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Counting Fish: Wrap Up and Conclusion

Since July 2012, I’ve been posting about a study of artificial reefs along the Texas coast. Scientists at the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies in Corpus Christi conducted the research, funded by the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, to determine whether these structures increase fish populations, and whether their location, type and [...]

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Extinction Countdown

Sunday Species Snapshot: Gulf Coast Jaguarundi

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These endangered wild cats, with their distinctively short ears and long tails, aren’t much bigger than your average housecat. Although they have been protected under the U.S. Endangered Species Act since 1976, they have not been confirmed in this country since 1986. Species name: The Gulf Coast jaguarundi (Puma yagouaroundi cacomitli) Where found: Eastern Mexico [...]

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Extinction Countdown

Hammerhead Sharks, Houston Toads, Heavy Metal and Other Links from the Brink

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Rare sharks, toads, rhinos and bears are among the endangered species in the news this week. Hammer Time: David Shiffman offers 10 reasons why great and scalloped hammerhead sharks (Sphyrna mokarran and S. lewini) deserve Endangered Species Act protections and encourages people to take direct action in support of a move to do just that. [...]

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Extinction Countdown

Hunting of Rare, Exotic Antelopes Now Limited under New U.S. Rule

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A new U.S. rule went into effect this week that—after years of legal wrangling—places limitations on hunting of three critically endangered African antelope species: the scimitar-horned oryx (Oryx dammah), addax (Addax nasomaculatus) and dama gazelle (Nanger dama). Although almost nonexistent in their homelands, thousands of these animals have been raised in captivity and now live [...]

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Extinction Countdown

Texas Wildfires Devastate Last Habitat for Endangered Houston Toad

Devastating fires that swept through eastern Texas this month have left dozens of people dead or missing and destroyed more than 1,500 homes. The fires have also dealt a horrible blow the endangered Houston toad (Bufo houstonensis), which had already been suffering due to years of drought that preceded the flames. Houston toads started disappearing [...]

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Guest Blog

Waste to Energy: A mountain of trash, or a pile of energy?

Collect trash, burn it, and then generate electricity. The technology is called Waste to Energy, and it uses our waste streams to produce electricity that can be cleaner than the average kilowatt-hour (kWh) generated in the United States today. A mountain of trash becomes a pile of energy. But, will this domestic renewable resource be [...]

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Guest Blog

Texas “Tea” becomes the Texas “E”?

At 1 P.M. on February 28, 2010 a jaw-dropping 22 percent of the electricity being used in the state of Texas was supplied by the wind. Today, Texas is home to more than 10,000 megawatts (MW) of wind capacity—more than the next three largest wind states (Iowa, California and Washington) combined. In the course of [...]

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Plugged In

Drown your town: real life Austin, Texas edition

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A flooded Austin, Texas as seen from the air and water.

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Plugged In

Back off, Texas — More NC Science Crazy

Okay you know who’s happy today? The people of North Carolina and the people of Texas, whose legislative antiscience crazy doesn’t seem especially off the hook given the nationwide legislative crazy we have going on. But — and I hate to do this to Texans — North Carolina antiscience crazy never takes time off. You’re [...]

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Plugged In

Throwback Thursday: drilling for oil in 1950s Texas

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The 1950s oil boom represented economic mobility and opportunity for many Texans.

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Plugged In

Texas vs. North Carolina Steel Cage Match in Science Stupid

Look out, North Carolina — Texas is not going to let you run away with the title of State Most Shamefully Committed to the Stupid Political Ruination of Science. Despite North Carolina’s impressive recent yearlong streak of stunning science-related legislative psychosis — from legislating against the sea itself to removing scientists from scientific commissions to [...]

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Plugged In

The Earth Beneath Our Feet

Healthy soil begets healthy plants, says the Dirt Doctor. (photo courtesy of shutterstock)

Some people take Earth Day more literally than others. Howard Garrett is one of them. Better known as the Dirt Doctor, Garrett believes that the health of the planet begins with the earth beneath our feet; it starts with cultivating strong vibrant soil, and blossoms outwards from there. “Without healthy soil, we won’t have healthy [...]

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Plugged In

The Coming Crisis Over Water – Texas Tribune Festival panel

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There were a lot of interesting panels and sessions at this weekend’s Texas Tribune Festival. A lot of nuggets of information, some good dialogue back and forth about energy and environmental policy in Texas. The federal government was only brought up about a dozen times. A few those times it was even mentioned in a [...]

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Plugged In

This weekend: Texas Tribune Festival coverage

Heads up! I’ll be attending the inaugural Texas Tribune Festival this Saturday and Sunday covering the energy and environment panels and talks. The Texas Tribune is a non-profit media publication that reports on U.S. and Texas news and politics. The lineup is full of heavy hitters in the world U.S. and Texas environmental and energy [...]

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Plugged In

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Radioxenon Testing

I confess, I don’t normally keep an eye out for the latest publications in the Journal of Environmental Radioactivity, but one recent paper on radioxenon measurements is of particular interest. This paper, as it turns out, is by one of the leading researchers in radioxenon testing, who happens to be a former professor and advisor [...]

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Plugged In

Update on the Bastrop, TX fires

Quick update on the Bastrop, TX fires. According to local news outlets, the wildfires are 70 percent contained. Of the 34,000 acres burned by the wildfire, 6,400 acres were in Bastrop State Park. In addition to the many homes lost or damaged by the fires, two historic Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC) structures have been damaged. [...]

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Plugged In

Central Texas Is on Fire–Vulnerability, the Grid and the View from Space

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Not to be outdone by the East Coast, we are fighting through our own natural disasters here in Texas. Nearly two dozen large wildfires are burning across Texas. The latest batch is in and around Austin, TX. The largest fire is in Bastrop County, only 25 miles east of Austin. Another fire in the upscale [...]

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