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George Pyle
George Pyle has been a newspaper writer in Kansas, Utah, Upstate New York, and now Utah again, for more than 30 years - most of it as an editorial writer and columnist. Now on his second tour of duty on The Salt Lake Tribune Editorial Board, he has also done a stretch as a talk radio host, published a book on the ongoing flaws of U.S.agricultural policy and, in 1998, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing. His most active bookmarks are Andrew Sullivan, Christopher Hitchens and Tina Brown. And he still thinks the Internet can be used for intelligent conversation and uplifting ideas.

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Editorials: Climate changes ...

Above: It ain't gonna rain no more.

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- Snow go?: Climate change strikes home - Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

Utah’s proud boast of having "The greatest snow on Earth" is in danger. And, if it goes, a great deal of the state’s economy and livability will go with it.

So, eventually, will most of the delusional denial of global climate change and the stubborn reluctance to do anything about it. But, by then, it is likely to be far too late.

As outlined in a report in Sunday’s Salt Lake Tribune, there is a clearly visible trend in the mountains of the Wasatch Front toward years where significantly more of the local precipitation falls as rain, and less of it as snow. The most obvious result of such a change would be much shorter ski seasons, which would be a big hit to the Utah economy all by itself.

But scientific observations also suggest there would be a vast reduction in the amount of snowpack that will sit on the mountains and slowly melt into the spring, filling reservoirs and banking a water supply for our high desert region. ...

- Where did the water go? - Provo Daily Herald Editorial

... A very wet year following the last could have been disastrous in terms of flooding. So count your blessings. If there's a good year for dry, it's 2012. Of course, if we have two dry years back to back, well, that's another matter. Concerns will increase. But for now, all is well. ...

- Environment minister trumpets Canada’s success in climate change battle - The Toronto Star

Environment Minister Peter Kent rushed to Toronto’s Evergreen Brickworks this week to proclaim the good news: for the first time in 22 years, Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions remained flat while the economy grew. ...

- Disregard warnings at our peril - Daily Astorian (Ore.) Editorial

Acidification of our oceans is as problematic as rising termperatures

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- Birth of democracy: Egypt election takes dicey turn - Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

When Egypt’s High Election Commission disqualified 10 presidential candidates, including three front-runners, it threw the election into turmoil. All that can be said for certain is that democracy is messy, particularly in the aftermath of 30 years of military dictatorship. ...

- Egypt: A state of confusion - Los Angeles Times Editorial



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