Environmental Headlines for the Houston Region: November 18, 2014

Featured

  1. U.S. and China Reach Agreement on Climate After Months of Talks
    China and the United States made common cause on Wednesday against the threat of climate change, staking out an ambitious joint plan to curb carbon emissions as a way to spur nations around the world to make their own cuts in greenhouse gases.The landmark agreement, jointly announced here by President Obama and President Xi Jinping, includes new targets for carbon emissions reductions by the United States and a first-ever commitment by China to stop its emissions from growing by 2030.
    www.nytimes.com
  2. In Houston, better air isn’t good air (Adrian Shelley – Trib Talk, 11/6/2014)
    Here’s the good news: Air quality in Houston is improving. 2014 will be the best ozone season in Houston since our city claimed the title of worst air in the nation nearly 20 years ago… But recent improvements in air quality shouldn’t overshadow the work that still needs to be done. The oil and gas industry is using a good ozone season to tout a problematic message: There are no more air pollution problems in Houston, so we should all stop worrying about it.
    http://tribtalk.org
  3. What New Master Plan Means For Houston’s Memorial Park Trails (Dave Fehling – Houston Public Media, 11/11/2014)
    A huge makeover is in the works for Houston’s Memorial Park. But bikers and runners who venture into its dense forest to use a network of remote trails worry what the changes will mean. The park on Houston’s west side covers 1,500 acres and is cut in half by busy Memorial Drive. The majority of park users are on the north side running, golfing, playing tennis or swimming. The south side is — in more ways than one — the wild side. It’s a dense forest criss-crossed by miles of dirt trails.
    www.houstonpublicmedia.org
  4. Settlements reached in Texas river pollution case (Beaumont Enterprise, 11/14/2014)
    Two of three businesses targeted by Harris County prosecutors in a lawsuit over polluting the San Jacinto River with poisonous paper-mill waste have agreed to pay $29 million to the county and state. The county on Thursday resolved its claims against McGinnes Industrial Maintenance Corp. and Houston-based Waste Management Inc… Prosecutors have argued the businesses were responsible for the release of carcinogenic chemicals from three paper-mill disposal pits near the river between 1973 and 2008.
    www.beaumontenterprise.com

EcoNotes

  • 14 November
  • 13 November
    • Settlements, split verdict yield murky result in waste pit case (Matthew Tresaugue – Houston Chronicle)
      www.houstonchronicle.com
    • A Green paradise: Memorial Park’s $100 million makeover promises to be a dream for bikers and walkers (Barbara Kuntz – CultureMap Houston)
      http://houston.culturemap.com
    • Texas State Parks Finally Flaunting Their Fall Foliage (Texas Parks & Wildlife)
      www.tpwd.state.tx.us
    • NOAA Fisheries Reopens the Public Comment Period on the Proposed Rule for the Aquaculture Plan for Federal Waters of the Gulf of Mexico (Southeast Fishery Bulletin)
      http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov
  • 12 November
  • 11 November
  • 10 November
    • Oceanic dead-zones are only getting worse with warming (James Maynard – Tech Times)
      www.techtimes.com
    • Will Prop 1 Money Help Ease Houston’s Freeway Congestion? (Gail Delaughter – Houston Public Media)
      www.houstonpublicmedia.org
    • Dead zones are coming for your rivers, lakes, and oceans (Liz Core – Grist)
      http://grist.org
    • Will Big, New Power Line Make Electricity Cheaper in Houston? (Dave Fehling – Houston Public Media)
      www.houstonpublicmedia.org
    • Fracking Has Amazing Benefits. So Why Did This Texas Town Just Ban It? (The Daily Signal)
      http://dailysignal.com
    • Dobie Aquatic Science class joins Galveston Bay Foundation program (The Pasadena Citizen)
      www.yourhoustonnews.com
    • What’s more likely to kill you: A car crash or vehicle emissions? (Eric Jaffe – Grist)
      http://grist.org
    • Texas official ignores voters’ ban on fracking (Sara Bernard – Grist)
      http://grist.org
  • 9 November
    • How to protect our city against storms? First, make it lovable. (John S. Jacob, special to the Houston Chronicle – Houston Chronicle)
      www.houstonchronicle.com
  • 8 November
  • 7 November
  • 6 November
    • Water Project Funds Ready to Flow — Almost (Neena Satija – The Texas Tribune)
      www.texastribune.org
    • In Houston, better air isn’t good air (Adrian Shelley – Trib Talk)
      http://tribtalk.org
    • Which Houston Area Roads Will Be Repaired Next? (Steve Champion)
      http://abc13.com
  • 4 November
    • Editorial: Respect the trees (Houston Chronicle)
      www.chron.com
    • Cy-Fair chamber forum focuses on mobility funding issues (Bryan Kirk – Houston Chronicle)
      www.chron.com
  • 3 November

