Environment

Texas Wind Capacity Is Number One In The Country

Nov 25, 2014
Pablo Arauz Peña KERA News

From the top of El Centro College, there’s no escaping a skyline that is – in part – a tribute to the fossil fuel industry. Not exactly the place you’d expect to find a wind farm.

Shelley Kofler / KERA News

Texas is facing drought and a booming population. There's a unique project in North Texas that hopes to meet the state's growing thirst for water: A wetland. Wastewater flows through the wetland, where plants clean the water.

Texas Is On The Lonely Side Over Ozone Pollution Battle

Oct 21, 2014
Todd Wiseman / The Texas Tribune

At the state agency responsible for protecting Texans from pollution, a cadre of scientists is now marshaling its arguments to fight tougher federal standards on ozone levels — even as the overwhelming majority of the scientific community heads in the other direction.

Shannon Patrick / The Texas Tribune

President Obama is expected to make a decision after mid-term elections on whether TransCanada's Keystone Pipeline can expand into parts of the United States. The expansion, if approved, would connect from Canada to Oklahoma. PRI’s “America Abroad” will host an international town hall tonight on the Keystone XL Pipeline.

Natural Gas Fueling Stations Surge in Texas

Sep 8, 2014
Scott Lowe / Flickr

Those who drive natural gas-powered vehicles around Texas are quickly getting more fueling options. The state now holds 104 natural gas fueling stations, according to a map released Monday by the Railroad Commission of Texas. 

Feds Won’t Watch Out For This Itsy, Bitsy Blind Spider In Texas

Aug 15, 2014
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A tiny, blind spider that lives in an Austin-area cave called Pickle Pit got some bad news.

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While Texas continues to experience a three-year drought, maintaining a green lawn or a flourishing garden can be a daunting task. Today at noon on 'Think', we'll be speaking with Noelle Johnson, a horticulturalist with Birds and Blooms magazine about drought-resistant gardening.

North Texas Struggles To Improve Air Quality

Jul 16, 2014
Tom Pennington / The Texas Tribune

When the Dallas County Medical Society asked Texas environmental regulators in October to increase pollution controls on coal-fired power plants, they knew it would be a tough sell.

But the association of more than 6,500 physicians said it was fed up with seeing patients suffering from the region’s air quality problems, which are among the worst in the nation.

Study Up For 'Think': The Azle-Reno Earthquakes

Jun 10, 2014
Doualy Xaykaothao / KERA News

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 Brian Stump and Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Lisa Song of Inside Climate News on the effects the quakes have had on the community and their possible link to hydraulic fracturing or fracking.

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New toilets. That's one way the city of Dallas is hoping to reduce water use. Over the last seven years, Dallas has given away more than 70,000 toilets, and the porcelain upgrade is just getting started.

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