Amal Ahmed

Amal Ahmed is the summer 2019 editorial fellow at the Texas Observer, reporting on climate and the environment. Originally from Dallas, she has a journalism degree from Northwestern University and previously spent a year at the Atlantic as an editorial fellow on the family and education desk.

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Environment

Can a $2.5 Billion Bond Deal Fix Harris County’s Inequitable Flood Control?

The uneven patchwork of drainage infrastructure in Harris County means that some of Houston’s poorest neighborhoods are still waiting for basic flood protections.

When Raul bought his home in 1999, he had no way of knowing that just two years later, Tropical Storm Allison, as it inundated Houston with more than 30 inches of rain, would submerge his street in a northeastern neighborhood … Read More

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Environment

Whiplash Weather in the Valley Brings Fears of Flood, Drought, and Wildfires

Parts of the Rio Grande saw major flooding early this summer. But it’s not enough to stave off talk of drought.

It’s a tired Texas truism: If you don’t like the weather, wait a minute. In mid-July, morning temperatures in the Dallas-Fort Worth area fell to 67 degrees, almost breaking a record low set more than 100 years ago. Earlier this … Read More

The Okjökull glacier in the process of melting.
Environment

If a Glacier Melts in the Arctic, the Texas Coast Feels It

A Q&A with the two Rice University anthropologists who will dedicate the world’s first memorial to a glacier lost to climate change.

One of the many casualties of unchecked climate change is Arctic ice. Each year, the ice seasonally melts, but it has recently been receding faster in the summer than it can refreeze in winter. This rapid disappearance has accelerated sea … Read More

transmission lines
Books

Without Transmission Lines, Renewable Energy Still has a Long Way to Go — Literally

In Superpower, author Russell Gold tells the story of a Houston businessman’s ambitious plan to transform the electric grid.

If you want to understand the future of renewable energy, look to Texas. That’s the argument Russell Gold makes in his new book Superpower: One Man’s Quest to Transform American Energy. Texas is a global wind powerhouse, producing far more … Read More

nurdles
Environment

Nurdle by Nurdle, Citizens Took on A Billion-Dollar Plastic Company — and Won

A federal judge ruled that a “serial” polluter in Lavaca Bay can face more than $100 million in penalties.

A federal judge ruled last Thursday that Formosa Plastics, a petrochemical company outside Port Lavaca, can be held liable for violating state and federal water pollution laws. According to a lawsuit filed in 2017, the company violated its environmental permits … Read More

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