News Clips for May 23-26, 2020

Forests vs. Climate Change: Researchers Race to Understand What Drought Means for the World’s Trees

We’re already seeing signs of accelerated forest mortality around the world. And it’s not just arid regions that may see forest die-offs, new research finds.

More men are doing housework during the pandemic, research finds

As more couples work from home, men are increasingly stepping up to take on household chores, child care.

Yellowstone volcano: National park rocked by more than 200 earthquakes - will it erupt?

Monitoring services from the US Geological Survey (USGS) found there have been 213 earthquakes in the Yellowstone National Park in the past 28 days. The tremors were relatively small, with the largest being a 2.1 magnitude tremor on May 22.

University of Utah plans to resume in-person learning this fall

The University of Utah plans to resume on-campus classes this fall, albeit with modifications to ensure safety of students, employees and visitors. U. spokesman Christopher Nelson said the university is working on multiple scenarios for fall, “designed to deliver on-campus, in-person experiences that make the college years memorable for a lifetime.”

Utah Film Center sets livestream event of Motherload documentary celebrating mothers, cargo bikes, cycling culture; talkback featuring Bike Utah, Bicycle Collective

BikeUtah.org, citing data from the Utah Department of Transportation and Strava Metro, reported that the number of bicycle trips in April more than doubled those in March in the state. While the data represents a sample of those cyclists who are Strava members, the numbers also reflect the findings of a recent study by University of Utah researchers published last year in the Annals of Leisure Research.

2020 Clear the Air Challenge results announced

Fidelity Investments and Dell Technologies - Utah took top honors in the 11th annual Clear the Air Challenge, sponsored by the Salt Lake Chamber, TravelWise and UCAIR. While announcement of the 2020 winners was scheduled for March 16, timing was disrupted by COVID-19, and the sponsors felt it appropriate to postpone the announcement of final results until today.

Anti-government nonprofit wants to rebalance biometrics law in Utah

A small libertarian nonprofit in Utah is pushing the state to curb government surveillance, biometric and otherwise. Libertas Institute sees threats in the state mounting as the government uses personal data “in ways that individuals did not intend nor authorize,” according to the proposal.

How the pandemic created a mental health crisis for some college students

While adjusting to the unfamiliar pressures of a new school, a new city, and new anxieties, Polly Moser developed anorexia as a freshman at Stanford University in 2018.