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In the next 20 years, experts predict there will be a drastic increase in the adoption of electric and hybrid cars. How are Texas cities including San Antonio preparing for more electric vehicles?


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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?


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Humans create a lot of trash. It's everywhere, from the oceans to the sides of Texas highways to our own backyards. But planet Earth isn't the only place that we've deposited our junk. There's also lots of junk in space, including decommissioned satellites and pieces of rockets. And it's all stuck orbiting around the Earth without much rhyme or reason. That means space junk can collide with and damage working satellites. A UT engineer wants to do something about it.

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The City of San Antonio's plan to be "carbon neutral" by 2050 has drawn mixed reactions since its release in late January. What strategies are being proposed? Does the plan go too far or not far enough in working to reduce climate impacts? 


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San Antonio is getting help in combating climate change from former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg with $2.5 million of support.

 

Texas is already feeling the effects of climate change, from an increasing number of 100-degree days per year to more frequent flooding and storms growing in intensity.


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With at least 12,750 turbines, the state of Texas ranks first in the U.S. for installed wind capacity, measured at over 23,200 MW in 2017.


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Cities around the country have been working to diversify their "energy mix" – the combination of natural resources and technologies used to fuel power grids.


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Local nonprofit SA2020 recently released its 2017 impact report, tracking the city's progress in various cause areas to improve conditions within San Antonio communities. 

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According to the United National Environment Program investment in green energy was nearly double that of hydrocarbon energy last year. 

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