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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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Bringing the message of 100 percent renewable energy to the people | Rob Sargent

As President Trump and his administration attempt to roll back decades of environmental progress, we know there’s no time to waste in moving affirmatively to reduce pollution and complete the shift to 100 percent renewable energy. This summer, we’ve got hundreds of folks working in 27 offices in 19 states across the country educating more than 1.5 million Americans about the promise and prospect of re-powering our country with clean energy.

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News Release | Environment Texas

Hotter Summers Coming to Austin

AUSTIN – Environment Texas marked the first day of summer by urging leaders at all levels of government to tackle climate change. According to scientists at Climate Central, global warming pollution will fuel even hotter summers in the future. Temperatures in Texas are already 2.1 degrees hotter now, on average, than in the 1970s. Without action to eliminate global warming pollution, summer temperatures here in Austincould rise by 9.5 degrees by the end of the century. That would make summer days in Austin feel more like they do now in Arizona.

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Today is the longest day of the year. Let’s capture that sunlight for clean energy. | Bret Fanshaw

Today in the Northern Hemisphere, we experience the longest day of the year, when the sun showers our half of the world with bright and powerful rays of light.

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Disappointment for our state and local parks | Luke Metzger

I am sorry for the delay in furnishing the closing analysis of the appropriations process this cycle as it pertains to the Sporting Goods Sales Tax (SGST) for 2018-2019. However, it took a bit of scrubbing to make sure that it is all here, and we wanted to make sure that there was nothing in the Special Session Call or the Governor’s approval of the budget or his vetoes, which would influence the final outcome.

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News Release | Environment Texas

Austin council approves green infrastructure resolution

AUSTIN — The Austin City Council on Thursday unanimously passed a resolution that calls for the development of an integrated green infrastructure plan. The resolution specifically endorses the use of Green Stormwater Infrastructure features such as rain gardens, green roofs, permeable pavements, and rain harvesting systems in order to address the problems created by urban runoff.

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