Environmental Headlines for the Houston Region: January 27, 2015

Featured

  1. EPA Regional Haze Hearing: Thank You! (Adrian Shelley – Air Alliance Houston, 1/20/2015)
    “Last week, Air Air Alliance Houston and the Sierra Club joined forces in Austin to attend a public hearing on the EPA’s proposed Regional Haze Rule. Haze is air pollution that affects scenic views in our national parks and wilderness areas. It is caused by air pollutants including sulfur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen oxides (NOx), and particulates. Haze from one state can travel into neighboring states and impact their scenic views as well. Texas is by far the largest contributor to haze in the region. In 2012 Texas emitted 338,853 tons of SO2 pollution–more that twice that of Oklahoma and Arkansas, which combined for 152,599 tons. Much of Texas’ SO2 pollution comes from coal fired power plants, of which there are 19 in Texas.”
    http://airalliancehouston.org
  2. First round of Prop. 1 a boost to suburban freeways (Dug Begley – Houston Chronicle, 1/16/2015)
    “The term “shovel ready,” coined a few years ago during a federal spending spree on roads, is making a comeback in Houston, with regional and state transportation officials planning to spend nearly $279 million on area highways. The quick construction boom, however, won’t have the mega-project panache of a Grand Parkway or light rail line. This time, extra money is likely to mean stretches of suburban freeway some would like to see widened will open up far sooner than anyone expected, and battered highways might get a little maintenance.”
    www.houstonchronicle.com
  3. University Of Houston To Lead Subsea Research Consortium (Laurie Johnson and voiced by Edel Howlin – Houston Public Media, 1/20/2015)
    “The new Subsea Systems Institute is funded partially by penalties paid by BP after the Deepwater Horizon disaster. The new research institute is a joint venture led by UH, and includes Rice University and NASA’s Johnson Space Center, and Texas Southern University, Lone Star College and Houston Community College. Ramanan Krishnamoorti is the chief energy officer at UH. He says the main focus of the research will be how to prevent future oil spills without stifling oil exploration.”
    www.houstonpublicmedia.org

EcoNotes

  • 23 January
    • Recycling: The big picture benefits (Nan Kirlin – Gason Gazette)
      www.gastongazette.com
    • Environmental scientists find antibiotics, bacteria, resistance genes in feedlot dust (John Davis – PHYS Org)
      http://phys.org
    • Lawmakers Consider Boosting Earthquake Research (Jim Malewitz – The Texas Tribune)
      www.texastribune.org
    • Keeping PACE in Texas: Revitalizing Industry, Saving Water, Guiding Better Policy (Breaking Energy)
      http://breakingenergy.com
    • Groundwater Wars Brewing in Austin’s Suburbs (Neena Satija – The Texas Tribune)
      www.texastribune.org
  • 22 January
    • Video: What Low Oil Prices Mean for Houston (Edel Howlin – Houston Public Media)
      www.houstonpublicmedia.org
    • Texas Builder Elected Second Vice Chairman of NAHB (NAHB News)
      www.nahb.org
    • Aquatic Informatics Wins Second EBJ Business Achievement Award (Market Wired)
      www.marketwired.com
  • 21 January
    • Whooper appeal to Supreme Court underway (David Sikes – Corpus Christi Caller Times)
      www.caller.com
    • US Geological Survey to Increase Earthquakes Risk Levels in Texas (Mose Buchele – StateImpact)
      http://stateimpact.npr.org
    • With Keystone In Limbo, Enbridge Pipelines Carry Oil Sands Crude To Houston Refineries (Andrew Schneider – Houston Public Media)
      www.houstonpublicmedia.org
    • Wildland fire response courses offered at Mile High Wildfire Academy (InForney)
      http://inforney.com
    • NOAA Fisheries Requests Applications From Commercial Fishermen in the Gulf of Mexico Fishing Region for Participation in the Atlantic Highly Migratory Species 2015 Shark Research Fishery (NOAA Fisheries)
      www.nmfs.noaa.gov
  • 20 January
    • EPA Regional Haze Hearing: Thank You! (Adrian Shelley – Air Alliance Houston)
      http://airalliancehouston.org
    • University Of Houston To Lead Subsea Research Consortium (Laurie Johnson and voiced by Edel Howlin – Houston Public Media)
      www.houstonpublicmedia.org
    • Wind Or Flooding? Texas Supreme Court Considers What Insurance Should Cover (Dave Fehling – Houston Public Media)
      www.houstonpublicmedia.org
    • Keeping PACE in Texas: Revitalizing Industry, Saving Water, Guiding Better Policy (Kate Zerrenner – EDF News)
      http://blogs.edf.org
    • The Houston Zoo is Protecting African Painted Dogs in the Wild! (Renee Bumpus – Houston Zoo)
      http://blogs.houstonzoo.org
  • 19 January
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  • 17 January
    • What has eight legs and is coming to a school near you? “Awesome Arachnids” from HMNS! (HMNS Blog)
      http://blog.hmns.org
  • 16 January
  • 15 January
    • Armand Bayou Nature Center begins the New Year by getting outdoors (The Pasadena Citizen)
      www.yourhoustonnews.com
    • Irrigation conference educates farmers about water conservation (Drew Powell – Connect Amarillo)
      www.connectamarillo.com
    • State calls on local citizens to help protect Mill Creek (Joe Southern – Sealy News)
      www.sealynews.com
  • 12 January
    • Armand Bayou Nature Center offers various volunteer opportunities (Sara Briggs – Houston Chronicle)
      www.chron.com
    • EPA Toxics Release Inventory Regional Workshop (Brian Butler – AirCurrent News)
      http://airalliancehouston.org

