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Why Was $66 Billion Spent On Renewables Before The Texas Blackouts?

The oldest maxim in politics is “follow the money.” That maxim also applies to electric grids. Following the billions of dollars that have been spent on the Texas grid explains why the state continues to have electricity shortages. On Monday,…

Study presents new species of bizarre, extinct lizard previously misidentified as a bird

(Florida Museum of Natural History) An international research team has described a new species of Oculudentavis, providing further evidence that the animal first identified as a hummingbird-sized dinosaur was actually a lizard.

‘Slow slip’ earthquakes’ hidden mechanics revealed

(University of Texas at Austin) Scientists at The University of Texas at Austin have used seismic ‘CT’ scans and supercomputers to reveal the inner workings of a region off the coast of New Zealand known to produce slow motion tremors, also called slow slip earthquakes. The insights help scientists pinpoint why tectonic energy at subduction zones is sometimes released gently as slow slip, and other times as devastating, high-magnitude earthquakes.

Solving a natural riddle of water filtration

(University of Texas at Austin) An international, interdisciplinary team of researchers that includes engineers from The University of Austin has found a way to replicate a natural process that moves water between cells, with a goal of improving how we filter out salt and other elements and molecules to create clean water while consuming less energy.

Protecting Local Water Can Help Slow Climate Change and Provide Trillions of Dollars in Benefits – UT News – UT News | The University of Texas at Austin

AUSTIN, Texas — A new paper in the May issue of Nature Communications demonstrates why reducing nutrient pollution in local lakes and other waterbodies produces economic benefits globally: Reducing water pollution can help slow climate change and provide trillions of…

Protecting local water has global benefits – EurekAlert

IMAGE: The United States Great Lakes as seen from space. The Great Lakes hold about 90% of the freshwater in the U.S. and about 20% of the world’s freshwater supply (NOAA)…. view more  Credit: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Great Lakes…

The Environmental Threat More Immediate Than Climate Change –

A Pew Research Center survey conducted last year found that 60% of U.S. adults surveyed viewed climate change as a major threat, and 65% claimed that the federal government was not doing enough to reduce the effects of climate change. …

Climate-friendly microbes chomp dead plants without releasing heat-trapping methane

(University of Texas at Austin) Scientists have identified a new phylum of microbes found around the world that appear to be playing an important (and surprising) role in the global carbon cycle by helping break down decaying plants without producing the greenhouse gas methane. The phylum is named Brockarchaeota after Thomas Brock, a pioneer in the study of microbes that live in extreme environments who died on April 4.

Undetected coronavirus variant was in at least 15 countries before its discovery

(University of Texas at Austin) A highly contagious SARS-CoV-2 variant had spread across the globe undetected for months when scientists discovered it, according to a new study in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases.