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In New Study, SMU Seismologist Gets To The Bottom Of North Texas' Strongest Earthquake

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 02:20:29 +0000

The same fault that produced the 4 magnitude earthquake in May 2015 in Johnson County — the strongest ever recorded in North Texas — could create an even larger one in the future, a recent study has found.


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https://cpa.ds.npr.org/kera/audio/2017/11/quake_with_intro.mp3




In 'Photo Ark,' Nat Geo Photographer Captures World's Diverse Species Before They're Gone

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 21:08:13 +0000

For a new project, National Geographic's Joel Sartore has photographed over 6,000 species held in zoos, sanctuaries and other captive institutions across the world because they're "the animals we have."


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https://cpa.ds.npr.org/kera/audio/2017/04/nat_geo_2-way_web_mix.mp3




Take A Tour Through Texas' Majestic National Parks, Trails And Waters

Wed, 28 Dec 2016 20:40:00 +0000

The National Park Service is celebrating 100 years of preserving America’s most diverse landscapes. Texas is home to 16 designated sites, including monuments, recreation areas and two national parks, that thousands of people visit every year.


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https://cpa.ds.npr.org/kera/audio/2016/12/texas_national_parks_2wayfor_web.mp3




The iNaturalist App Is Kind Of Like Pokémon Go For Wildlife

Wed, 10 Aug 2016 13:31:27 +0000

Not everyone wandering around outside with their phones is searching for Pokémon. Some people are searching for real, rare wildlife.


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https://cpa.ds.npr.org/kera/audio/2016/08/citizen_science_texas_wildlife_w_intro.mp3




ExxonMobil Once Again Rejects Climate Change Proposals At Dallas Meeting

Thu, 26 May 2016 16:50:25 +0000

ExxonMobil shareholders in Dallas once again failed to pass several resolutions that would force the oil giant to address climate change. The Irving-based company has been under scrutiny for how it’s handled environmental issues. And while environmentalists are disappointed, they're not surprised.


Media Files:
https://cpa.ds.npr.org/kera/audio/2016/05/11450_exxonmobil_feature_news.mp3




"Watching The City Wake Up:" Two Friends Ride Through Dallas On Bike To Work Day

Fri, 20 May 2016 23:22:00 +0000

Some North Texans ditched their cars this morning. It was Bike to Work Day, one of the largest cycling events across the country. While North Texas isn’t well-known for being particularly bike friendly, many cyclists wanted to prove otherwise.


Media Files:
https://cpa.ds.npr.org/kera/audio/2016/05/11452_bike_to_work_two_news.mp3




Humans Have Caused Majority Of Recent Texas Earthquakes, New Study Finds

Wed, 18 May 2016 23:32:00 +0000

There’s a been a lot of debate about what has caused the swarm of earthquakes in North Texas. A new study from the University of Texas at Austin and Southern Methodist University says humans are likely behind the quakes – not just in recent years, but for nearly a century.


Media Files:
https://cpa.ds.npr.org/kera/audio/2016/05/kera_eq_study_mixdown_3.mp3




Dallas County Asks Feds To Clean Up State Air Standards

Tue, 03 May 2016 23:05:44 +0000

The Dallas County Commissioner’s Court approved a resolution Tuesday calling for higher state air quality standards for North Texas.


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https://cpa.ds.npr.org/kera/audio/2016/05/air_quality_resolution_mixdown_web.mp3




Texas Air Quality: There's Good News And Bad News

Wed, 20 Apr 2016 11:28:25 +0000

The American Lung Association released the results of its 17th annual State of the Air report on Wednesday. It’s a report card on the nation’s air quality, ranking metro areas based on ozone and particle pollution.


Media Files:
https://cpa.ds.npr.org/kera/audio/2016/04/air_quality_report_web_mixdown_2.mp3




Dallas Zoo Hopes To Import New Elephants, But Activists Call The Move Unnatural

Tue, 08 Dec 2015 18:01:34 +0000

The Dallas Zoo is among three American zoos looking to import 18 elephants that are in danger in Swaziland, a country in southern Africa. As they wait for approval from the federal government, animal rights activists are speaking out against the move.


Media Files:
https://cpa.ds.npr.org/kera/audio/2015/12/11451_Dallas_Elephants_NEWS_01.mp3




In Fort Worth, Bicyclists Drop Seed Bombs To Help Bees And Butterflies

Tue, 17 Nov 2015 16:05:29 +0000

About 100 bicyclists spent Saturday morning riding along the Trinity River in Fort Worth as part of an event called The Great Seed Bomb. The riders tossed 4,000 seed bombs along the Trinity River in Fort Worth to build up habitat for bees and butterflies.