Environmental Headlines for the Houston Region: January 20, 2015

Featured

  1. Newly Acquired Conservation Easement Protects 1,100 Acres in Brazoria County (Trey Bartsch – Galveston Bay Foundation News, 1/13/2015)
    “The Galveston Bay Foundation partnered with a private landowner in Brazoria County to permanently protect a 1,100 acre working farm by purchasing a conservation easement. This easement allows the landowner to continue ongoing farming and ranching operations while restricting future subdivision, development, and other land uses that may have negative environmental impacts. Lone Pine Farm encompasses riparian wetlands, bottomland hardwood forest, native pasture, and prime working agricultural lands within the West Galveston Bay watershed.”
    http://galvbay.org
  2. Most Of Texas Dodges Hottest Year On Earth (Dave Fehling – Houston Public Media, 1/16/2015)
    “If last year didn’t feel like the hottest in Texas, scientists who released the latest temperature data would agree. They found the eastern half of the United States — including most of Texas — actually had slightly below average temperatures. But for just about every place else in the world, 2014 was the hottest ever recorded since 1880. At Rice University, ocean scientist John Anderson says in Texas, what proves global warming is happening isn’t so much the temperatures… Anderson says the science is clear: Humans are causing global warming. But in Texas, state leaders from the governor on down have denied a definitive connection and fought efforts to reduce industrial pollution linked to warming.”
    www.houstonpublicmedia.org
  3. CenterPoint Energy, Trees For Houston partner to give away 2,500 shade trees (The Humble Observer, 1/15/2015)
    “CenterPoint Energy, Arbor Day Foundation and Trees For Houston are once again joining forces to provide the Energy-Saving Trees program, helping consumers reduce energy consumption and potentially save money on their electric bills. Studies have shown that the right trees planted in the right place (not planted under power lines) can reduce electricity use up to 30 percent by providing summer shade and slowing cold winter winds. As part of the program, CenterPoint Energy will offer two free trees per registrant reserved through an online process.
    www.yourhoustonnews.com

