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Monarch numbers could be at historic lows this year, says Texas A&M professor

April 1st, 2014

Monarch butterflies may be named for their large size and majestic beauty, but once again their numbers are anything but king-sized – in fact, 2014 may go down as one of the worst years ever for the colorful insects, says a Texas A&M Monarch watcher who is proposing a national effort to help feed Monarchs.

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How California’s drought hurts us all

March 17th, 2014

Since we became a nation of urban dwellers, we’ve inevitably lost touch with the weather and how it sustains us. We in the cities and burbs have come to see bad weather as a threat to our roof shingles and perhaps to our decorative shrubs. But there’s a whole sphere of existence out there that depends mightily upon the proper sunshine, rainfall and temperatures for its livelihood, and ours.

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Help hummingbirds by feeding them correctly

March 13th, 2014

This morning I noticed a hummingbird in the clover that I allow to grow in my backyard. Good thing my yard’s weed-friendly, this poor hummingbird was flying madly about to make a breakfast of the tiny flowers.

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These American voters are staunchly behind climate action

January 24th, 2014

Polls have long showed that the US citizenry wants more action against climate change than the government is willing to enact. Now a new poll shows that a coveted, growing group of voters is highly supportive of climate action.

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Polar vortex in the US could be the result of global warming

January 8th, 2014

While the ongoing cold snap is breaking records from Minnesota to Florida, it will not go down in history as the most significant Arctic outbreak in U.S. history, not even by a longshot.

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Organic farms help mitigate climate change

December 18th, 2013

Organic agriculture, long considered healthier for soil, water and wildlife, also helps mitigate climate change, according to a study done by European agriculture experts.

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Animal rights advocate Peter Singer explains how inhumane factory farming exacerbates poverty and climate change

November 21st, 2013

Animal rights advocate Peter Singer says shifting our diet away from meat could relieve human, as well as animal suffering. Speaking at UT-Dallas last week, he showed how factory farming and our inability to effectively fight world hunger are entwined.

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24 Hours of Climate Reality: Fossil fuel polluters are causing havoc and must pay a ‘carbon price’

October 22nd, 2013

Al Gore’s 24 Hours of Climate Reality, a look at how climate change is costing billions around the globe, kicked off today, with segments covering North America and South America. Featured calamities include: Hurricane Sandy, Colorado’s recent flooding and drought in Mexico where farmers can no longer grow corn.

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Hacking = good/solve/world problems

October 4th, 2013

More than 2,000 developers will be joining a hackathon this weekend with lofty aspirations: Solve world problems. The geek fest has already produced several helpful apps from previous gatherings.

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Researchers predict violent response to global warming

September 27th, 2013

Researchers in California say climate change could spur an increase in global violence by as much as 50 percent over the next 40 years if current temperature trends continue.

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Environmental experts will converge on Austin for SXSW Eco, Oct. 7-9

September 3rd, 2013

SXSW Eco will host its third annual conference Oct. 7-9, which is expected to draw more than 3,000 attendees to see speakers on green power, energy efficiency, urban gardens, sustainable design, climate change mitigation, bike trails, mass transit, organic agriculture and nature conservation, to name a fraction of what will be featured at this green showcase at the Austin Convention Center. The public is invited to attend.

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DOE Secretary Moniz explains the “all of the above” energy plan and defends natural gas fracking

August 29th, 2013

In his first major policy address since taking over at the Department of Energy, Dr. Ernest J. Moniz sought to explain the administration’s “all of the above” energy plan and answered critics who accuse Obama supporting natural gas development despite concerns that fracking contaminates air and water.

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