About Ruedigar Matthes

Ruedigar Matthes

I’m a 22 year old student of English and Environmental Studies at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah. Born and raised in Salt Lake City, I’ve grown up loving the red rock of southern Utah as well as the pristine mountains of the northern fronts. Besides saving the planet one blog post at a time, I enjoy soccer, the natural world, reading and writing.

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Author Archives: Ruedigar Matthes

Could Trees Be the New Rubber?

August 5th, 2009 | by Ruedigar Matthes

You're waiting at a red light, your engine idling lightly. You check the crosswalk signal: 20 seconds, you have some time. You turn your classical music up a notch to the perfect volume and you close your eyes, relaxing on your way home from work. But your moment of relaxation is interrupted by the thump thump of bass coming from the car next to you. You look over at the car, the tinted windows keep you from seeing the driver. But the car's engine revs. The light changes green and, as you lightly press the gas, the car next to you squeals past you, burning rubber


Earth's Biogeochemical Cycles Slipping Into Disarray

August 4th, 2009 | by Ruedigar Matthes

The conductor walks on to the stage and mounts the podium with applause from the crowd. He bows to the audience, then turns to his orchestra and, with one fluid motion pulls music from the vast expanse of silence. Each musician moves, almost mechanically, in perfect time, in perfect concert. The violin section becomes one great body, no longer individual musicians. Together, as one, the orchestra ebbs and flows in crescendo and decrescendo. Melody. Harmony. Symphony


Waste Water Mud the New 'Green' Fuel

July 31st, 2009 | by Ruedigar Matthes

Wastewater treatment facilities end up dumping a lot of mud that is extracted from the in-flowing water. And, like everything else, that mud takes up space. Space that could be used for other things, even at the dumping yards. But researchers from the Rovira i Virgili University (URV) have suggested, and successfully shown, that the waste mud doesn't need to be taken to a dumping ground; rather, it can be used as fuel


Coke Extends Commitment to Reduce Carbon Footprint

July 27th, 2009 | by Ruedigar Matthes

In 2002 the Coca-Cola Company used 3.12 liters of water to produce every liter of poduct. The company, which has captured the taste buds of drinkers worldwide used .57 megajoules of energy and averaged 12.54 grams of waste per liter of product. It's no wonder that the Coke Kingdom has been less than popular among environmental groups


EPA to Reconsider Monitoring Requirements for Airborne Lead

July 22nd, 2009 | by Ruedigar Matthes

Lead is a metal found in the earth's crust. However, due to human activity such as mining, burning fossil fuels and manufacturing, it has become more widespread. Lead is also toxic. Lead poisoning occurs when lead builds up in the body over time. At very high levels lead can be fatal; but even in small amounts it can cause serious health problems, particularly in children under the age of 6 who can develop mental and physical impairments


Midst Senate Rebuttles, USDA Reports Benefits of Climate Change Legislation

July 22nd, 2009 | by Ruedigar Matthes

Much has been said in opposition to the cap and trade climate legislation that is currently on the Senate's plate. Opponents have argued repeatedly that the legislation will do nothing but increase the cost of energy, which will force companies send jobs over seas, where labor is cheaper, in order to keep up with production demands. Senator Kit Bond (R-Missouri) even went as far as to call the Waxman-Markey Bill "a pig in a poke."


Salazar Calls Time-Out on Grand Canyon Mining Claims

July 20th, 2009 | by Ruedigar Matthes

“I am calling a two-year ‘Time-Out’ from all new mining claims in the Arizona Strip near the Grand Canyon," said Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, "because we have a responsibility to ensure we are developing our nation’s resources in a way that protects local communities, treasured landscapes, and our watersheds,” said Secretary Salazar



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