Robin Schneider: Trump and Abbott are giving a license to pollute under cover of coronavirus

By setting aside vital protective measures, the president and governor appear to take advantage of an economic and health emergency in order to allow more profits and pollution from existing industrial plants and to speed up the permitting of proposed new fossil fuel and plastics plants.

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`Toxic 100’ air study reveals U.S. super polluters

Just 100 industrial facilities are to blame for more than a third of U.S. toxic air emissions. A new report ranks the biggest offenders.

Rob Moore: As climate risks worsen, U.S. flood buyouts fail to meet the need

As climate change drives more extreme coastal storms and precipitation events, the system must undergo a drastic overhaul or risk stranding millions in flood-prone homes.


In win for Harvey victims, federal judge finds government liable for reservoir flooding

During Hurricane Harvey, thousands of properties behind two federally owned reservoirs flooded.


Air pollution monitoring fell short during Hurricane Harvey, report says

Regulators didn't start monitoring air quality soon enough during the monster storm, which brought a spike in hazardous emissions from industrial facilities.


EPA fell short in coordinating Harvey toxic air pollution risks

The EPA didn't have air quality monitoring procedures in place for Houston when Hurricane Harvey hit in 2017, and wasn't able to inform the public adequately about storm-related toxic pollution from industrial sites, the EPA Office of Inspector General has said.


Michael Klare: If the US military is facing up to the climate crisis, shouldn't we all?

Pentagon officials view climate breakdown as an existential threat to human society - and are already taking action, says Michael Klare, author of All Hell Breaking Loose: The Pentagon's Perspective on Climate Change


The most destructive hurricanes are hitting US more often

A new study finds the most destructive hurricanes are hitting the US three times more often.


After Harvey, Texas enacts tougher flood disclosure law to help home buyers

In many places there's no requirement to tell a home buyer if a house is at risk of flooding, even as climate change increases that risk. Some hope a new Texas law will be a national model.

Robert Bullard: Environmental racism is real and Democratic candidates must show how they’ll address it

A form of systemic oppression — one that holds back our community, sickens our children and cuts our lives short — has been nearly absent from the debate stage: environmental racism.


Why are hurricanes like Dorian stalling, and is global warming involved?

Hurricanes Harvey and Florence also stalled, leading to extreme rainfall. Research shows it's a global trend.

‘Toxic stew’ stirred up by disasters poses long-term danger, new findings show

Wildfires and hurricanes are pushing chemicals into the environment, with health effects that scientists are just beginning to understand.

To understand climate denial, you have to understand Texas

Scientists should study Texas. We may be the secret to understanding climate change denial.


Crews stabilize cap that covers San Jacinto Waste Pits

With hurricane season underway, contractors this week secured a sloped area of the San Jacinto Waste Pits that has needed multiple repairs over the years.


Houston mixes 'gray' and 'green' flood defenses

Artificial "gray" measures like levees and walls are the default, but there is a new openness to natural flood-control techniques.
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