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Environment
12:14 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

North Texas Struggles To Improve Air Quality

Falling Behind is a 10-part series by the Texas Tribune on the flip side of state leaders’ aggressive pursuit of the "Texas Miracle.”
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.

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Environment
9:51 am
Tue June 10, 2014

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

The Azle-Reno area is the epicenter of the earthquakes that have struck North Texas since Nov. 1
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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Environment
10:10 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

A New Throne For Your Home: Dallas Gives Away High-Efficiency Toilets

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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Environment
11:43 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Hoping To Fight Spread Of Zebra Mussels, State Agency Expands Rules For Boaters Across Texas

Starting July 1, all boats operating on public fresh water anywhere in Texas must be drained to help combat the spread of zebra mussels.
Shutterstock.com

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.

But, as Memorial Day weekend approaches, the commission is urging all boaters to begin the preventative practice immediately.

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Environment
1:55 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Denton Imposes Temporary Ban On Hydraulic Fracturing

The Denton City Council on Tuesday voted to impose a temporary ban on hydraulic fracturing until September.
Christopher Halloran Shutterstock.com

The Denton City Council on Tuesday voted to impose a temporary ban on hydraulic fracturing until September.

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.

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Astronomy
11:30 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Night Owls (And Vampires) Rejoice: Watch The ‘Blood Moon,’ A Lunar Eclipse (Video)

The blood moon over California Tuesday morning.
Doug Jones flickr.com/photos/dougj55/

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:

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Environment
2:09 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

The Galveston Bay Oil Spill Aftermath: Hundreds Of Birds Covered With Oil

Responders work to clean the remaining oil – with pompoms, rakes and power washers – from some of the worst hit parts of Galveston Island.
Petty Officer 1st Class Andrew Kendrick U.S. Coast Guard

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. Many are dead, those still alive have little hope for survival, and officials say they expect to find more.

“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 & Estuaries Program.

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Environment
8:55 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

When It Comes To Water Restrictions, How Far Should Fort Worth Go?

Since last June, Fort Worth has been restricting outdoor watering to twice a week because of drought conditions.
Doualy Xaykaothao KERA News

Update 10 p.m. Tuesday: The Fort Worth City Council has delayed for one week a vote to permanently restrict outdoor watering to twice a week. 

Council member W. B. Zimmerman asked for the additional time to educate the public about proposed conservation plans.

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."  

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Environment
1:16 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Oil Spill Cleanup Continues In Galveston Bay, While Houston Ship Channel Partially Reopens

A barge loaded with marine fuel oil sat partially submerged in the Houston Ship Channel over the weekend.
U.S. Coast Guard/KUHF

Update, 1:50 p.m. Tuesday: 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.

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.

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Environment
12:14 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Next 3 Months ‘Huge’ In Preventing Brutal Texas Summer

This lake in Rusk County was almost completely dried up in 2011.
Robert Burns, Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service Flickr Creative Commons

Texans looking for relief from the drought are eagerly anticipating the chances of an El Niño event starting this summer, which could bring much wetter conditions. But the focus should actually be on the near-term, according to Victor Murphy, climate service program manager for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Fort Worth. Murphy says that the next three months, April, May and June, will be crucial to staving off another critically dry—and hot—summer.

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