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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Over 168,000 Gallons of Oil Spills into Ecologically Sensitive Galveston Bay

Over 168,000 Gallons of Oil Spills into Ecologically Sensitive Galveston Bay

A barge moving through Galveston Bay collided with another ship Saturday afternoon, spilling over 168,000 gallons of marine fuel oil. The spill is particularly devastating, even though it

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Americans Put the Environment Ahead of Economic Growth For the First Time Since the Recession

Americans Put the Environment Ahead of Economic Growth For the First Time Since the Recession

Photo from Shutterstock A few years ago, when the economy took a nosedive, a majority of Americans decided for the first time since the 1980s that the economy was more important to protect

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Officials in Western U.S. Brace for Fire Season After Drought and a Hot Winter

Officials in Western U.S. Brace for Fire Season After Drought and a Hot Winter

It may seem like just yesterday that the wildfires in California finally died down, but experts in the state are already worried about the coming fire season after a long, hot winter comes to a

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‘Urban Jungle’ Google Street View Hack Shows Cities in a Post Apocalyptic World

‘Urban Jungle’ Google Street View Hack Shows Cities in a Post Apocalyptic World

If you can’t wait to see what the post-apocalyptic future will look like, a Swedish developer has created a Google Street View hack that will make your day. Einar Odberg used Google's street

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Miniature Teacup Pigs are a Cruel Scam

Miniature Teacup Pigs are a Cruel Scam

Lately miniature “teacup” pigs have popped up in ads as an adorable alternative to the family dog, but they are also a complete scam. What those ads fail to mention is not only will those

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Ugly New Diamond Reveals an Ocean of Water Below the Earth’s Crust

Ugly New Diamond Reveals an Ocean of Water Below the Earth’s Crust

Scientists recently discovered a small, rough diamond that reveals an ocean of water below the Earth’s surface. The battered diamond discovered in a riverbed in Brazil provides evidence for a

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EPA Unbans BP in Time for New Gulf Oil and Gas Contracts

EPA Unbans BP in Time for New Gulf Oil and Gas Contracts

The US Environmental Protection Agency just announced that it has ended its government contract ban against British Petroleum (BP) after the company agreed to new safety standards. Following the

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California May Truck Salmon to the Sea Because of Drought

California May Truck Salmon to the Sea Because of Drought

Salmon image / Shutterstock California’s drought isn’t just impacting the people living in the state’s parched cities. It’s also a disaster for animals - which is why officials are

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Senate Democrats Stay Up All Night to Fight Climate Change

Senate Democrats Stay Up All Night to Fight Climate Change

U.S. Senators held an all-night talking session last night to bring focus to the issue of climate change. For some countries that might not seem like such a big deal, but in the U.S. (where just

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6.9 Earthquake Hits Northern California

6.9 Earthquake Hits Northern California

A 6.9 earthquake shook California yesterday, striking just off of the northern coast near Eureka, followed by at least a dozen aftershocks with a magnitude as high as 4.6. The earthquake struck

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Scientists Predict California May be Headed for a 100-Year Megadrought

Scientists Predict California May be Headed for a 100-Year Megadrought

Scientists predict that California's current drought may be just the beginning of a serious 100-year megadrought. Scientist Lynn Ingram has studied the history of drought in the western United

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Ghana is Adding a Whopping 600 Megawatts of Solar to its National Power Grid

Ghana is Adding a Whopping 600 Megawatts of Solar to its National Power Grid

Image of solar panels / Shutterstock Ghana just made a major investment in solar energy with plans to build over 600 megawatts worth of photovoltaic power parks. Better still, the companies

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Poachers are Destroying California’s Giant Redwood Trees

Poachers are Destroying California’s Giant Redwood Trees

You've probably heard of poachers targeting tortoises and rhinos, but the latest poaching threat in North America doesn’t involve an animal. Poachers have been sneaking into California's

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Conservationists Scar Shells to Protect Endangered Tortoises

Conservationists Scar Shells to Protect Endangered Tortoises

Tortoises are among the most endangered species on the planet, and a good shell can fetch tens of thousands of dollars. In order to protect the world’s tortoises, conservationists are defacing

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Monsanto’s Toxic Roundup Herbicide Found in 75 Percent of Rain and Air Samples

Monsanto’s Toxic Roundup Herbicide Found in 75 Percent of Rain and Air Samples

Monsanto's Roundup herbicide is toxic, causes insect and weed immunity, and it has been found in 75 percent of air and rain test samples in at least one part of the United States. The US

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NAS and Royal Society Scientists Answer All Your Climate Change Questions in New Report

