Naveena Sadasivam

Naveena Sadasivam is a staff writer covering the environment, energy and climate change at Grist. She previously covered environmental issues at the Texas Observer, InsideClimate News and 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 was a 2017 Ida B. Wells fellow at Type Investigations. You can contact her at [email protected] and follow her work on Twitter.


Shallow Waters

This nine-part collaboration between the Texas Observer and Quartz explores the complexities of border water in a hotter, drier world.

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


As Development Transforms the Hill Country, a Sand Mining Operation Worries Residents

A local dispute over a company’s proposal to dredge 900,000 tons of river sand is the latest sign of rampant growth in the Hill Country.

Nowhere else on the planet is quite like the Texas Hill Country. The 17-county region is home to more than a dozen endangered species and the largest bat colony on the globe. Tourists flock to the area’s verdant countryside and … Read More

Latricia Jones and her 2-year-old son Dre'vyon in their neighborhood

After Decades of Living with Pollution, Relocation Program Offers Corpus Christi Residents a Way Out

For decades, residents of Hillcrest were exposed to chemicals from nearby Refinery Row. With “mixed feelings,” residents are now moving out of the neighborhood.

For decades, the residents of Hillcrest — a poor, primarily Hispanic and black neighborhood on the north side of Corpus Christi — have been dealt blow after blow. In 1952, when Hillcrest and the adjacent Washington-Coles community were the only … Read More

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Texas Legislature

In a Blow to Local Government, Texas Supreme Court Strikes Down Plastic Bag Ordinances

The plastic bag bans helped reduce litter, protected wildlife and cattle and made stormwater management easier, environmental advocates say.

Are you a Texan who hates having to take reusable shopping bags on your grocery run? Rejoice, for your time has come. After a new Texas Supreme Court ruling, your store could soon be stocked with all the plastic bags … Read More

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Sinking Land and Climate Change Are Worsening Tidal Floods on the Texas Coast

More than 10,000 homes along the Texas coast will flood at least 26 times a year by 2045, researchers say.

For many folks who call the Texas Gulf Coast home, the coming and going of the tides is just part of the rhythms of salt life. There are high tides and there are low tides, and occasionally “king tides” that … Read More


No Resolution in Sight For Ranchers and Farmers Fighting Over San Saba River

The prolonged battle has highlighted a major flaw in Texas water management: State policies mostly don’t recognize the connection between surface water and groundwater.

Why is a 40-mile stretch of the San Saba river running dry during the summers? That was the central question at a Texas House Natural Resources Committee hearing in Brady on Wednesday. As the Observer first reported last year, a … Read More

Texas Legislature

Five Months After Sexual Misconduct Allegations Surface, Still No Changes to Senate Policy

Senator Lois Kolkhorst, who has been tasked with developing the new policy, said it will be released in the “near future.”

In the weeks after multiple allegations of sexual misconduct were made against two Texas senators last year, their colleagues called for “zero tolerance” and said changes “must happen now.” Five months later, lawmakers still haven’t updated the Senate’s 23-year-old, one-page … Read More