Environmental Headlines for the Houston Region: July 9, 2019

When you couldn’t see the Arboretum for the trees

(Houston Chronicle, Allyn West, Updated 07/05/19. Photo by Houston Arboretum and Nature Center.)

“The death of almost half the trees at the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center might have saved the place.

A thicket — a combination of invasive plants and out-of-control natives — had swallowed the land. In the unbalanced ecosystem that had ermerged over the decades, bushes and vine-covered trees grew where they had no business growing.”


Houston, it’s up to us to tackle global warming

(Houston Chronicle, Brett Perlman and Andy Steinhubl, Updated 07/08/19. Photo by Scott Kingsley.)

“Could Houston — the world headquarters of the oil and gas industry — take the lead in solving the world’s global warming problems?”

Another unique opportunity for the Houston to lead involves our port: shifting marine operations to cleaner fuels, including hydrogen and liquefied natural gas, and continue electrifying port facilities.


Approval of $2B consent decree could hike Houston’s water rates as early as next year

(Houston Chronicle, Mike Morris, Updated 07/09/19. Photo by Godofredo A Vásquez)

“The Environmental Protection Agency has long been concerned that Houston’s cracked, clogged or flooded sewer pipes spill waste… Eighty percent of area waterways fall short of water quality standards for fecal bacteria.

Turner said he is proud of the proposal, saying it is a targeted solution that will limit sewer spills, upgrade facilities, and help keep pace with the city’s growth.”


Additional Headlines

  • 7/9/19
  • 7/8/19
    • After supporting flood bond, Houston-area developers want to delay new building rules (Zach Despart & Mike Morris – Houston Chronicle) www.houstonchronicle.com
    • Enterprise expanding oil exports and more along Houston Ship Channel (Jordan Blum – Houston Chronicle) www.houstonchronicle.com
    • Trump Saw Opportunity in Speech on Environment. Critics Saw a ‘“1984” Moment. (Katie Rogers and Coral Davenport – New York Times) www.nytimes.com
  • 7/7/19
    • City council is set to vote on $3.2 billion “capital improvement plan” focused Harvey recovery. (Jasper Scherer – Houston Chronicle) www.houstonchronicle.com
  • 7/5/19
    • Oil eases loss as U.S. employment surge belies economic jitters (Alex Nussbaum & Alex Longley – Houston Chronicle) www.houstonchronicle.com
    • U.S. biofuel quotas would get modest bump under EPA proposal (Jennifer A. Dlouhy and Mario Parker – Bloomberg) www.houstonchronicle.com
    • Illegal dumping called ‘epidemic’ at Sam Houston National Forest (Jose R. Gonzalez – Houston Chronicle) www.houstonchronicle.com
  • 7/4/19
  • 7/3/19
    • Crews clean up small oil spill in Liberty County (Marissa Luck – Houston Chronicle) houstonchronicle.com
  • 7/2/19
    • Qatar announces final $13.7 million in donations of its Harvey fund (Natalie Weber – Houston Chronicle) www.houstonchronicle.com
    • The Houston Audubon Society seeks your nomination for the Bird of Houston (Gary Clark – Houston Chronicle) www.houstonchronicle.com
    • Plastic waste provides chance for startup re:3D to build business, help save the world (Andrea Leinfelder – Houston Chronicle) www.houstonchronicle.com
  • 7/1/19
    • CDC releases warning for ‘crypto’ fecal parasite in swimming pools (Peter Dawson – Houston Chronicle) www.houstonchronicle.com
    • Building LNG-powered ships newest industry along U.S./Mexico border (Sergio Chapa – Houston Chronicle) www.houstonchronicle.com