Media Files:
https://cpa.ds.npr.org/kera/audio/2015/11/seed_bomb_mixdown_1_web.mp3




Denton's Power Plan Raises Questions About How To Back Up Wind, Solar

Wed, 11 Nov 2015 00:54:58 +0000

In Denton, city council members dug into a plan on Tuesday to boost the amount of power the city gets to 70 percent by 2019. It would also eliminate the city’s use of energy from coal-fired power plants. But the Renewable Denton plan relies on building two new natural gas power plants to help make up the rest of the city’s energy mix, and that has some worried.


Media Files:
https://cpa.ds.npr.org/kera/audio/2015/11/renewable_denton_cc_mixdown_for_web.mp3




Denton City Council To Take Up Renewable Energy Plan

Tue, 10 Nov 2015 04:58:31 +0000

Denton’s city council will take up a proposed plan to boost the amount of power the city uses to 70 percent by 2019 in a work session on Tuesday. While there’s wide agreement that using more renewable energy sources is a good thing, the rub for some more environmentally-oriented Dentonites is the part of the plan that doesn’t come from renewables. The Renewable Denton plan calls for building two new power plants run on natural gas.


Media Files:
https://cpa.ds.npr.org/kera/audio/2015/11/10464_renewabledentonfolo_news_web.mp3




Denton Wants To Nearly Double Renewable Energy And Not Everyone’s Happy

Thu, 29 Oct 2015 03:08:15 +0000

Denton is considering an ambitious $1.3 billion plan to ramp up the amount of energy it gets from renewable sources. The goal is to get 70 percent from renewables by 2019. Denton Municipal Electric is one of 72 public electric companies in Texas. The utility made waves 6 years ago when it announced that the city would get 40 percent of its power from wind.


Media Files:
https://cpa.ds.npr.org/kera/audio/2015/10/10454_web.mp3




Bloom Then Doom: Giant Agave Flowers At Dallas Arboretum, But Will Soon Die

Fri, 19 Jun 2015 23:04:31 +0000

The Dallas Arboretum is full of life right now; bright blossoms, busy honeybees and one plant that stands out above the rest. It’s a crazy cycle of life, and death, for the Queen Victoria Agave.


Media Files:
https://cpa.ds.npr.org/kera/audio/2015/06/agave_mixdown_for_web.mp3




Flower Houses And Texas Twisted Fairy Tales: It's Summer At The Dallas Arboretum

Fri, 15 May 2015 23:29:48 +0000

A bright spot in the rainy forecast is a new exhibit at the Dallas Arboretum . The kick-off to summer opens May 16 and features flower houses and fairy tales with a Texas twist.


Media Files:
https://cpa.ds.npr.org/kera/audio/2015/05/arboretum_for_web.mp3




Texas Wind Capacity Is Number One In The Country

Tue, 25 Nov 2014 16:00:00 +0000

From the top of El Centro College, there’s no escaping a skyline that is – in part – a tribute to the fossil fuel industry. Not exactly the place you’d expect to find a wind farm.


Media Files:
https://cpa.ds.npr.org/kera/audio/2014/12/11409_RENEWABLES_NEWS.mp3




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

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 08:30:00 +0000

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.


Media Files:
https://cpa.ds.npr.org/kera/audio/2015/03/east_fork_wetlands_project__video_companion_wrapweb__10_22.mp3




A New Throne For Your Home: Dallas Gives Away High-Efficiency Toilets

Tue, 03 Jun 2014 03:10:59 +0000

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.


Media Files:
https://cpa.ds.npr.org/kera/audio/2014/06/Toilet_Retrofit_Program_Dallas_Water_Utilities.mp3




When It Comes To Water Restrictions, How Far Should Fort Worth Go?

Wed, 02 Apr 2014 01:55:50 +0000

Update 10 p.m. Tuesday: The Fort Worth City Council has delayed for one week a vote to permanently restrict outdoor watering to twice a week. Council member W. B. Zimmerman asked for the additional time to educate the public about proposed conservation plans. Sal Espino, who represents District 2, was opposed to the delay. He said: "I would be in favor of moving forward with this ordinance, imperfect as it may seem to some, and then later changing it or tweaking, because we've already been doing twice per week watering."


Media Files:
https://cpa.ds.npr.org/kera/audio/2014/04/11735_WATER_NEWS.mp3