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3:30 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Video: Man-Made North Texas Wetland Provides Water For Humans And Wildlife

At the East Forks Wetland Project, plants filter wastewater that's recycled for drinking.
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.

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Environment
1:11 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Texas Is On The Lonely Side Over Ozone Pollution Battle

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.

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Environment
4:27 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Watch Tonight: PRI's 'America Abroad' Hosts Keystone Town Hall

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.

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Environment
5:37 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Natural Gas Fueling Stations Surge in Texas

A natural gas station.
Credit 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. 

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Environment
10:55 am
Fri August 15, 2014

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

Bildagentur Zoonar GmbH/Shutterstock

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

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Study Up For 'Think'
11:30 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Study Up For 'Think': Drought Resistant Gardening

Texas is still in drought conditions, with 21 percent of the state in the worst two stages of drought.
Robert Tewart Flickr CC

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.

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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.
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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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