Naveena Sadasivam

Naveena Sadasivam is a staff writer covering the environment, energy and climate change at the Observer. Prior to joining the Observer, she wrote about the coal industry for InsideClimate News and fracking for ProPublica. At ProPublica, she was part of a team that reported on the water woes of the West, a project that was a 2016 Pulitzer Prize finalist for national reporting. She has a degree in chemical engineering and a master’s in environmental and science reporting from New York University and is currently an Ida B. Wells fellow at The Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute. You can contact her at [email protected] and follow her work on Twitter.

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by | Wed, Feb 21, 2018 at 5:00 am CST
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Reporter’s Notebook: How I Got the Story

In the spring of 2016, a mutual friend introduced me to a former Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) employee. The ex-staffer had recently quit their job at the agency in part because of the way it treated small business … Read More

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Too Big To Fine, Too Small To Fight Back

Too Big To Fine, Too Small To Fight Back Texas’ environmental agency targets small business owners for minor recordkeeping violations, while letting the corporate polluters off easy. by Naveena Sadasivam @NaveenaSivam February 21, 2018 لقراءة هذه القصة باللغة العربية، انقر … Read More

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Selling Out or a Smart Strategy? A Fight Brews Over Democratic Values in Congressional District 21

In a gerrymandered district that leans Republican, Democratic candidates are clashing over the best strategy to win without compromising progressive values.

At a recent Democratic candidate forum in Bandera, congressional hopefuls in south-central Texas’ 21st District were asked about border security. Joseph Kopser, a tech entrepreneur and Iraq War veteran, surprised some attendees with his answer. “It is not just a … Read More


In the Texas Legislature, Sexual Harassment Complaints are Rarely Filed, Haphazardly Maintained and Then Destroyed

Despite the Legislature’s reputation for sexism and sexual harassment, there are no official complaints on record in either chamber. What’s happening to allegations?

Late last year, amid a national reckoning over sexual misconduct in politics, media and entertainment, reports surfaced of a pervasive culture of sexual harassment at the Texas Capitol. The problem has been widespread and women appear to have such little … Read More


Texan Kathleen Hartnett White Too Extreme for Trump Administration

Senate Democrats vowed to give the Trump administration a fight over her nomination.

After a long and contentious U.S. Senate confirmation process, Kathleen Hartnett White has been kicked to the curb. White, it appears, has proven too extreme even for the Trump administration. More than 80 days after White was nominated, the White … Read More

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2017 Was Texas’ Second-Warmest Year on Record

The average temperature in Texas last year was 2.8 degrees Fahrenheit above average.

At least the summer wasn’t too brutal. Other than a merely somewhat-above-average summer, 2017 proved to be another record-breaking year of weather extremes in Texas. We hardly had a winter, with the warmest February on record. That month, 42 weather stations … Read More


The Texas House’s Sexual Harassment Training Video is Short, Legalistic and Will Likely Be Ineffective

Research shows that in order to be effective, sexual harassment training must be longer than four hours and involve face-to-face interaction.

After reports surfaced in November that women have for years endured sexual harassment in the Texas Capitol, leaders in the House promised, among other actions, to provide sexual harassment training to legislators and their staff. We’ve got the training, and … Read More


Almost 25,000 Texans Are Drinking Tap Water With High Levels of Radium

A new report finds that 38 utilities in Texas are supplying water with radium levels above the legal limit.

Water in the small Central Texas town of Brady has the highest radium levels in the state — almost double the legal limit set by the EPA, according to a new report. But Kim Lenoir, the city manager in charge … Read More


Latest Texan to Join Trump’s EPA is Still Deciding if She Believes in Climate Change

Anne Idsal, a 34-year-old Baylor graduate whose family has long worked in GOP politics, said she’s unsure of the extent that humans impact climate change.

When the Trump administration announced the appointment of Anne Idsal as the new regional EPA administrator, Adrian Shelley, the director of Public Citizen Texas, had just one thought: Who? “That name meant nothing to me,” said Shelley, who has worked … Read More