Environmental Headlines for the Houston Region: January 20, 2022

Farmers find ‘kink in armor’ in fight against proposed landfill

(Houston Chronicle, Emily Foxhall, Updated 01/16/22. Photo by Elizabeth Conley.)

“Weldon received a letter in December saying state environmental regulators had tentatively OK’d the project to go next to his land. He’d been fighting it for months, fearing the landfill would contaminate his well water….”

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Surfside Beach builds dunes with Christmas trees

(Houston Chronicle, John Tedesco, Updated 01/16/22. Photo by Mark Mulligan.)

“The tree branches create baby dunes by trapping loose sand. As the dunes grow and coastal grasses take root on top of them, the trees decompose and nourish the grass, which helps ensure that the dunes don’t blow away.”

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Solar power comes to some renters

(Houston Chronicle, Shelby Webb, Updated 01/14/22. Photo by Lori Van Buren/ Albany Times Union file photo.)

“Some renters in Montrose soon will be able to plug in to an electrical grid powered by solar panels atop their apartment buildings — just like homeowners who pay for the pricey rooftop equipment.”

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Environmental Headlines for the Houston Region: January 13, 2022

Why hasn’t Harvey aid reached those in need?

(Houston Chronicle, Emily Foxhall and R.A. Schuetz, Updated 01/11/22. Photo by Yi-Chin Lee.)

“Houston was slow to distribute Harvey funding… there was so much back-and-forth between the Democrat led city and the Republican-led Texas General Land Office over how programs should be run.”

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Cleanup efforts begin after storms rock area

(Houston Chronicle, Paul Takahashi, Updated 01/10/22. Photo by Jason Fochtman.)

“The National Weather Service confirmed a tornado with winds up to 85 mph touched down in the vicinity of the airport. Hobley’s home suffered minor damage in comparison to her neighbors’

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New groundwater rules could sink homes in the woodlands by a foot

(Houston Chronicle, Emily Foxhall, Updated 01/06/22. Photo by Jon Shapley.)

“It’s much cheaper to pull water up from underground because it doesn’t need to be treated as heavily. But if too much is pumped, the water can get harder to reach and the ground can sink. How much is too much…”

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Environmental Headlines for the Houston Region: January 4, 2022

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Food independence soon may grow from NASA tech [Front Page] (Andrea Leinfelder – Houston Chronicle, 01/02/22) houstonchronicle.com

“The towers — which look like big shelving units — are made of high-density polyethylene and aluminum. Instead of using soil, the roots hang in a bag and are sprayed with a water-nutrients mixture that’s the density of fog.”

Solar set to double footprint in Texas, grow worldwide (Shelby Webb – Houston Chronicle 12/31/21) houstonchronicle.com

“It is incredibly exciting to see the state of Texas, which has been the national leader in wind energy since 2005, now also helping lead the way in solar power generation,”

It’s beginning to look a lot like… summer? (Emily Foxhall – Houston Chronicle, 12/24/21) houstonchronicle.com

“Average temperatures measured at George Bush Intercontinental Airport over the first 20 days of the month were the warmest since the National Weather Service began keeping records around 1889, local meteorologist Jimmy Fowler said.”

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