High heat coupled with the ozone situation this summer makes it rough on one’s lungs when exercising outdoors. This brings us to just one question from a listener. Sue asked KRCL’s Lara Jones to find out whether her lungs are safe if she bikes later in the day, when ozone and temperatures are higher, as long as she rides a route with lots of trees. Dr. Jeffrey Cline, who practices both pediatrics and Sports Medicine at the University of Utah, gives us the benefit of his experience:
The photo above also led to the following video from UCAR:
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The waterline keeps dropping at the Great Salt Lake, which brings up just one question from listener Rosalie Winard:
“I’m gravely concerned about the Great Salt Lake and the dust on the lake that is going to be horrendous over the summer when the winds come up. The lake is at an almost all-time record low, and the Salt Lake Valley is going to be inundated with dust. So I have just one question: what’s in the salt playa?”
Rosalie isn’t asking a random question. She’s an award-winning photographer who is creating a photographic archive of the wild birds of Great Salt Lake for the Special Collections at the University of Utah’s Marriott Library. Through her work, Winard regularly observes environmental changes and the impact on birds at the Great Salt Lake. Although the exhibition in this video is no longer on view, you can find her book at NHMU or The King’s English Bookshop.
To answer Rosalie’s question, KRCL’s Lara Jones spoke with Bonnie Baxter of the Great Salt Lake Institute at Westminster College.
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It’s winter, the inversion is in full effect, and we can all see, maybe even taste, the chunky gunk we’re breathing. So we have just one question: how can bike riders protect their lungs on a red air quality day? To find the answer, Lara Jones recently paid a visit to David Eyre Davis of the Bike Collective. He says cyclists may want to think pink.
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Solar Day, on July 27th, is an opportunity for the community to learn about the mechanics and benefits of increasing usage of solar power. Despite the state’s problems with pollution, Utah is still one of the highest coal-burning states, and a switch to renewable solar energies could help address the winter smog and other problems.