Environment

Tuesday, August 6, 2019 by Sangita Menon

Austin officials advise keeping pets out of Lady Bird Lake following death of two dogs

The city of Austin is warning people to keep their pets out of Lady Bird Lake while authorities test the water for the presence of harmful algae. Two dogs died recently after swimming in the lake, though officials cannot confirm…

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 by Mose Buchele

The heat in Austin could outpace science’s ability to measure it by 2036

This July is on track to be Earth’s hottest month ever recorded. That spike in heat is part of a larger warming trend that could change the way governments and researchers measure extreme temperatures.When it comes to triple-digit days in…

Monday, July 1, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Carbon-reducing concrete could come to Austin

Concrete is the second-largest industrial producer of carbon dioxide in the world, according to the International Energy Agency. Yet it is still one of the most popular building materials.Tom Ennis, the sustainability officer with the Watershed Protection Department, told the…

Monday, June 24, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

City shares reason for Barton Springs’ cloudy water last December

After Barton Springs was closed for a few days last December following an unusual level of turbidity in the water, the city immediately began investigating the cause.As the plumes of sediment filling the freshwater pool settled, instruments measuring water quality…

Tuesday, June 11, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Austin at risk for violating federal ozone standards

Ozone levels in the Austin area have been hovering just below federal violation levels for the last six years.Ground-level ozone – or “bad” ozone – is an ingredient in smog and a primary pollutant that can cause a number of…

Monday, June 10, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Shoal Creek Trail solution coming to Council

After a catastrophic landslide carved a 30-foot-high cliff through residents’ backyards along Shoal Creek last year, the city sprang into action to devise a plan to stabilize what was left. However, the slope shifted again this spring, leaving Austinites wondering…

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