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We stopped 20 state parks from closing

After devastating budget cuts in 2011, this spring, the Legislature restored funding for state and local parks. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department had warned that 20 state parks would have to close without additional funds. But after a public outcry—including thousands of petition signatures from Environment Texas members—the Legislature boosted funding by $62 million. That's enough to keep all our state parks open, make critical repairs, replant trees destroyed by wildfire at Bastrop State Park, and to give grants to cities to build new parks, ball fields and playgrounds.

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Great Barrier Reef scientist: “And then we wept.” | Katie Hammer

Professor Hughes recalls his reaction to finding that 93 percent of the Great Barrier Reef’s coral is bleached: “And then we wept.”

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News Release | Environment Texas

10 Billion Pounds of Chemicals Injected Underground in Texas for Fracking

AUSTIN –10 billion pounds of chemicals have been pumped underground  to frack 54,958 wells in Texas since 2011, according to a new report from Environment Texas Research & Policy Center. Written along with the Frontier Group, the study, Fracking by the Numbers, quantifies how 138,000 fracking wells permitted over the last decade across the country have harmed the nation’s air, water, land and climate.

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Report | Environment Texas

Fracking by the numbers

Since 2005, according to industry and state data, at least 137,000 fracking wells have been drilled or permitted in more than 20 states, but the scale of fracking’s impact on our environment can be difficult to grasp. This report quantifies some of the key environmental and public health-related impacts triggered by fracking during the technology’s decade-long spread across the country.

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Report | Environment Texas

Shining Cities 2016

Solar power grew at a record-breaking pace in 2015. The United States now has more than 27,000 megawatts (MW) of cumulative solar electric capacity, enough to power more than 5.4 million American homes. Hundreds of thousands of Americans – especially in our cities – have invested in solar panels on their roofs or solar projects in their communities, and millions more are ready to join them.

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News Release | Environment Texas

San Antonio ranks 7th in nation for solar

SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio experienced major growth in solar capacity in 2015, going from 88 megawatts (MW) to 108 MW in one year, an increase of about 23 percent. The Alamo City ranked 1st in Texas and 7th nationally for solar capacity, just behind Indianapolis and ahead of New York, thanks in large part to continued investment by local utility CPS Energy. 

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