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The American Lung Association released the results of its 17th annual State of the Air report on Wednesday. It’s a report card on the nation’s air quality, ranking metro areas based on ozone and particle pollution. 

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Two days after a landmark international deal on climate change, the city of Denton is debating its push toward more renewable energy in the first two official public hearings on the Renewable Denton plan.

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The Dallas Zoo is among three American zoos looking to import 18 elephants that are in danger in Swaziland, a country in southern Africa. As they wait for approval from the federal government, animal rights activists are speaking out against the move. 

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About 100 bicyclists spent Saturday morning riding along the Trinity River in Fort Worth as part of an event called The Great Seed Bomb. The riders tossed 4,000 seed bombs along the Trinity River in Fort Worth to build up habitat for bees and butterflies.

In Denton, city council members dug into a plan on Tuesday to boost the amount of power the city gets to 70 percent by 2019. It would also eliminate the city’s use of energy from coal-fired power plants. But the Renewable Denton plan relies on building two new natural gas power plants to help make up the rest of the city’s energy mix, and that has some worried.

Denton City Council To Take Up Renewable Energy Plan

Nov 9, 2015
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Denton’s city council will take up a proposed plan to boost the amount of power the city uses to 70 percent by 2019 in a work session on Tuesday. While there’s wide agreement that using more renewable energy sources is a good thing, the rub for some more environmentally-oriented Dentonites is the part of the plan that doesn’t come from renewables. The Renewable Denton plan calls for building two new power plants run on natural gas.

New Texas House Committee To Examine EPA Rules

Nov 5, 2015
Texas Tribune

A new Texas House committee will investigate how federal environmental rules affect the state and its economy.

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Denton is considering an ambitious $1.3 billion plan to ramp up the amount of energy it gets from renewable sources. The goal is to get 70 percent from renewables by 2019. Denton Municipal Electric is one of 72 public electric companies in Texas. The utility made waves 6 years ago when it announced that the city would get 40 percent of its power from wind.

Denton Announces Renewable Energy Plan

Oct 7, 2015
Mike Baker / Texas Tribune

Denton announced a lofty plan Tuesday that aims to make the North Texas city one of the cleanest energy providers in the state.

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The Dallas Arboretum is full of life right now; bright blossoms, busy honeybees and one plant that stands out above the rest.

It’s a crazy cycle of life, and death, for the Queen Victoria Agave.

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