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.”


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’


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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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