Environmental Headlines for the Houston Region: April 15, 2020

Photo: Karen Warren/ Houston Chronicle, Staff photographer. Photo accompanied item on 4/13/20, below.
  • 4/15/20
    • Reimagine public participation during stay-at-home [Opinion] (Amanda Timm; Frances Valdez, Houston in Action; Oni Blair, LINK Houston – Houston Chronicle) houstonchronicle.com
  • 4/14/20
    • ‘Unbelievable’ Timing: As Coronavirus Rages, Trump Disregards Advice to Tighten Clean Air Rules (Coral Davenport, New York Times, republished in Houston Chronicle 4/15/20) nytimes.com
  • 4/13/20
    • Injured wildlife finding help from quarantined residents [Front Page] (Rebecca Hennes – Houston Chronicle) houstonchronicle.com
  • 4/12/20
    • Cynthia Lee Rowan Taylor [Obituary] houstonchronicle.comNote: Mrs. Taylor was one of the founders of CEC and was passionate about environmental activism, active with many local environmental organizations.
  • 4/10/20
    • Dirtying up clean energy (James Osborne – Houston Chronicle) houstonchronicle.com
    • Curbing rush hour isn’t reducing air pollution in some parts of Houston (Dug Begley – Houston Chronicle) houstonchronicle.com
  • 4/9/20
    • We really just want to breathe clean air [Opinion] (Bridgette Murray, Achieving Community Tasks Successfully, and Elena Craft, Environmental Defense Fund – Houston Chronicle) houstonchronicle.com
    • Downtown shuttle may be parked for good (Dug Begley – Houston Chronicle) houstonchronicle.com
  • 4/8/20
    • When oil interests, climate advocates overlap [Opinion] (Larry Shapiro, Rockefeller Family Fund – Houston Chronicle) houstonchronicle.com
  • 4/7/20
    • Oil Companies Are Collapsing, but Wind and Solar Energy Keep Growing (Coral Davenport, New York Times , republished in Houston Chronicle 4/12/20) nytimes.com
    • New Research Links Air Pollution to Higher Coronavirus Death Rates (Lisa Freidman, New York Times, republished in Houston Chronicle 4/8/20) nytimes.com

Environmental Headlines for the Houston Region: April 4, 2020

Godofredo A. Vásquez, Houston Chronicle photographer
  • 4/2/20
    • Stop blaming bats for coronavirus [Opinion] (Merlin Tuttle, Bat Conservation International – Houston Chronicle) houstonchronicle.com
    • Cleaner air a silver lining of pandemic [Front Page] (James Osborne – Houston Chronicle) houstonchronicle.com
  • 4/1/20
    • Crisis is not free pass to pollute our planet [Opinion] (Robin Schneider, Texas Campaign for the Environment – Houston Chronicle) houstonchronicle.com
    • Quarantined in a property that flooded? Coronavirus compounds risks from Harvey, Imelda [Opinion] (Ben Lacy Hirsch, West Street Recovery – Houston Chronicle) houstonchronicle.com
    • Disease expert: You can go outside, but still practice social distancing (Julie Garcia – Houston Chronicle) houstonchronicle.com
  • 3/31/20
    • Oysters in Galveston Bay are on the rebound. Will it stay that way? [Front Page] (Nick Powell – Houston Chronicle) houstonchronicle.com
    • Fill out the census today (The Editorial Board – Houston Chronicle) houstonchronicle.com
  • 3/30/20
    • Oil has a new best friend: government (Rob Gavin – Houston Chronicle)
      “If the government, federal or state, is going to take steps to help the oil industry, whether through crude purchases, low interest loans, subsidies or regulation — the industry needs to reciprocate…. Stop flaring. Reduce emissions. Invest more in protecting communities from exploding chemical plants.Take climate change seriously and spend more money — much more — to accelerate the energy transition needed to prevent, or at least mitigate, the looming environmental catastrophe.”
  • 3/29/20
    • Metro delays projects’ next steps (Dug Begley – Houston Chronicle) houstonchronicle.com (published online 3/24/20)
    • Walking — the original social distancing activity (Julie Garcia – Houston Chronicle) houstonchronicle.com (Originally published online 3/19/20)
  • 3/28/20
    • White House to relax auto pollution rules (Coral Davenport – New York Times) nytimes.com (Republished in the Houston Chronicle 3/31/20)
    • Houston mayor threatens to fence off playgrounds, basketball courts for social distancing (Sergio Chapa – Houston Chronicle) houstonchronicle.com
    • Firefighters battle large grass fire on Galveston Island’s East Beach (Sergio Chapa – Houston Chronicle) houstonchronicle.com
  • 3/27/20
    • Modernizing the electrical grid and energy infrastructure can propel an economic recovery [Opinion] (David Foster – Houston Chronicle) houstonchronicle.com
  • 3/23/20
    • Westchase wants to put bayou bike trail connection, a first in Houston, on the map [Front Page] (Dug Begley – Houston Chronicle) houstonchronicle.com

Environmental Headlines for the Houston Region: September 16, 2019

Harris County sues Houston refinery over recent toxic gas release

(Houston Chronicle, Perla Trevizo, Updated 09/13/19. Photo by Michael Ciaglo.)

“A Houston refinery is facing its second environmental lawsuit in as many years after releasing more than 320,000 pounds of toxic gases last week …

Short-term exposure to sulfur dioxide can harm the respiratory system, making it difficult to breathe, especially for vulnerable populations such as children or people with asthma. And hydrogen sulfide is an extremely hazardous gas that could be deadly in large concentrations. And although 300,000 pounds, the amount of last week’s release, is considered a large one, it is not the company’s biggest.”


Houston Botanic Garden’s edible ‘rooms’ will lead visitors around the world in an acre

(Houston Chronicle, Molly Glentzer, Updated 09/12/19. Photo by Jon Shapley.)

“Construction is underway to create an entrance from Park Place and transform the heart of the 132-acre site … Several feature areas, each a different kind of living laboratory, will fill the curvy island.

While the 3-acre Global Garden highlights an array of plants from around the world, with a focus on conservation, the 1-acre Edible Garden will celebrate Houston’s cultural diversity in ways that inspire local vegetable, fruit and herb growers — even those who have less than an acre to play with and are blessed (or cursed, depending on one’s point of view) with shade.”


Trump administration rolls back clean-water rule for streams and wetlands

(Houston Chronicle, Perla Trevizo, Updated 09/16/19. Photo by Brandon Thibodeaux.)

“The Trump administration on Thursday rolled back an Obama-era clean water rule, a move that won’t directly affect major waterways like the Houston Ship Channel but that some environmentalists contend will put wetlands in the region’s coastal prairies and more than 140,000 miles of streams at risk.

“It is unconscionable that we’re jeopardizing the drinking water of one in three Americans — not to mention damaging the waters where we swim and fish and that wildlife calls home,” said Anna Farrell-Sherman with Environment Texas.”


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