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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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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Freedom Industries Fails to Disclose Second Chemical Leak in West Virginia

Freedom Industries Fails to Disclose Second Chemical Leak in West Virginia

As if the company wasn’t already in enough hot water, a new report released this week reveals that Freedom Industries, the company responsible for the massive chemical leak in West Virginia,

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Le Corbusier’s Iconic Ronchamp Chapel Damaged by Vandals

Le Corbusier’s Iconic Ronchamp Chapel Damaged by Vandals

The broken window and the other windows in the church are not made from stained glass, because Le Corbusier considered stained glass to be too similar to the old ways of architecture. Instead,

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Could Kale Actually be Dangerous to Your Health?

Could Kale Actually be Dangerous to Your Health?

You may think you are living the healthy life by incorporating kale into your juices, salads and meals, but the leafy green has a dangerous secret. The vegetable may pack a stunning amount of

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Forest Symphony Allows Humans to Hear Photosynthesis (Video)

Forest Symphony Allows Humans to Hear Photosynthesis (Video)

Ryuichi Sakamoto "ART-ENVIRONMENT-LIFE" from YCAM on Vimeo. Imagine being able to watch and listen to the process of photosynthesis. After the massive earthquake that shook Japan in

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Solar Trees Now Power the “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” Sign

Solar Trees Now Power the “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” Sign

While the bulk of the energy usage may be happening just a few blocks north, Las Vegas is going a little bit greener by powering the iconic “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” with three solar

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New Software Allows Developers to Create Super Efficient Solar Parks

New Software Allows Developers to Create Super Efficient Solar Parks

In 2012, Siemens developed a software that allowed them to design ultra-efficient solar parks in just a few seconds, but at that time only Siemens had access to the tool. Now Siemens has

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Huge Chemical Spill Leaves 300,000 Without Drinking Water in West Virginia

Huge Chemical Spill Leaves 300,000 Without Drinking Water in West Virginia

Over a quarter million people in West Virginia found themselves without access to clean water in their own homes today because of a chemical spill that contaminated local water sources. The

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VIDEO: How to Explain Global Warming in Just 35 Words

VIDEO: How to Explain Global Warming in Just 35 Words

UC Berkeley Professor Michael Ranney surveyed 270 people in San Diego and found that not even one person could explain what global warming is at even a basic level, so he and his fellow

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Brad Pitt Promises to Make it Right with Rotting New Orleans Homes

Brad Pitt Promises to Make it Right with Rotting New Orleans Homes

Some of the homes built by actor Brad Pitt’s Make it Right foundation, a non-profit responsible for constructing 100 homes in New Orleans after hurricane Katrina, are beginning to rot despite

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MIT Distributes $6 Water Filter Made with Local Materials to Developing Countries

MIT Distributes $6 Water Filter Made with Local Materials to Developing Countries

Nearly a decade ago, Fernando Mazariengas sought a way to provide clean, affordable water to those living in areas without, so he created a ceramic water filter that could be made using

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Finnish Company to Begin Testing HIV Vaccine on Patients This Year

Finnish Company to Begin Testing HIV Vaccine on Patients This Year

Syringe photo via Shutterstock FIT Biotech, a medical technology company based in Finland, plans to begin testing an HIV vaccine on human subjects sometime after the spring of 2014. Hundreds

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Texas A&M Unveils the World’s Biggest Gingerbread House!

Texas A&M Unveils the World’s Biggest Gingerbread House!

What do you get when you combine 1,800 pounds of butter, 7,200 eggs, 7,200 pounds of flour and truck-loads of candy? The world's biggest gingerbread house! Located at the Texas A & M

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Scientists Create a Detailed Map of the Antarctic Landscape Below the Ice and Snow

Scientists Create a Detailed Map of the Antarctic Landscape Below the Ice and Snow

Scientists at NASA have been working hard to reveal the most alien landmass on the planet: Antarctica. Humans have never seen the continent without snow and ice, but now, using decades of

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Viral Video Captures Water Buffalo Flipping a Lion into Mid Air to Defend Herd Mate

Viral Video Captures Water Buffalo Flipping a Lion into Mid Air to Defend Herd Mate

A young male lion in South Africa discovered that it had taken on more than it could chew when a water buffalo flipped the lion several feet into the air in a daring attempt to rescue a fallen

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