Festival that Slaughters Thousands of Animals

Activists Protest Chinese Dog-Eating Festival that Slaughters Thousands of Animals

China's summer solstice festival is about to kick off, but one aspect of the festivities has drawn the ire of animal rights activists. That’s because, in addition to liquor and celebration,

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Garlic May Be the Key to Reducing Cow Methane Emissions

Garlic May Be the Key to Reducing Cow Methane Emissions

Sometimes it’s the little things that make all the difference. For instance, in the battle between methane and global warming, garlic could prove to be the little allium that could. Methane is

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TEPCO Battles to Construct Fukushima Ice Wall to Contain Leaking Radiation

TEPCO Battles to Construct Fukushima Ice Wall to Contain Leaking Radiation

Over three years have passed since the devastating Fukushima disaster, yet TEPCO, the plant’s operator, is still struggling to contain radioactive water flowing from the site. A few months ago

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Experts Warn That World’s Energy Infrastructure is Vulnerable to Climate Change

Experts Warn That World’s Energy Infrastructure is Vulnerable to Climate Change

Energy companies may shoulder a large portion of the blame for the warming planet - after all, they are responsible for around 40% of global emissions - but a new study shows that they will also

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New Super Bananas With Orange Flesh Could Slash Vitamin A Deficiency in Low-Income Communities

New Super Bananas With Orange Flesh Could Slash Vitamin A Deficiency in Low-Income Communities

Genetically modified foods get a lot of negative attention, but sometimes GMOs can be a good thing. New genetically engineered bananas may soon be grown in low-income communities in order to

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The World’s Smallest Electric Vehicle Folds Up Smaller Than Carry-On Luggage

The World’s Smallest Electric Vehicle Folds Up Smaller Than Carry-On Luggage

Riding a bike to work has its limitations. The charm fades after a few days of arriving to work covered in sweat and then manhandling your bike into a spot where it will hopefully still be at

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McFly You Bojo, Hoverboards Don’t Work on Water… Unless You’ve Got the Hoverboard by ZR!

McFly You Bojo, Hoverboards Don’t Work on Water… Unless You’ve Got the Hoverboard by ZR!

There have been plenty of attempts at hoverboards in the past, but none of them have really touched our Back to the Future aspirations - but this one might be even better than our dreams, at

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