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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Carbon Dioxide Levels Reach the Highest Point Ever in Human History

Carbon Dioxide Levels Reach the Highest Point Ever in Human History

Monday marks a major milestone for life on Earth, and it isn’t one to be proud of. Carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere are the highest they have been in at least 800,000 years, reaching

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French Scientists Developing Earthquake ‘Shields’ to Protect Cities from Quakes

French Scientists Developing Earthquake ‘Shields’ to Protect Cities from Quakes

Someday in the future, when an earthquake hits a major city, we may be able to redirect the acoustic waves of the earthquake to a place where they won’t cause so much damage. At least,

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World’s Biggest Online Whale Meat Retailer Ends All Whale Product Sales

World’s Biggest Online Whale Meat Retailer Ends All Whale Product Sales

Rakuten, Japan’s biggest online retailer, has announced that it will no longer sell whale and dolphin meat after the International Court of Justice ordered all whale hunting in the southern

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Scientists Discover an Ocean of Water and Potential for Life on Saturn’s Moon

Scientists Discover an Ocean of Water and Potential for Life on Saturn’s Moon

Scientists have uncovered evidence of a massive underground ocean of water on Saturn’s Enceladus moon. According to NASA, the Cassini spacecraft made gravity measurements that show the

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Google’s Nest Halts Sales of Protect Smoke Alarm After Discovering Flaw

Google’s Nest Halts Sales of Protect Smoke Alarm After Discovering Flaw

One of the greatest things about the Nest Protect smoke alarm is its ability to be turned off with just a wave of the hand in the event of a false alarm - but that feature could also turn out to

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Philips’s New LED Bulb Looks and Feels Like an Incandescent

Philips’s New LED Bulb Looks and Feels Like an Incandescent

Practically everyone knows that LED and fluorescent light bulbs are better than inefficient incandescents, but many consumers just can’t resist the familiar shape and soft, warm glow. Philips

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Madrid Gets Ready to Launch its First Electric Bike Sharing Program

Madrid Gets Ready to Launch its First Electric Bike Sharing Program

Madrid is making it easier and greener to get around town with its first electric bike-share program. Dubbed BiciMad, the program mirrors similar programs in place in Barcelona, London and Paris

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8.2 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Northern Coast of Chile

8.2 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Northern Coast of Chile

An 8.2 magnitude earthquake struck near the coast of Chile last night, triggering multiple aftershocks and a six-foot tsunami. The earthquake hit just 50 miles southwest of Cuya, Chile at 6.2

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Student Discovers That the Government Could Save $400 Million Simply By Switching Typefaces

Student Discovers That the Government Could Save $400 Million Simply By Switching Typefaces

How important are the little details? Just ask the middle school student in Pittsburgh who discovered that the government could save $400 million dollars just by changing the typeface it

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Residents Allowed to Return Home to Fukushima Disaster Area For the First Time

Residents Allowed to Return Home to Fukushima Disaster Area For the First Time

Three years ago when the Fukushima nuclear disaster forced people to evacuate their homes, many were left wondering when and if they would ever be able to return. The Miyakoji area of Tamura, a

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More Than 10 Tigers Slaughtered in a Show for Officials and Businessmen in China

More Than 10 Tigers Slaughtered in a Show for Officials and Businessmen in China

Police recently revealed that over 10 tigers have been tortured and killed in China in order to entertain wealthy businessmen and government officials. The tigers were killed in so-called

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Danish Zoo that Killed Giraffe Puts Down Four Lions

Danish Zoo that Killed Giraffe Puts Down Four Lions

Many people are still reeling after the Copenhagen Zoo euthanized Marius the giraffe. Now the same zoo is in the public eye again for killing four more animals - this time a group of lions. On

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Construction to Finally Begin on the World’s Tallest Tower Next Month

Construction to Finally Begin on the World’s Tallest Tower Next Month

After a few false starts and a lengthy delay, the world's tallest tower has finally been given a start date to begin construction. When it is completed, the Kingdom Tower will eventually stretch

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Israel Debuts the World’s First Self-Cleaning Solar Farm

Israel Debuts the World’s First Self-Cleaning Solar Farm

One of the challenges with solar power is keeping the panels clean, since dust and dirt drastically reduce the efficiency of photovoltaics. That’s particularly challenging for large solar

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Hundreds of Dead Pigs Pulled From Chinese Waterways Every Month

Hundreds of Dead Pigs Pulled From Chinese Waterways Every Month

If you thought China’s flood of pig carcasses was a one-time thing, you are in for a nasty surprise. According to Chinese state media, hundreds of dead pigs are appearing in a Qionglai

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Grim Map Shows Former Lion Habitat Versus Their Current, Dwindling Range

Grim Map Shows Former Lion Habitat Versus Their Current, Dwindling Range

The magnificent lion has captured our imaginations for centuries, but disease, loss of habitat and other general human nastiness has decimated the lion populations in Africa. Where there was

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Climate Change Deniers Win in the Battle to (Not) Address Global Warming

Climate Change Deniers Win in the Battle to (Not) Address Global Warming

Scientists don’t usually play into dramatics, but earlier this month The American Association for the Advancement of Science practically shouted from the rooftops about the dangers of

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House Republicans Hope to Block President Obama’s Ability to Form New National Parks and Monuments

House Republicans Hope to Block President Obama’s Ability to Form New National Parks and Monuments

House Republicans are hoping to pass a bill tomorrow that would limit the ability of the president to designate new national monuments. If the “Ensuring Public Involvement in the Creation of

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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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