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Harnessing the Sun's Energy

Posted on · After months of installation, Houston Mayor Bill White unveiled an array of solar panels on top of the Brown Convention Center. More than 600 panels provide a tiny portion of energy to the facility, but it marks the beginning of a pilot program designed to promote the best use of solar energy. Pat Hernandez has more.

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A Call to Support Renewable Energy

Posted on · Environmental advocates use a new report to urge state leaders to support renewable fuels. The report by Environment Texas says the price for our dependence on fossil fuels will cost the dearly over the next 20-years. Rod Rice reports.

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Climate Change Could Cost U.S. $12-Billion

Posted on · Rising sea levels over the next 100-years could have a devastating effect on Galveston. Rod Rice reports that a just released study finds that the Galveston area could suffer a 12-billion dollar infrastructure loss due to climate change.

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Shell to Pay Out Over Violations

Posted on · The Shell Oil Company and citizen environmental groups have reached a proposed settlement over a lawsuit. Shell will significantly reduce emissions at its Deer Park Facility and pay nearly six million dollars for past violations. Laurie Johnson reports.

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Bringing Science Outdoors

Posted on · The torrential rains Houston has had lately turn out to be a teaching tool for one group of students. Foresters at the Harris County Flood Control District teach them about healthy eco-systems, erosion and water quality. Laurie Johnson reports.

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Harvesting Water

Posted on · As the population of Texas continues to grow — the availability of water decreases. The Texas Commission on Environmental quality is urging Texans to practice water conservation now before the problem worsens. Laurie Johnson has more.

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Invasion of the Crazy Ants

Posted on · Houston is the epicenter for a growing danger to the entire state. A foreign intruder camps out here, lurking in your back yard or inside your walls. It's the Rasberry Crazy Ant — and it's considered one of the fastest-spreading natural threats this state has seen. Laurie Johnson has more.

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Be Careful When Mixing Household Products

Posted on · The first day of spring means a time for cleaning. Most people don't think of the chemical based household products they use as hazardous materials. The city of Houston encourages residents to be safe and environmentally responsible when disposing household products that are hazardous. Pat Hernandez has more.

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Profiting from Pollution?

Posted on · With Barack Obama now in office, Congress is preparing to pass laws aimed at reducing greenhouse gases which scientists say cause global warming. What's interesting about these laws is that they may allow some companies to profit from the pollution of others. Bill Stamps explains.

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First Biofuel-powered Flight by a U.S. Carrier

Posted on · Continental Airlines takes to the air in a jet using biofuel. The demonstration by the Houston-based carrier is the first flight to be conducted by a U.S. commercial airliner. The special fuel blend is made partly from algae. Pat Hernandez has the story.

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Rising Sea Levels

Posted on · Over the past 50 years, the sea level around the world has risen by 4 inches. While many credit global warming, that doesn't fully explain the sources of all that water. Climate science and environmental experts from around the world gathered at Rice University to discuss the sea level rise and its implication for the Houston area. Pat Hernandez has the story.