Environmental Headlines for the Houston Region: August 27, 2019
King, Buzbee unveil flood plans, Turner touts ‘green’ development incentives
(Houston Chronicle, Jasper Scherer, Updated 08/19/19. Photo by Karen Warren.)
“We’re never going to solve flooding entirely because of our topography and because of the changing climate, but we can do something to better manage it,” King said.
The transparent, incremental approach has pleased coastal residents, particularly after the initial backlash to the Corps’ original proposal last year.
Tony Buzbee, a trial lawyer also running for mayor, released his own flood control plan Monday on the Big Jolly Times, a conservative blog. In his plan, Buzbee proposed:
reducing the amount of drainage fees businesses pay if they make flood mitigation improvements;
Doctors unaware of where their patients live impacts care
(Houston Chronicle, Todd Ackerman, Updated 08/13/19. Photo by Brett Coomer.)
“Family physicians have little idea where their patients actually live, according to a new study, and that’s a major shortcoming given recent evidence showing the health impact of a person’s environment.
“The idea of thinking about where patients live is radical because we’re not trained to ask for that information,” Dr. Winston Liaw, chair of the department of health systems and population health at UH’s College of Medicine, said in a statement. “We need to get providers to integrate geography into their practice data and get them thinking about the health needs of specific communities,” Liaw said. “
Industry-led initiative’s data shows progress in tackling emissions
(Houston Chronicle, Matthew Todd and Vanessa Ryan, Updated 08/15/19. Photo by Carolyn Van Houten .)
“America’s natural gas and oil companies are executing multiple initiatives to reduce our environmental footprint while meeting demand for affordable energy. The trends are positive … In Texas, methane emissions relative to production in the Eagle Ford basin have been reduced by 65 percent while production has increased 130 percent …
The Environmental Partnership, launched one year ago, harnesses those individual environmental efforts into one groundbreaking collaborative project.
- King, Buzbee unveil flood plans, Turner touts ‘green’ development incentives (Jasper Scherer – Houston Chronicle) www.houstonchronicle.com
- Here’s how emissions could rise under the methane rule (Jean Chemnick – E&E News) www.eenews.net
- Texas, Oklahoma Want More Say in Handling Fracking Wastewater (Paul Stinson – Bloomberg Environment) news.bloombergenvironment.com
- Plastic bags are killing horses and cows across the state. What’s Texas to do? (Lara Korte – The Texas Tribune) www.texastribune.org
- Street shepherds: Community advocates work to clean up area thoroughfare (Adam Zuvanich – The Leader News) www.theleadernews.com
- Company’s failure reveals biggest challenge for power grid (Chris Tomlinson – Houston Chronicle) www.houstonchronicle.com
- EPA moves to speed up pipeline reviews (James Osborne – Houston Chronicle) www.houstonchronicle.com
- One Houston neighborhood is putting Texas’ air quality rules to the test. They’re losing. (Erin Douglas – Houston Chronicle) www.houstonchronicle.com
- The Ike Dike debate continues (Charles Kuffner – Off the Kuff) www.offthekuff.com
- Gulf Coast group aims to keep bad boating behavior at bay (Shannon Tompkins – San Antonio Express-News) www.expressnews.com
- Texas sues Exxon Mobil over environmental violations from Baytown fire (Perla Trevizo and Marissa Luck – Houston Chronicle) www.houstonchronicle.com
- Use new app to measure your carbon footprint (Tracy Maness – Houston Chronicle) www.chron.com