Topic: Environment

The Right Way To Think About the Keystone XL pipeline

Nov. 24, 2014
The Right Way To Think About the Keystone XL pipeline

Amid the back-and-forth in Congress recently over the Keystone XL pipeline, which will ship fuel from Canadian oil sands to Texas to be processed and sent on to global markets, it's become increasingly hard for Texans and Americans to decide whether they support the project.

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SITES Program Certifies Sustainable Landscape Projects from Seattle to Atlanta

Aug. 7, 2014

The Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES) program has certified four new landscapes, including a pocket park in Washington state, a mixed-use development in northern California, a historic Civil-War era preserve in New York, and the headquarters of an architecture firm in Georgia.

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Researchers Find Major West Antarctic Glacier Melting from Geothermal Sources

June 10, 2014

Thwaites Glacier, the large, rapidly changing outlet of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, is not only being eroded by the ocean, it's being melted from below by geothermal heat, researchers at the Institute for Geophysics at The University of Texas at Austin (UTIG) report in the current edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Global Production of Shade Grown Coffee Shrinking

April 16, 2014
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The proportion of land used to cultivate shade grown coffee, relative to the total land area of coffee cultivation, has fallen by nearly 20 percent globally since 1996, according to a new study by scientists from The University of Texas at Austin and five other institutions.

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Symbiotic Fungi Inhabiting Plant Roots Have Major Impact On Atmospheric Carbon

Jan. 8, 2014

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AUSTIN, Texas  Microscopic fungi that live in plants' roots play a major role in the storage and release of carbon from the soil into the atmosphere, according to a University of Texas at Austin researcher and his colleagues at Boston University and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute.

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