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Now Read This: The Top 5 Stories of Last Week

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A warning sign along the shore of the dried O.C. Fisher Lake this summer in San Angelo, Texas.

The top five new stories of last week from StateImpact Texas, in case you missed them:

  1. The Texas Drought, as Seen from Space (Things Don’t Look Good). During a drought, it feels like all you can do is wait and wait for rain. Well, we may have to wait a little longer. A new NASA map shows that groundwater and soil moisture levels in Texas are at their “lowest levels seen in more than 60 years.”
  2. Not Under My Back Yard: Community Fights Toxic Water Well. In Montgomery County, the interests of industry are colliding with the well-being of communities. Are political favors a factor?
  3. A History of Drought and Extreme Weather in Texas. What was it like to be there for the first drought in Texas? Does the past have anything to tell us about our future? A new timeline of droughts and heat in Texas has some answers.
  4. How Abundant Natural Gas Spells Trouble for Renewables. Since it’s such an inexpensive energy source now, has gas has gone from being a bridge to renewables and become a barrier instead?
  5. Five Ways to Survive the Drought. Some helpful ideas for everyday Texans to make life in the drought a little easier.


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