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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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

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No Texas Senator Has Called for the Resignation of Two Colleagues Accused of Sexual Misconduct

The reticence of many to respond strongly against these allegations is likely in part because more senators hold secrets of their own, a political scientist said.

“Bitch, you want to fuck with me tonight?” state Representative Borris Miles allegedly asked a legislative intern in 2013, flashing a wad of cash at her outside a bar in South Austin. “I can tell you’re wearing a thong, is … Read More


Texas-Bred Anti-Environmentalists Find New Power in Trump Administration

Doug Domenech, Kathleen Hartnett White and Susan Combs have ties to the Texas Public Policy Foundation and have been picked for prominent positions in the Trump administration.

At a climate conference in Washington, D.C., about a month after the presidential election, Brooke Rollins was in a celebratory mood. “We are winning, and a couple of years ago, it didn’t seem possible,” she said. “Most people thought it … Read More


Committee Approves New Sexual Harassment Policy for Texas House

The new policy is the first major change the state has made amid a national wave of sexual harassment allegations that have toppled powerful men in politics, entertainment and media.

A Texas House committee unanimously adopted a policy Friday aimed at increasing protection for sexual harassment victims, requiring new training for lawmakers, staff and interns and clarifying the official complaint process. The policy update comes after news reports that women … Read More


Kathleen Hartnett White Now a Senate Vote Away from Shaping Federal Environmental Policy

Democrats on the committee blasted her for her past comments on climate change and renewables and said she was “completely unqualified” for the position.

A U.S. Senate committee voted along party lines Wednesday to advance Kathleen Hartnett White’s nomination to the Council on Environmental Quality to the full Senate, putting her one step away from coordinating environmental policy for the Trump administration. White’s nomination … Read More