Central Texas Flood Response 2015

Anon E. Moose Because Texas, Environment

In this very first episode of Science Meets Society at UT Austin, we discussed the May 2015 flooding event that severely impacted Wimberley, Hays County, Houston, and many other surrounding areas across Central Texas and the U.S. Midwest. As population levels and development in these areas rises significantly, flash floods are becoming a more routine part the environmental conditions of these areas (impervious …

Hot Science Cool Talks – Available on iTunes U

Anon E. Moose Environment

Every year for the past fifteen years, the Environmental Science Institute at UT Austin hosts a series of extraordinary talks by researchers and scientists who are leaders in their field. It’s called Hot Science – Cool Talks. Free to the public and often drawing crowds of well over 500 people, lecture topics range from exploring habitats, the future of 3D printing, environmental sustainability, to …

A Prefab House That Produces More Energy Than it Consumes

Anon E. Moose Environment

Australian architecture firm ArchiBlox recently unveiled Australia’s first carbon-positive prefab home that’s packed with eco-friendly features and gorgeous to boot. Contemporary and cozy, this… Source: Australia’s first carbon-positive prefab house produces more energy than it consumes | Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building

Global Change, Local Effects

Anon E. Moose Environment

Scorching ‘heat dome’ over Middle East sees temperatures soar to 165F in Iran – Telegraph Falling land will exacerbate the flooding that the nation’s capital faces from rising ocean waters – ScienceDaily Who’s Soot is This? Tagging Carbon and Tracing it to the Source -ScienceDaily

Indicators of Instability

Anon E. Moose Economy, Environment

Deutsche Bank Projecting A 40% Decline In NY Housing Prices – ZH Yellen’s Contradictory Message On Upcoming Rate Hikes – ZH If the Fed waits much longer to raise rates – as some institutions like the IMF want it to do – it might be forced to move aggressively once it starts. However, if it moves sooner, that could allow it to proceed …

Big Oil Uses Toxic Chemicals to Clean Up Spills | Mother Jones

Waldon Brandisher Environment

Five years ago this week, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded, killing 11 workers and setting off the worst oil spill in US history. The images are unforgettable: The Gulf of Mexico on fire. Pelicans emerging from the water entirely covered in thick, black oil. Planes flying overhead, spraying more than a million gallons of an oil-dispersing chemical called Corexit …

Speleo-Perspective… Do You Have It?

Waldon Brandisher Environment

It’s hard to tell by just looking at them, but Speleothems are these amazing, continuous records of seasonal change that allow us to peer back into past climates for particular localities over thousands, sometimes tens of thousands, of years. A speleothem is simply a calcite deposit formed from dripping water that is built up in layers over time. This information …

Ebola in Texas

Waldon Brandisher Environment, Rapid Developments

“If they’re not lying, they are grossly incompetent,” – AJC Ebola Shows Up in Texas – HuffPost Dallas Dubbed “Ground-Zero” – NYT But Are Schools Safe? – DallasNews (don’t expect an answer) Charts, Maps, and Photos – Vox 2014 Outbreak Graphic – CDC   History of Ebola – Wiki Symptoms

Artisan Intel Mapping

Waldon Brandisher Environment

If you are interested in helping others discover Art and Information in their environment, then you just may be interested in contributing to the Artisan Intel Map that is under development. The current map contains nearly 100 locations around Austin, from artisan studios, galleries, organic food, farmers markets, to theaters and music locations. The next step is adding content and …

The Dust Bowl, From the Perspective of a Migrant Farmer

Waldon Brandisher Environment, Written or Spoken Word

Moving to California was a difficult but necessary choice for my family. We fought long years of drought on our farm in Nebraska, as did many in the Midwest from Oklahoma and Kansas, to West Texas. Ultimately, we could not stay and tend to the small farm that brought us food and wage, for we suffered devastating losses that put …

Hot Science Talk Cast: The Roving Search for Life on Mars LIVE 18 Oct @7pm

Waldon Brandisher Environment, Mysteries and Discoveries

If you have ever been curious about the exploration of other worlds and the possibility of  life on Mars (or wonder what Curiosity does when on furlough), this is the perfect opportunity for you to meet Dr. John Grotzinger, NASA’s lead scientist for the Curiosity mission. So add this upcoming Hot Science Cool Talks to your calendar, because they only …