Environmental Headlines for the Houston Region: November 11, 2014

Featured

  1. Conservancy worries power lines could harm Katy Prairie (Rebecca Elliott – Houston Chronicle, 11/6/2014)
    Before the population boom, before Katy Mills and the multiplying subdivisions, much of the land surrounding this Houston suburb looked as protected swaths of the Katy Prairie do now: sweeping grasses interspersed with wetlands, birds, and wildflowers. The latest threat, some say, is a proposed high-voltage electric transmission line, with support structures up to 15 stories tall, designed to serve the Houston region.
    www.houstonchronicle.com
  2. NOAA Releases Interactive Storm Surge Map (Valerie Lawhorn and Ed Mayberry – Houston Public Media, 11/7/2014)
    NOAA’s National Hurricane Center has released an interactive map that shows different hurricane categories and considers flooding caused by a storm surge. Users can find their location on the map and assess their risk for storm surge from a future tropical storm or hurricane.
    www.houstonpublicmedia.org
  3. Texas A&M Study Trumpets Texas State Parks’ Economic Benefit (Texas Parks & Wildlife, 11/6/2014)
    The Texas State Park system’s more than 90 sites have a significant economic impact on the state’s economy, generating $774 million in retail sales annually, contributing $351 million in economic benefits and creating 5,800 jobs statewide. Those were just part of the findings of a recent Texas A&M University study shared with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission. Texas state parks not only provide conservation, recreational and health benefits, but also greatly contribute to the economies of communities throughout Texas, far exceeding the state’s expenditures to operate these sites.
    www.tpwd.state.tx.us
  4. Bullet train a hit with City Council, but with concerns (Dug Begley – Houston Chronicle, 11/16/2014)
    Plans for a high-speed rail line between Houston and Dallas are moving relatively quickly beyond a recent initial round of public meetings. Questions about the route are dominating discussions. Though still years away –  a 2021 launch is predicted under the best of circumstances — backers of the privately funded train are making the rounds to drum up support. Thursday, they met with the Houston City Council’s transportation and infrastructure committee.
    http://blog.chron.com

EcoNotes

  • 7 November
  • 6 November
    • Agency sets rules to fund water projects (Matthew Tresaugue, Houston Chronicle – Express News)
      www.expressnews.com
    • Willow Waterhole an oasis of trails – and movie screen (Rebecca Hennes – Houston Chronicle)
      www.houstonchronicle.com
    • Bullet train a hit with City Council, but with concerns (Dug Begley – Houston Chronicle)
      http://blog.chron.com
    • Texas A&M Study Trumpets Texas State Parks’ Economic Benefit (Texas Parks & Wildlife)
      www.tpwd.state.tx.us
    • TPW Commission Recognizes Employee Achievement (Texas Parks & Wildlife)
      www.tpwd.state.tx.us
    • New Federal Regulation Coming For Oil and Gas Well Pollution (Dave Fehling – StateImpact)
      http://stateimpact.npr.org
    • Denton Voted To Ban Fracking. So Now What? (Mose Buchele – StateImpact)
      http://stateimpact.npr.org
    • Proposed Texas Textbooks Attacked by Lobbying Group (H. Sterling Burnett – Heartland News)
      http://news.heartland.org
    • Office of Sustainability Invites UH Community to Participate in Poetry Contest (University of Houston)
      www.uh.edu
    • Meet the Beetles (Sharman Apt Russell – Orion Magazine)
      www.orionmagazine.org
    • Water Project Funds Ready to Flow — Almost (Neena Satija – The Texas Tribune)
      www.texastribune.org
  • 5 November
  • 4 November
    • Why heavy rains may not help parched lakes (Janet St. James – WFAA 8 News)
      www.wfaa.com
    • Amid Oil Boom, Texas Votes On Who Holds the Reins of Regulation (Mose Buchele – StateImpact)
      http://stateimpact.npr.org
    • November Brings Prime Camping for First-Timers and Experienced Pros Alike (Texas Parks & Wildlife)
      www.tpwd.state.tx.us
  • 3 November
    • UT Energy Poll: The younger the voters, the more support for climate action (Texas Climate News)
      http://texasclimatenews.org
    • Water to be the focus of the 2014 Texas Plant Protection Association conference in Bryan (Blair Fannin, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service – The Eagle)
      www.theeagle.com
    • Options Drying Up For Some Parched North Texas Towns (Kyle Ver – StateImpact)
      http://stateimpact.npr.org
    • Superior Crude to pay $1.6 million penalty for Texas spill (Petro Global News)
      http://petroglobalnews.com
  • 2 November
    • League City celebrates Arbor Day with tree planting (Howard Decker – Houston Chronicle)
      www.chron.com
    • To fight fracking bans, oil firms heavily outspend environmentalists (David R. Baker – SF Gate)
      www.sfgate.com
  • 1 November
    • Professor Pecen: Our world is close to an energy crisis! (Sunday’s Zaman)
      www.todayszaman.com
  • 31 October
  • 30 October
    • Rubinstein: SWIFT puts Texas at the forefront of water issues (Carlos Rubinstein – The Statesman)
      www.statesman.com
  • 29 October
  • 28 October
  • 22 October
    • Union Pacific to meet with local officials at workshop on upcoming railroad project (Maggie Kiely – The Eagle)
      www.theeagle.com
  • 21 October
    • TxDOT offers monetary incentive to accelerate US 59 SW freeway frontage road reconstruction (The Examiner)
      www.yourhoustonnews.com
  • 20 October