Environment http://keranews.org en Night Owls (And Vampires) Rejoice: Watch The ‘Blood Moon,’ A Lunar Eclipse (Video) http://keranews.org/post/night-owls-and-vampires-rejoice-watch-blood-moon-lunar-eclipse-video <p>Did you forget to set your alarm overnight to catch the "blood moon?" NASA has posted video of Tuesday morning's total lunar eclipse. Watch it:</p><p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:30:00 +0000 Lauren Silverman 47965 at http://keranews.org Night Owls (And Vampires) Rejoice: Watch The ‘Blood Moon,’ A Lunar Eclipse (Video) The Galveston Bay Oil Spill Aftermath: Hundreds Of Birds Covered With Oil http://keranews.org/post/galveston-bay-oil-spill-aftermath-hundreds-birds-covered-oil <p>Coast Guard crews and wildlife advocates have recovered or spotted hundreds of shorebirds covered in oil in the aftermath of a collision in late March between two ships in Galveston Bay that resulted in a spill of up to 168,000 gallons of fuel oil.&nbsp;Many are dead, those still alive have little hope for survival, and officials say they expect to find more.</p><p>“When a bird has oil coating its eyes and bill, it’s not capable of getting rid of it. Watching this is like watching them die in slow motion,” said David Newstead, a research scientist at the Corpus Christi-based nonprofit Coastal Bend Bays &amp; Estuaries Program.</p><p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 19:09:38 +0000 Cathaleen Qiao Chen Texas Tribune 47517 at http://keranews.org The Galveston Bay Oil Spill Aftermath: Hundreds Of Birds Covered With Oil When It Comes To Water Restrictions, How Far Should Fort Worth Go? http://keranews.org/post/when-it-comes-water-restrictions-how-far-should-fort-worth-go <p><strong>Update 10 p.m. Tuesday:&nbsp;</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Fort Worth City Council has delayed for one week a vote to permanently restrict outdoor watering to twice a week.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Council member W. B. Zimmerman asked for the additional time to educate the public about proposed conservation plans.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Sal Espino, who represents District 2, was opposed to the delay. He said: "I would be in favor of moving forward with this ordinance, imperfect as it may seem to some, and then later changing it or tweaking, because we've already been doing twice per week watering."&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 01:55:50 +0000 Doualy Xaykaothao 47371 at http://keranews.org When It Comes To Water Restrictions, How Far Should Fort Worth Go? Oil Spill Cleanup Continues In Galveston Bay, While Houston Ship Channel Partially Reopens http://keranews.org/post/oil-spill-cleanup-continues-galveston-bay-while-houston-ship-channel-partially-reopens <p class="ap-story-p"><strong>Update, 1:50 p.m. Tuesday: </strong>The Coast Guard partially reopened one of the nation's busiest seaports to ship traffic Tuesday, three days after a collision between a barge and a ship spilled up to 170,000 gallons of tar-like oil into the waters south of Houston.</p><p class="ap-story-p">Authorities said ships were being allowed through the Houston Ship Channel after their assessment teams deemed it was clear enough for passage. More than 100 ships on both sides of the channel were awaiting the reopening.</p><p class="ap-story-p"> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 18:16:30 +0000 Associated Press 46943 at http://keranews.org Oil Spill Cleanup Continues In Galveston Bay, While Houston Ship Channel Partially Reopens Next 3 Months ‘Huge’ In Preventing Brutal Texas Summer http://keranews.org/post/next-3-months-huge-preventing-brutal-texas-summer <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68);">Texans looking for relief from the drought are eagerly anticipating the chances of an&nbsp;<a href="http://www.elnino.noaa.gov/" style="color: rgb(23, 78, 130); -webkit-transition: all 0.2s ease-in-out; transition: all 0.2s ease-in-out; font-weight: bold;">El Niño&nbsp;</a>event starting this summer, which could bring much wetter conditions. But the focus should actually be on the near-term, according to&nbsp;Victor Murphy, climate service program manager for the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.srh.noaa.gov/fwd/" style="color: rgb(23, 78, 130); -webkit-transition: all 0.2s ease-in-out; transition: all 0.2s ease-in-out; font-weight: bold;">National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Fort Worth</a>. Murphy&nbsp;says that the next three months, April, May and June, will be crucial to staving off another critically dry—and hot—summer.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68);"> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 17:14:41 +0000 Alex Dropkin & StateImpact Texas 46655 at http://keranews.org Next 3 Months ‘Huge’ In Preventing Brutal Texas Summer The Gas Well Next Door: How Drilling Changed in Fort Worth http://keranews.org/post/gas-well-next-door-how-drilling-changed-fort-worth <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68);">In some cities, behind neat brick walls and wrought iron fences, you might find rows of nice homes.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68);">In Fort Worth, you might find a gas well.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68);">“We’re still drilling wells. We have three sites that are actively drilling. We have 2,000 producing wells,” said Tom Edwards, a senior inspector with the City of Fort Worth’s gas drilling division.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68);"> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 18:46:50 +0000 Dave Fehling 46384 at http://keranews.org The Gas Well Next Door: How Drilling Changed in Fort Worth An Ancient, Rare Fish Returns To Caddo Lake In East Texas http://keranews.org/post/ancient-rare-fish-returns-caddo-lake-east-texas <p>Deep beneath the surface of Texas' only naturally formed lake there used to swim a massive, open-mouthed dinosaur-era fish with a long snout and prized caviar. Now, decades after the paddlefish was almost completely wiped out, it's coming back to Caddo Lake in East Texas.</p><p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 20:23:49 +0000 Associated Press 46063 at http://keranews.org An Ancient, Rare Fish Returns To Caddo Lake In East Texas Zebra Mussels Have Invaded Lake Lavon, U.S. Geological Survey Says http://keranews.org/post/zebra-mussels-have-invaded-lake-lavon-us-geological-survey-says <p>Add another lake to the list of bodies of water in Texas that have been infested with zebra mussels.</p><p>The U.S. Geological Survey has confirmed the presence of zebra mussels in Lake Lavon – and the invasive species appears to be on the move.</p><p>The presence of live zebra mussels or their larvae had already been confirmed in five other Texas locations: Lakes Texoma, Ray Roberts, Lewisville, Bridgeport and Belton.</p><p> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 22:28:00 +0000 Eric Aasen 44188 at http://keranews.org Zebra Mussels Have Invaded Lake Lavon, U.S. Geological Survey Says Environmental Group In Texas Watches SCOTUS Decision On EPA Pollution Rules http://keranews.org/post/environmental-group-texas-watches-scotus-decision-epa-pollution-rules <p style="margin-top:0in;margin-right:0in;margin-bottom:.2in;margin-left:0in; line-height:15.75pt"><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Georgia;">The U.S. Thu, 12 Dec 2013 15:13:55 +0000 Ryan Poppe 42565 at http://keranews.org Environmental Group In Texas Watches SCOTUS Decision On EPA Pollution Rules One Of Nature's Most Amazing Migrations: Volunteers Tag Monarchs As They Move Through Texas http://keranews.org/post/one-natures-most-amazing-migrations-volunteers-tag-monarchs-they-move-through-texas <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Right now Texans have a front-row seat for one of nature&rsquo;s most amazing migrations -- monarchs are moving through the state.&nbsp; And in West Dallas, some students are volunteering for a project that could help protect the species.</span></p><p> Fri, 11 Oct 2013 10:30:00 +0000 Shelley Kofler 39581 at http://keranews.org One Of Nature's Most Amazing Migrations: Volunteers Tag Monarchs As They Move Through Texas