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].

The Okjökull glacier in the process of melting.

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

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


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