EcoNotes

  • 19 January
    • Last year was Earth’s hottest on record, U.S. scientists say(Irene Klotz – Planet Ark News)
      http://planetark.org
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  • 15 January
    • Armand Bayou Nature Center begins the New Year by getting outdoors (The Bay Area Citizen)
      www.yourhoustonnews.com
    • CenterPoint Energy, Trees For Houston partner to give away 2,500 shade trees (The Humble Observer)
      www.yourhoustonnews.com
    • What’s up with Houston’s Swimming Hole? Idea floats to next level with link to quality of life group (Barbara Kuntz – Culture Map Houston)
      http://houston.culturemap.com
    • Texas State Parks Host Arts Workshops Through February (Texas Parks & Wildlife)
      http://tpwd.texas.gov
    • CTWC: Organization Says It’s Time to Rethink Management of State’s Dwindling Water Supplies or Consequences Could be Severe (Houston Business Journal)
      www.bizjournals.com
    • What do Americans think about global warming? (Neela Banerjee – YALE Alumni Magazine)
      www.yalealumnimagazine.com
    • NOAA Fisheries seeks comments on proposed revisions to National Standard guidelines for federal fisheries management (NOAA Fisheries)
      www.fisheries.noaa.gov
  • 14 January
    • Shortfall – How an obscure amendment to the state’s property tax code helps corporations leave counties—and citizens—stretched thin. (Brenda Bell – Texas Observer)
      www.texasobserver.org
    • Plan to cut methane emissions brings quick rebuke from oil, gas industry (Jennifer A. Dlouhy)
      www.expressnews.com
    • Texas Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame To Induct Famed Angler, Conservation Organization (Texas Parks &Wildlife)
      http://tpwd.texas.gov
    • Mother Neff State Park to Showcase New Facilities (Texas Parks & Wildlife)
      http://tpwd.texas.gov
    • Data App: Track Texas Reservoir Levels (Ryan Murphy and Kate Galbraith – The Texas Tribune)
      www.texastribune.org
    • Plants versus ants: voracious vegetation is victorious (Will Dunham – Planet Ark News)
      http://planetark.org
  • 13 January
    • $372.5M in federal funds awarded to conservation projects (John Flsher – Houston Chronicle)
      www.houstonchronicle.com
    • Newly Acquired Conservation Easement Protects 1,100 Acres in Brazoria County (Trey Bartsch – Galveston Bay Foundation News)
      http://galvbay.org
    • Most speakers at hearing don’t trust state to clean Big Bend air (Matthew Tresaugue – Houston Chronicle)
      www.houstonchronicle.com
    • Rosenberg to build water projects to meet state mandates (Mark A. Quick – Houston Chronicle)
      www.chron.com
    • 10 Ways Environmental Racism Is Threatening the Lives of Black People Around the World (Nick Chiles – Atlanta Blackstar)
      http://atlantablackstar.com
    • The Q&A: Greg Flores (Christine Ayala – Trib + Water)
      www.texastribune.org
    • KSQ Architects’ third residence hall in new Texas Christian University development earns LEED Gold (KTUL News)
      www.ktul.com
    • EPA Applauds College Football Playoff National Championship—Green Endeavors (WebWire)
      www.webwire.com
    • Texas plant workers faced toxic gas exposure (Matt McGovern – KGNS)
      www.kgns.tv
    • U.S. aims to cut methane emissions by nearly half (Fuel Fix)
      http://fuelfix.com
  • 12 January
  • 11 January
    • Baytown wins award for nature center wetlands project (Eleska Aubespin – The Baytown Sun)
      http://baytownsun.com
  • 9 January
    • Houston Advanced Research Center set to build new Woodlands campus (Lindsay Peyton – Houston Chronicle)
      www.chron.com
    • Air Alliance Houston Selected to Receive “Gift of Guidance” at the Social Media Breakfast (Sara Heald – Air Alliance Houston)
      http://airalliancehouston.org
    • Nebraska ruling on Keystone, House vote put new pressure on Obama (Express News)
      www.expressnews.com
    • Southeast Region Electronic Monitoring and Reporting Implementation Plan Available for Public Comment (South Atlantic Fishery Management Council)
      www.safmc.net
  • 8 January
    • Marvin Nichols Reservoir Stays in State Plan (Neena Satija – The Texas Tribune)
      www.texastribune.org
    • Marvin Nichols Reservoir Stays in State Plan (Neena Satija – Trib + Water)
      www.texastribune.org
  • 6 January
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  • 24 December
    • Disappearing Rio Grande: A Look Back at 10 Stories (Jessi Loerch and Ryan Murphy – Trib + Water)
      www.texastribune.org