NAS and Royal Society Scientists Answer All Your Climate Change Questions in New Report

Image of penguins on melting ice / Shutterstock A joint report released by the US National Academy of Sciences and The Royal Society warns that not only is man-made global warming real, it

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USDA Pledges Millions to Help Honeybee Populations Recover

USDA Pledges Millions to Help Honeybee Populations Recover

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is pulling out the big guns to save struggling honeybee populations, pledging millions of dollars to help ranchers and farmers nurture bee colonies for food

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Supreme Court Supports the EPA’s Power to Control Carbon Emissions

Supreme Court Supports the EPA’s Power to Control Carbon Emissions

Several U.S. Supreme Court justices just confirmed that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has sufficient power to regulate carbon emissions. A case brought by 13 states and several power

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Louisiana Oil Spill Shuts Down New Orleans Port and Parts of the Mississippi River

Louisiana Oil Spill Shuts Down New Orleans Port and Parts of the Mississippi River

The Port of New Orleans and surrounding areas were closed Sunday after a barge collided with a tow boat, causing oil to spill into the Mississippi River. The boats were located between Baton

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100 Tons of Radioactive Water Leak From Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant

100 Tons of Radioactive Water Leak From Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant

It seems that whenever the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan appears to be under control, something new happens to set back progress. The plant’s operator just discovered the worst leak

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GOP Lawmaker Says We Actually Need More CO2 in the Atmosphere

GOP Lawmaker Says We Actually Need More CO2 in the Atmosphere

Utah has a fair share of air quality problems - in fact, Salt Lake City is often rated as one of the most polluted cities in the nation. But one lawmaker suggests that the problem isn’t too

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Second Danish Zoo Says it No Longer Plans to Kill Giraffe Named Marius

Second Danish Zoo Says it No Longer Plans to Kill Giraffe Named Marius

Animal lovers had barely recovered from the news that a Danish zoo killed a perfectly healthy giraffe and fed it to the lions when a second Danish zoo announced its intentions to do the same

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Conservationists to Move Rhinos Threatened by Poaching from South Africa to Botswana

Conservationists to Move Rhinos Threatened by Poaching from South Africa to Botswana

After years of unsuccessful cries for protection, some of South Africa’s threatened rhinos are finally being rescued. Conservationists have announced a plan to relocate the endangered animals

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Will Rats Become Earth’s New Overlords After the Next Mass Extinction?

Will Rats Become Earth’s New Overlords After the Next Mass Extinction?

When humans are eradicated from the planet, rats may become Earth's new overlords. At least, that’s the result of a new thought experiment done by a group of researchers led by Jan Zalasiewicz

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It’s Official: LEGO Ghostbusters Set Coming to Store Shelves

It’s Official: LEGO Ghostbusters Set Coming to Store Shelves

The Ghostbusters were destined to be reincarnated in LEGO form, and now it’s official. Thanks to the latest LEGO CUUSOO project, a platform that allows LEGO fans to build their own creations

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Why PV Solar is Better than Thermal Energy for Precious Water Supplies

Why PV Solar is Better than Thermal Energy for Precious Water Supplies

Lack of water is a huge problem in vast portions of the United States, where there is hardly enough to go around after the farms, ranches and cities have gotten their fill. So it really makes no

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USDA Says Global Warming is Hurting Agriculture, Announces “Climate Hubs” to Address the Threat

USDA Says Global Warming is Hurting Agriculture, Announces “Climate Hubs” to Address the Threat

Lengthy droughts, severe storms, epic floods and fires, and extreme temperatures have all wreaked havoc on the agricultural landscape in the past year, putting some ranchers and farmers out of

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Farm Bill Passes the Senate with Massive Overhaul of Controversial Subsidy System

Farm Bill Passes the Senate with Massive Overhaul of Controversial Subsidy System

Farmers Market photo from Shutterstock The nearly one trillion dollar farm bill passed the senate on Tuesday, with plenty of good news for the state of agriculture, but also plenty of bad

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NASA Shows 60 Years of Climate Change in 15 Seconds

NASA Shows 60 Years of Climate Change in 15 Seconds

This winter has been kind of insane in the U.S., with a polar vortex one week and snow storms in the South the next, which has some climate change-deniers howling about global warming. NASA is

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Delhi’s Air Pollution is Even Worse Than Beijing’s Smog

Delhi’s Air Pollution is Even Worse Than Beijing’s Smog

China gets all the attention when it comes to terrible air quality, but the truth is that the worst day in Beijing is really just an average day in Delhi. Though it gets far less notice, the air

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