Environment http://keranews.org en North Texas Struggles To Improve Air Quality http://keranews.org/post/north-texas-struggles-improve-air-quality <p>When the Dallas County Medical Society<a href="http://www.dallas-cms.org/news/TCEQpetition082613.pdf">&nbsp;asked</a>&nbsp;Texas environmental regulators in October to increase pollution controls on coal-fired power plants, they knew it would be a tough sell.</p><p>But the association of more than 6,500 physicians said it was fed up with seeing patients suffering from the region’s&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stateoftheair.org/2013/msas/dallas-fort-worth-tx.html#ozone">air quality problems</a>, which are among the<a href="http://www.stateoftheair.org/2013/city-rankings/most-polluted-cities.html">&nbsp;worst</a>&nbsp;in the nation.</p><p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 17:14:04 +0000 Neena Satija & Texas Tribune 52653 at http://keranews.org North Texas Struggles To Improve Air Quality Study Up For 'Think': The Azle-Reno Earthquakes http://keranews.org/post/study-think-azle-reno-earthquakes <p>Last fall, the small North Texas town of Azle and surrounding areas northwest of Fort Worth were struck by at least 27 mild earthquakes since Nov. 1. Today at noon on 'Think', we'll be speaking with SMU seismologist <a href="http://www.smu.edu/News/Experts/Brian-Stump">Brian Stump</a> and Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter <a href="http://insideclimatenews.org/author/lisa-song">Lisa Song</a> of <em>Inside Climate News</em> on the effects the quakes have had on the community and their possible link to hydraulic fracturing or fracking.</p><p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 14:51:33 +0000 Pablo Pena 50728 at http://keranews.org Study Up For 'Think': The Azle-Reno Earthquakes A New Throne For Your Home: Dallas Gives Away High-Efficiency Toilets http://keranews.org/post/new-throne-your-home-dallas-gives-away-high-efficiency-toilets <p>New toilets. That's one way the city of Dallas is hoping to reduce water use.&nbsp;Over the last seven years, Dallas has given away more than 70,000 toilets, and the porcelain upgrade is just getting started.</p><p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 03:10:59 +0000 Lauren Silverman 50386 at http://keranews.org A New Throne For Your Home: Dallas Gives Away High-Efficiency Toilets Hoping To Fight Spread Of Zebra Mussels, State Agency Expands Rules For Boaters Across Texas http://keranews.org/post/hoping-fight-spread-zebra-mussels-state-agency-expands-rules-boaters-across-texas <p>Starting July 1, all boats operating on public fresh water anywhere in Texas must be drained to help combat the spread of zebra mussels, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission has announced.</p><p>But, as Memorial Day weekend approaches, the commission is urging all boaters to begin the preventative practice immediately.</p><p> Thu, 22 May 2014 16:43:40 +0000 Eric Aasen 49858 at http://keranews.org Hoping To Fight Spread Of Zebra Mussels, State Agency Expands Rules For Boaters Across Texas Denton Imposes Temporary Ban On Hydraulic Fracturing http://keranews.org/post/denton-imposes-temporary-ban-hydraulic-fracturing <p>The Denton City Council on Tuesday voted to impose a temporary ban on hydraulic fracturing until September.</p><p>But fracking opponents want to make that permanent through an ordinance that would prohibit the practice in Denton. They’ve submitted a petition that seeks a total ban.</p><p> Wed, 07 May 2014 18:55:31 +0000 Associated Press & Eric Aasen 49110 at http://keranews.org Denton Imposes Temporary Ban On Hydraulic Fracturing 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