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With Coal Plants Offline, the Air in Central and East Texas Has Cleared

by | Fri, Feb 14, 2020 at 17:16 CST
After three plants shut down in late 2017, legal air pollution in Texas fell by 150,000 tons.
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Floodplain Maps Are Outdated. This Scientist Wants to Change That.

More than half of FEMA’s flood maps rely on decades-old data. Now, a group of Texas researchers is tackling the problem with a $3 million grant and crowdsourced data.

Talk to any scientist long enough, and eventually they’ll bring up an old aphorism: all models are wrong, but some are useful. Even with better data, and more...Read More

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More Highways, More Problems

Highway expansion is the Lone Star State’s status-quo solution to easing traffic—but it actually leads to more congestion and displaced communities.

Bruce Elementary School sits in the shadow of one of Houston’s countless towering, concrete overpasses. From the playground, the sound of cars zooming past an...Read More

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Climate Change Will Drive Up Energy Use in Texas and Beyond

A new study found that global energy demand could rise by as much as 58 percent in the next 30 years due to climate change. But Texas’ electric grid doesn’t exactly account for this climate impact.

When the summer heat peaks in Texas, the familiar hum of air conditioners across the state grows a little louder, and the demand for electricity on the state’...Read More

Native milkweed plants nurtured by Barbara Keller-Willy are close to dispersing seeds. The green seed pods aren't ready yet. by

The Butterfly Effect

As monarch populations continue to decline, a grassroots movement of native milkweed stewards is emerging across Texas.

As monarch populations continue to decline, a grassroots movement of native milkweed stewards is emerging across Texas. by Lindsay Stafford Mader August 12, 201...Read More

The Okjökull glacier in the process of melting. by

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 summe...Read More

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