No sooner did I discover some new friends, a Texas barn owl family on Cornell’s Ornithology Cam, than I also found that mom, pop and the four incubating babies were in mortal danger.>> Read More
Find out how to get rid of your prescription drugs — the ones you don’t need anymore — so they don’t end up in waterways, re-genderizing fish and bouncing back into the tap.>> Read More
It’s Earth Day. How silly. We’re on this planet 24/7. But I guess after the Cuyahoga River went up in flames, it was time for a reminder.
Today, as we roast under a greenhouse gas blanket of around 400 ppm carbon dioxide, higher than it’s ever been for humans, the reminder’s still valuable.
Don’t count out the older generation this Earth Day. They recycled and planted gardens long before these activities were considered anything special. Check out this sweet video about how some area residents are participating in the green movement.>> Read More
A bill passed this week by the Oklahoma legislature would penalize the owners of rooftop solar panels and small farmers with wind turbines. Renewable power advocates are angry over what they see as a swipe at people trying to do the right thing.>> Read More
Eating healthier will get a little more expensive this summer as the effects of the California drought become apparent at groceries and food markets across the US. The state grows a majority of many produce crops grown in the US, followed mainly by Southern Texas and Florida. A new study estimates which foods will see the biggest price hikes.>> Read More
In Austin, people can give back to Mother Earth on Earth Day in a direct way, by shopping and dining at businesses participating in a special giveback program. This Earth Day, be ready with the list.>> Read More
Austin, with its Mexican, Tex-Mex and vegetarian offerings, is a bean-friendly city, and that may be helping keep residents more heart healthy, according to a new study that extols the value of beans for lowering “bad” cholesterol.>> Read More
Bamboo, that renewable, quick-growing wood that’s really a grass, has been expanding across product lines, turning up on floors, in furniture, and towels. But let’s get back to where we started: Bamboo works great in the kitchen. Remember those bamboo salad bowls? They’re still around, but there are many more ways attractive, durable bamboo is being tapped for kitchen ware.>> Read More
The 2010 BP oil disaster is not over for wildlife in the Gulf of Mexico, according to National Wildlife Federation and Texas A&M experts. Their report released today found high numbers of deaths of dolphins, sea turtles and other wildlife impacts in the area of the spill.>> Read More
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.>> Read More
Texas wind whipped on down the West plains this week to momentarily cover about 40 percent of the electricity being taken up by the state’s electric grid, a new Texas-sized record.>> Read More