environment

TPR Green
4:20 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

TPR Arbor Takes Shape With Your Help

The future site of the TPaRbor.
Elisa Gonzales

The Mission Reach Ecosystem Restoration and Recreation Project is restoring an eight-mile stretch of the San Antonio River into a quality natural riparian ecosystem. The San Antonio River Authority has given TPR the opportunity to adopt a 3.4-acre stretch of natural area adjacent to the project, which we are calling the TPaRbor.

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Arts & Culture
4:08 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

"Ranch Philosophy" On Display In New Photo Book

Goats and Hillingdon Ranch
courtesy David K. Langford

There's a new photo book out now by David K. Langford about his family’s Hill Country Ranch, and if you look back at the ranch’s history, it’s clear that their ranching philosophy is an extension of the property’s founder, Alfred Giles, a well-known South Texas architect in whose buildings you may have stood.  

As Langford explains, when Giles established his ranch outside Comfort, his ranching philosophy has two themes.

“Always plan for drought. Always. And the second thing is if you have to feed, you have too many. Water is everything.”

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Energy
4:31 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Scientist Switches Position, Now Supports Keystone XL Pipeline

Originally published on Fri February 21, 2014 8:29 am

Transcript

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And I'm David Greene. Good morning.

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Fronteras Desk
1:20 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Navajo Communities Face Water Poverty Crisis

Lindsay Johnson has had to conserve water most of her life. It's a happy day when the water lady fills her barrels.
Laurel Morales Fronteras

Fronteras: Most Americans use more than 100 gallons of water a day, but in Smith Lake, New Mexico, on the Navajo Nation, they use seven. As industries develop farther into remote areas, they run into conflicts with tribes who view certain sites as sacred New York City's "stop and frisk" law has been controversial because of the potential for racial profiling and in San Diego, activists say the same thing is happening.

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Environment
8:44 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Despite Efforts, The Rio Grande Is One Dirty Border

Kayakers head out on the Rio Grande toward one of the international bridges that connect Laredo, Texas, and the town of Nuevo Laredo in Mexico. Raw sewage and animal carcasses float in the water.
Neena Satija Texas Tribune

Originally published on Tue October 22, 2013 6:13 pm

There's one easy way to find out how bad the water quality is in the Rio Grande: get into a kayak.

Paddle through chocolate brown water in Laredo and the overwhelming smell makes it hard to breathe. A dog's carcass floats by; there are many dead fish, too.

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The Protojournalist
1:36 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Gone Tomorrow: Don't Mess With Texas Wildflowers

Poppy mallow.
W.D and Dolphia Bransford Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Originally published on Tue September 3, 2013 10:13 am

For variegated reasons – urban sprawl, large-scale farming, invasive plants and human thoughtlessness – wildflowers in America are vanishing.

Which is a shame.

In Texas, for instance, bloomspotting in the vast expanse of the Lone Starscape can be like birdwatching. Amid the dun and dust of desert and field, flora can surprise, delight, astonish.

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The Source - August 6, 2013
5:02 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

The Source: What Is After CSCOPE? | The Cranes And The Water

Texas Education Service Center Curriculum Collaborative (TESCCC)

In the first segment:

CSCOPE, an online curriculum provider for 877 school districts in Texas, became a rallying cry for conservative talk-radio hosts and legislators and the one legislator who is both, Sen Dan Patrick, R-Houston, led the charge.  

Now that the state's contract with the curriculum management tool has been canceled, what happens?  

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Environment
2:35 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Environmentalists Examine The Long-Term Costs Of Fracking

Mikenorton Wikimedia Commons

An environmental group has released the results of a study that details the cost of the new oil boom known as “Fracking.”  Fracking extracts oil and gas from the ground by injecting well sites with a high-pressurized mixture of water, salts and chemicals (see above graphic).

Environment Texas chartered a study of how much fracking costs Texas landowners and cities in terms of damaged roads, contamination, and pollution.

"Texas’ financial insurance standards are inadequate,” explains Luke Metzger, director of Environment Texas.

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TPR Events & Initiatives
3:21 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Free Community Event: 'Bag It!' Movie Screening

"Bag It!" Movie Poster
Reelthing Films

Is your life too plastic? Have you ever considered the impact of plastics on your health and your environment? The documentary film "Bag It!" follows one man's journey to learn about his own use of plastics and how they affect the world. 

Texas Public Radio is presenting a free screening of "Bag It!" on Tuesday, March 5 at the LOL Comedy Club, followed by a panel discussion. 

Panel Members:

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