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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Environment

Former TCEQ Employee Files Race and Age Discrimination Lawsuit Against Agency

Shiyan Jiang, who worked at TCEQ for 23 years, says he was repeatedly passed over for promotions and assignments given to younger, white employees.

On April 29, 2016, Shiyan Jiang learned he was being fired from his job at the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. Jiang, then 71, had been a hydrologist at the agency for more than 20 years, and he’d never received … Read More

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The Making of the ‘Magic Valley’

Shallow Waters Shallow Waters is a nine-part series on border water and climate change. Part 6 The Making of the ‘Magic Valley’ How Anglos came to control agriculture in the heavily Latino Rio Grande Valley. by Naveena Sadasivam August 21, … Read More

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Bordering on Empty

Shallow Waters Shallow Waters is a nine-part series on border water and climate change. Part 5 Bordering on Empty The Rio Grande is one of the most endangered rivers in the world. The Rio Grande Valley is one of the … Read More

Environment

Climate Change is Making Texas Summers Worse. Here’s Who That Hurts the Most.

Outdoor workers and the most vulnerable Texans — the poor, disabled and elderly — are feeling the brunt of this summer’s punishing heat.

Climate Change is Making Texas Summers Worse. Here’s Who That Hurts the Most. Outdoor workers and the most vulnerable Texans — the poor, disabled and elderly — are feeling the brunt of this summer’s punishing heat. – by Sophie Novack, … Read More

Environment

Trump’s Border Wall Could Decimate These Rare Species

Shallow Waters Shallow Waters is a nine-part series on border water and climate change. Part 3 Trump’s Border Wall Could Decimate These Rare Species From the jaguarundi to the Mexican long-nosed bat, plants and animals in the Texas-Mexico borderlands face … Read More

Environment

Shallow Waters

This nine-part collaboration between the Texas Observer and Quartz explores the complexities of border water in a hotter, drier world. The Rio Grande Valley of Texas is one of the fastest-growing places in the United States. Already hot and arid, and growing … Read More

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Border Patrol’s Efforts to Inform the Public About Trump’s Wall Are ‘Careless’ and ‘Inadequate,’ Advocates Say

Environmental and human rights groups say the agency should send notices in Spanish and hold at least three public forums in the Rio Grande Valley.

More than 40 conservation and human rights groups are calling for increased public participation as the Trump administration moves forward with its plan to build 33 miles of border wall in the Rio Grande Valley. In a letter sent to … Read More

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