Natural Gas Saves Water and Reduces Drought Vulnerability, Even When Factoring in Water Lost to Hydraulic Fracturing
A new study finds that in Texas, the U.S. state that annually generates the most electricity, the transition from coal to natural gas for electricity generation is saving water and making the state less vulnerable to drought.
The University of Texas at Austin is hosting its third annual drought symposium “Water Forum III: Droughts and Other Extreme Weather Events” on Oct. 14-15. With Texas reservoirs at 60 percent capacity because of a drought now in its third year, the issue continues to be critically important for the state.
Sixty-eight percent of registered Texas voters support spending $2 billion from the state’s "Rainy Day Fund" on water infrastructure projects across the state, according to a University of Texas at Austin/Texas Tribune poll.
Jay Famiglietti, expert in the global water cycle, will present "Last Call at the Oasis: Will There Be Enough Water for the 21st Century?"— part of the Hot Science-Cool Talks Outreach Series — from 7 to 8:15 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 26, in the Student Activities Center Auditorium (SAC 1.402). A pre-lecture fair starts at 5:45 p.m., featuring engaging activities in the SAC Foyer.
The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas (TAMEST) will hold the 2012 Texas Water Summit: Securing Water for Texas’ Future at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center on May 20-21. This summit will explore the major challenges of ensuring future water resources including supply and demand, water science and conservation, surface and… » Continue Reading
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