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What Does Rising Acidity in the Gulf of Mexico Mean for Sea Life and for Us?

Posted on · The Gulf of Mexico has been absorbing large amounts of carbon dioxide created by burning fossil fuels and other human endeavors. Both NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have been observing the acidification of oceans for some time. So what does increasing acid in our oceans mean — both for sea life […]

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How Do Texas Firefighters Prepare for Oil Tanker Train Fires?

Posted on · There was a rail disaster northwest of Houston last week, but you probably didn't hear about it. That's because it was “staged” as part of a training exercise. From News 88.7’s Energy and Environment desk, Dave Fehling reports on how a new risk is changing the curriculum at a Texas “fire-fighting school.” (Images Courtesy: Dave […]

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New College Guide: Texas Schools Earn Top Marks

Posted on · Over the next several weeks, thousands of college-bound Texans will be making their final choice of where they'll be going in the fall. Many of those students have been pouring over college guides before making their decision. But the co-author of a new college guide says those resources don't offer the complete picture a student […]

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The Not-Always-Exact Science of Predicting the Weather

Posted on · Predicting the weather is not an exact science. The more days you project out, the more challenging a process it can be. There are a variety of computer models forecasters use to determine how a particular front might develop, but those models sometimes disagree. We talk about forecast modeling with Istvan Szunyogh, a Professor in […]

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“Winter” Weather and Moderates in Politics: Houston Matters for Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014

Posted on · The recent cold snap reminds us that, while summer months here can seem interminably hot and muggy, from October through April, Houston's weather can vary wildly. One day we're enjoying mild seasonal temperatures; the next we're fishing our coats out of the back of the closet, and being reminded to wrap our pipes and mind […]

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Uber and Lyft, Pre-K, HISD closure update, and Seaweed: Houston Matters for Thursday, March 6, 2014

Posted on · Recently, a pair of Houston City Council committees began hearings on the possible entrance of Uber and Lyft, two ride-sharing services that use apps to attract customers, into the city of Houston. Council chambers were packed, mainly with supporters of established taxi and limousine companies. Council members heard a comprehensive study by Administration and Regulatory […]

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Social Consumerism and Politics in Houston and Galveston’s Mardi Gras: Houston Matters for Friday, February 21, 2014

Posted on · There are lots of reasons to purchase products from one company over another – usually, we consider price or quality or convenience – but sometimes, the decision is a moral one. Does the company treat its workers well? Does it do business with unsavory people? Does it use sound environmental practices? In other words – […]

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Accessibility in Houston, Pet Care, and the Texans After Kubiak: Houston Matters for Monday, December 9, 2013

Posted on · When we think about “getting around” Houston, we tend to think of it from our own perspective. If you’re young you don’t think about it from the standpoint of someone who’s older. If you own a car, you tend not to think much about those who don’t. The same goes for disabilities. If you’re not […]