Amal Ahmed

Amal Ahmed is a general assignment reporter at the Texas Observer. Originally from Dallas, she has a journalism degree from Northwestern University and previously worked at The Atlantic and Texas Monthly. You can contact her at [email protected].
Colorful sponges and bright green algae adorn the cap of Bright Bank, near the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary.
Environment

A Coral Reef Sanctuary in the Gulf of Mexico Could Triple in Size

The federally protected marine sanctuary has kept three major reefs safe from encroaching offshore oil drilling and commercial fishing.

One hundred miles southeast of Galveston’s muddy shoreline, the Gulf of Mexico becomes a dazzling, vibrant blue. Deep below the surface, salt domes protrude from the seafloor and some of the healthiest coral reefs in the world have formed on … Read More

For years, Marsha Jackson has lived next door to Shingle Mountain, an illegal dump consisting of hundreds of tons of roof shingles.
Environment

Marsha Jackson Is Trying to Move Shingle Mountain

The illegal dump is southern Dallas’ most visible environmental justice crisis. It’s far from the only one.

Marsha Jackson Is Trying to Move Shingle Mountain The illegal dump is southern Dallas’ most visible environmental justice crisis. It’s far from the only one. By Amal Ahmed August 25, 2020 On hot, humid days, when the wind blows over … Read More

Environment

A New Study Finds a Link Between Flaring and an Increase in Premature Births

In the Eagle Ford Shale, a study found that pregnant, Latina women were more likely than white women to give birth prematurely.

When the fracking boom came to the Eagle Ford Shale, it brought billions of dollars of investment and tax revenue to the rural, sparsely populated swath of South Texas that stretches from the borderlands near Laredo to the northeast toward … Read More

Amid concerns of the spread of COVID-19, a small group prays inside an empty mosque before an Eid al-Fitr celebration in Plano, Texas, Sunday, May 24, 2020. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
Civil Rights, News

Muslim Activists Say It’s Time to Join Black Lives Matter Calls to Reform Law Enforcement

A Dallas mosque’s decision to partner with law enforcement during a nation-wide reckoning on the role of policing fits into a broader hesitation from Muslim communities to jeopardize relationships with police departments.

Muslim Activists Say It’s Time to Join Black Lives Matter Calls to Reform Law Enforcement A Dallas mosque’s decision to partner with law enforcement during a nationwide reckoning on the role of policing fits into a broader hesitation from Muslim … Read More

Environment

In Houston’s Fifth Ward, the Storm Never Stops

Residents in this historically Black community are especially vulnerable to COVID-19 and woefully unprepared to recover from the next hurricane.

Joetta Stevenson is no stranger to disaster. When Hurricane Harvey pummeled southeast Texas with more than 50 inches of rain in 2017, she watched the flood waters in parts of her Houston neighborhood turn intersections into rivers. Stevenson’s home was … Read More

Flooding in Port Arthur during Hurricane Harvey.
Texas Politics

The Next Census Could Determine the Future of Port Arthur

If a city’s population drops below 50,000, it’s no longer considered an urban area. This different designation means it could lose some of the federal dollars directed toward larger metropolitan areas.

The 2020 census will almost certainly reshape the face of politics and power in Texas. State legislative districts, as well as their congressional counterparts, will be redrawn; federal dollars for everything from highways and wastewater services to Medicare and food … Read More

implementing a Green New Deal will be outrageously expensive and enormously disruptive, but given the significantly-higher-than-cheeseburger stakes, we can’t afford not to.
Environment

The Green New Deal Can Exist in Texas

The state has already shown what can be accomplished when renewable energy is prioritized. Now, Texans want to take action. Do lawmakers?

The Green New Deal Can Exist in Texas The state has already shown what can be accomplished when renewable energy is prioritized. Now, Texans want to take action. Do lawmakers? * by Amal Ahmed September 19, 2019 An unexpected thing … Read More

June 2016 feature, Quintana, Freeport LNG, seagull
Environment

How BP Oil Spill Fines Could Help Protect the Texas Coast

Other states were harder hit by the spill, but Texas is still receiving millions of dollars that can be used for vital restoration and conservation efforts.

Nine years after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill—one of the largest environmental disasters in U.S. history—recovery funds are still trickling in to rebuild and restore the Texas Gulf Coast. Last week, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) held a … Read More

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