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You’d think scientists would be able to figure out for sure whether the rash of North Texas earthquakes in recent years has a definite link to oil and gas drilling activity, including waste injection wells. In fact, some scientists believe they have figured it out, and they say there is a link. But at least…

Researchers hope to begin locating a network of seismographs by March to help determine what’s causing the earth to move across the state, including under North Texas. Scott Tinker, director of the Texas Bureau of Economic Geology, on Tuesday said a vendor for providing the equipment has been selected and a new project director, Alex Savvaidis,…

Stock Prices Sink in a Rising Ocean of Oil

HOUSTON — The world is awash in crude oil, with enough extra produced last year to fuel all of Britain or Thailand. And the price of oil will not stop falling until the glut shrinks. The oil glut — the unsold crude that is piling up around the world — is a quandary and a source of…

California already gets a quarter of its electricity from clean sources, and Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill last year upping the state’s renewable energy mandate to 50 percent by 2030. For Golden State policymakers and activists, the question at this point isn’t how much energy the state should get from renewables: It’s how to get to as close…

Nature Controls Colorado River Outlook

The Colorado River Basin’s water supply is mainly affected by wet and dry weather cycles, not changes in human use, according to a study led by researchers from the University of Texas at Austin. The strained nature of the system is caused by the lack of enough precipitation between droughts to fully replenish what was consumed,…

Our last, best chance to help planet

The United Nations Climate Change Conference currently being held in Paris is our best and last chance for a binding global agreement to cut emissions and help our planet. The Paris talks hope to achieve a legally binding agreement among all nations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and thereby limit an expected global temperature increase…

It may not be Nixon’s trip to China, but Gov. Greg Abbott will lead a trade mission to Cuba next week. It will be Abbott’s second foreign trade trip — he visited Mexico in September — and the second trip to Cuba by a governor since President Barack Obama initiated a thaw in relations with…

Climate Change Can Tear Down Mountains

The St. Elias Mountains in Alaska are more than 5000 meters tall, testament to a tectonic plate wedged underneath the region that is driving them up like a snowplow. But the St. Elias range also contains some of the world’s largest glaciers, which inexhaustibly scour the mountains and dump sediment in the sea. Now, a…

We’re on the cusp of a new era for science and computer science. People are able to measure natural phenomena more precisely thanks to all the new sensors and the Internet of Things. We can handle immense amounts of data thanks to new data management technologies. And we’re producing ever more sophisticated algorithms and computer…

Surprisingly, scientists know very little about the water that’s located beneath the Earth’s surface. To overcome this knowledge gap, an international team of researchers has put together a new global map showing where and in what quantities this precious resource is located. To put this map together, the University of Victoria’s Tom Gleeson, along with…

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