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Mind the gap: ghosts, trees, and Goodbye to a River

There’s a 5,000-pound ghost hovering over Austin’s Lady Bird Lake, the remains of a 35-foot cedar elm painted white and hoisted onto a shaft sunk into the water. Entitled Thirst, this collaborative project memorializes the estimated 301 million trees in … Continue reading

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Listapalooza: top ten summer songs

Nothing says summer like record-setting heat and drought—nothing, that is, except possibly the Beach Boys. As this apparently endless summer drags on (and on, and on), I thought it might be fun to do a top-ten list of all-time favorite … Continue reading

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Grape-Nuts, dynamite, and drought

This summer in Central Texas has been extraordinary even by our hellish standards. Yesterday the official state climatologist (did you even know we had one of those?), John Nielsen-Gammon, reported that July 2011 was the hottest month in Texas since … Continue reading

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The wonder and power of water…

… in a time of drought are, oddly, matched only in times of flood. The Texas Hill Country is in the grip of a drought unparalleled at least since the 1950s. This drought has been so fierce that cattle going … Continue reading

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