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Climate change threatens Vermont skiing

Climate change threatens Vermont skiing

Nina Loutchko, Feature Writer

January 15, 2019


Filed under Features

Warmer winters mean less time scraping ice off your car in the morning and fewer fears of falling on icy sidewalks while shuffling to class. But for skiers, snowboarders and anyone who enjoys the snowy season, warmer winters threaten the very thing that keeps them outside: snow. Warm temperatures an...

A future threatened by denial

A future threatened by denial

Staff Editorial

November 28, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

Last Wednesday, the same day the death toll from wildfires in California reached 83 people with hundreds more missing, President Donald Trump asked on Twitter, “Whatever happened to Global Warming?” The president’s tweet, based on an unusually cold forecast, contradicts not only the most popular under...

Dining hall takes part in Meatless Monday initiative

Dining hall takes part in Meatless Monday initiative

Lee Hughes and Rachel Halpern

November 26, 2018


Filed under Campus, News

Redstone Dining Hall served dinner as usual Nov. 12, but with one significant change: there was no meat. Green Mountain Veggies, a UVM club promoting eco-consciousness, is enacting its vision for Meatless Mondays on a small scale Nov. 12 and 26 as well as Dec. 3 and 10, said sophomore Lissy Kelly, din...

Carbon tax research gives hope in fight against climate change

Carbon tax research gives hope in fight against climate change

Lee Hughes, Assistant News Editor

November 16, 2018


Filed under Campus, News

There is hope for a solution for climate change and wealth inequality; such a solution was presented at a Nov. 9 talk in LaFayette Hall. Entitled “The Impact of Carbon Tax on Inequality in the United States,” the presentation by Mark Paul, as associate professor at the New College of Florida,...

VT prepares to face climate change

VT prepares to face climate change

Staff Editorial

September 14, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

Recent worldwide environmental catastrophes have finally forced needed attention on climate change and the negative impact we humans have made on our planet. The magnitudes of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Jose and Katia as well as countless tornadoes and tropical storms are irrefutably correlate...

How the meat industry contributes to water scarcity

How the meat industry contributes to water scarcity

Lily Spechler

May 5, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Imagine an America in which you are insecure about your source of freshwater, like so many people are around the world. To be specific, 783 million people do not have freshwater access, according to the United Nations. Now, imagine a world where you choose to be a responsible consumer and live a hea...

Nation drowning under Trump’s program

Nation drowning under Trump’s program

Lily Spechler

April 5, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Hopefully that wall that Trump is building will double as a raft to save us from the perpetually rising sea levels induced by climate change. Trump’s plan to revive the coal industry and cut back on environmental regulations will potentially be one of the most expensive and dangerous mist...

Elon Musk eases environmental concerns

Elon Musk eases environmental concerns

Lily Spechler

February 16, 2017


Filed under Opinion

CNBC called Elon Musk the 21st century Thomas Edison. Elon Musk is the CEO of American auto maker and energy storage company Tesla, co-founder of Solar-City, the CTO of rocket and spacecraft company SpaceX; and he has a few words to ease your environ-minds with regard to our new secretary ...

Lower water levels change lake’s ecosystem

Lower water levels change lake’s ecosystem

November 2, 2016


Filed under News, Vermont

A recent water level drop in Lake Champlain has affected both the lake’s ecosystem and residents using the lake. On Oct. 26, the depth of Lake Champlain at the King Street Ferry Dock was 93.78 feet, a foot lower than the historical average on this date, according to the National Weather Service....

How climate change could be destroying our economy

April 22, 2016


Filed under Opinion

Last year was the warmest on record. December 2015 was the first month to ever be 2 degrees Fahrenheit above the month’s historical average. In fact, 15 of the 16 hottest years in recorded history have been after the turn of the millennium. So how is the world economy going to be impacted by climate ...

Sanders is blaming climate change for ISIS

Kate Lipman

December 3, 2015


Filed under Opinion

Sen. Bernie Sanders, UVM’s beloved candidate, has claimed repeatedly that climate change is “the biggest national security threat facing the United States.” He has gone so far as to say that ISIS is a “symptom” of climate change. President Barack Obama followed his lead, declaring that his...

We shouldn’t misinterpret Sanders on security

Gaetano Martello

December 3, 2015


Filed under Opinion

During the course of U.S. presidential elections, it is to be expected that statements will be distorted for the sole purpose of discrediting a candidate that one does not approve of. As Americans, we have grown accustomed to the media blasting soundbites out of context and flipping it so that it...

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