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The Future of Solar Power in Houston

Posted on · The City of Houston recently announced an expansion in renewable energy. The city agreed to purchase an additional 20 megawatts of solar power. Over the next couple of weeks, Houston Matters will devote part of our show talking about the various forms of energy in Greater Houston and across Texas. Today, we examine solar energy with Dr. […]

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Discussing Houston’s Drinking Water Quality and Supply

Posted on · The local think tank Center for Houston’s Future is hosting its annual Summer Salon series called Water Water Everywhere, featuring discussions on issues related to water. The first talk addressed drinking water and water supply. The second talk, coming in July, will center on dealing with recent flooding. And the final talk in August addresses hurricane protection and response. […]

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Wind Power Transmission and Steel Pipe: Monday’s Show (April 4, 2016)

Posted on · A Houston-based company has entered into an agreement with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to carry out a project designed to modernize a portion of the country’s electric grid and be able to deliver wind-generated energy from the Texas panhandle, Oklahoma and southwest Kansas to more than 1.5 million homes across several states. DOE […]

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How Much Oil is Stored in Houston and Is It Harmful to Our Health?

Posted on · Oil prices are down because of simple economics: more supply than demand, which means there’s a lot of oil that can’t be used. Instead, it must be stored. And as it turns out, an increasing amount of it is being held right here in Houston. Millions and millions of barrels of it. Dave Fehling, News […]

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Galveston Bay Gets Bad Grade For Pollution

Posted on · The Galveston Bay Foundation recently released its latest Galveston Bay Report Card, a progress report on the state of the bay’s water and ecosystem. While foundation president Bob Stokes told News 88.7 “The water today in Galveston Bay is much cleaner that it was 30 to 40 years ago,“ he says there’s still plenty of issues […]

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New Technology is Being Used to Study Houstonians’ Exposure to Air Pollution

Posted on · The Houston Advanced Research Center is beginning an air quality study using new air quality monitoring technologies to assess human exposure to air pollution. The Manchester, Milby Park and Galena Park neighborhoods will be the focus of the study. We learn more from Dr. Jay Olaguer, the Program Director for Air Quality Science at HARC.

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Could Houston Follow Austin’s Footsteps Towards Solar Energy?

Posted on · Last month, Austin’s City Council updated the city’s Energy Resource, Generation and Climate Protection Plan, with an auspicious goal: to see that 55 percent of Austin’s energy comes from clean, renewable resources by 2025. One component of that effort is to expand the use of solar energy. How about Houston? What could we accomplish here […]

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Protecting the Texas Coast from Storms: It’s a Year-Round Job

Posted on · Hurricane season may be over, but preparing for the next big tropical storm is a year-long process. Among the groups engaged in that effort is the Gulf Coast Community Protection and Recovery District. The GCCPRD develops plans to help Galveston, Harris, and other area counties to alleviate damage from storms like 2008’s Hurricane Ike. The […]

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Storm Surge Suppression, Colic, and Sports Monday: Houston Matters for Monday, Jan. 5, 2015

Posted on · Hurricane season may be over, but preparing for the next big tropical storm is a year-long process. Among the groups engaged in that effort is the Gulf Coast Community Protection and Recovery District. The GCCPRD develops plans to help Galveston, Harris, and other area counties to alleviate damage from storms like 2008’s Hurricane Ike. The […]

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Rising Seas, Houston Weddings, and Thanksgivukkah: Houston Matters for Monday, November 25, 2013

Posted on · Last night, KUHF debuted a new public radio special entitled Rising Seas. It’s part of a series of energy programs called BURN, and the production takes an in-depth look at the potentially devastating impact of sea-level rise along the Gulf Coast, and for two major American cities – Miami and New York. Houston Matters will […]