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There's another 50 acres close to downtown that will now never be paved over or developed. An agreement was finalized on Monday to permanently set aside the property extending from the University of the Incarnate Word to Olmos Drive, next to Olmos Dam.

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Grey Forest, a small town near San Antonio, recently lost its recycling program. Part of the problem originated on the other side of the world, and one resident is trying to find a solution.

Scientists spend a lot of time studying how the coronavirus and other emerging diseases end up in human populations. 

About three-quarters of new diseases are zoonotic, which means they are transmitted by animals. 

From Texas Standard:

Wednesday marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. When it was first celebrated in 1970, more than 20 million people took to the streets and that action spurred the passage of environmental laws and regulations that are still in effect today. Large gatherings aren't possible this year because of COVID-19, but some groups are finding other ways to celebrate.

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“These ecosystems harbor some really amazing species,” said Dr. Ben Hutchins at the most recent Texas Water Symposium forum on Wednesday, November 13 at Schreiner University in Kerrville.

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Thousands of acres of former coal mining land in Texas could be contaminated because of the state's lax enforcement of industry requirements.

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Meat has long been ingrained in the American identity as a meal staple, but there are growing health and environmental concerns related to its consumption and production. How do meat and meat-like products factor into a sustainable food future?

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More than just aesthetically pleasing plant to any home garden, trees are extremely beneficial to the environment. In urban settings, like San Antonio, trees help prevent a rise in temperature across the city landscape. 

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Mexican officials calculated an increase in the monarch butterfly population early this year but overall, the population has declined by 90% since the 1990s. What are the greatest threats to monarchs' and their migratory journey? What does the drop say about the health and stability of our ecosystem?