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Claiming Superfund ‘success,’ Trump EPA neglected climate planning

As work stalled on hardening Superfund sites against climate-related weather extremes, budget cuts continued and a backlog of sites awaiting cleanup ballooned.
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How Texas lawmakers have weakened citizens’ rights to fight pollution

At the behest of the industry, legislators have chipped away at the environmental permitting process in Texas, stacking the deck against concerned people protesting industrial projects.

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Air pollution was already killing us. Then came the coronavirus

Around the world, air pollution is responsible for as many as 7 million premature deaths each year—more than AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria combined. But the crisis of air pollution isn't always visible—at least when there isn't a dark plume lingering in the sky from one more chemical disaster.

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Trump kneecapped NEPA. Could that increase uranium mining in Texas?

The president seeks to weaken a 50-year-old federal law requiring regulators to weigh environmental risks before approving major projects.
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Report: As TCEQ sits idle, polluters double illegal air pollution in 2018

Unauthorized emission incidents resulted in 135 million pounds of illegal air pollution, according to a new report by Environment Texas.
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Climate

How Katharine Hayhoe stays hopeful as the planet warms

The Texas Tech professor and lead author on the last three National Climate Assessments wants you to talk about how to live in a warming world.
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East Texas rivers could become a boiling pot for mussels

The humble bivalves may not look like much, but they act as crucial natural filters across the state's waterways—and they're severely threatened by climate change.
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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.

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Climate

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.
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Nearly 500,000 Texans live in communities with contaminated groundwater. Lawmakers aren’t doing much about it

Despite growing national concern about the health effects of “forever chemicals,” the state’s Congressional delegation has barely made a peep.
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Biodiversity

Butterfly refuge files restraining order against feds over border wall construction

A South Texas nature refuge is asking a judge to order federal agents and wall contractors to keep out.
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TCEQ is finally doing something about an East Texas polluter

After years of inaction, the state environmental agency is poised to force German Pellets to install pollution controls at its Woodville biofuel processing plant.

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Justice

How climate change is driving Central American migrants to the U.S.

In the poor, violent Northern Triangle of El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala, worsening floods, drought and storms are pushing a growing number of migrants north.
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Trump Administration report: Climate change is hurting Texas

If greenhouse gasses aren’t curbed, the Texas economy will likely face devastating consequences from climate change.
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Water

In East Texas, chicken plants are polluting rivers and lakes with oxygen-sucking contaminants

A report released by the Environmental Integrity Project identified Pilgrim’s Pride and Tyson as major dischargers of wastewater containing high levels of nitrogen and phosphorus.
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The dangerous fringe theory behind the push toward herd immunity: Derrick Z. Jackson

Resumption of normal life in the United States under a herd immunity approach would result in an enormous death toll by all estimates.

My urban nature gem

Thanks to the Clean Water Act and one relentless activist, Georgia's South River may finally stop stinking.

Dust from your old furniture likely contains harmful chemicals—but there’s a solution

Researchers find people's exposure to PFAS and certain flame retardants could be significantly reduced by opting for healthier building materials and furniture.

Hormone-mimicking chemicals harm fish now—and their unexposed offspring later

Fish exposed to harmful contaminants can pass on health issues such as reproductive problems to future generations that had no direct exposure.

How Europe’s wood pellet appetite worsens environmental racism in the US South

An expanding wood pellet market in the Southeast has fallen short of climate and job goals—instead bringing air pollution, noise and reduced biodiversity in majority Black communities.

America re-discovers anti-science in its midst

Fauci, Birx, Redfield & Co. are in the middle of a political food fight. They could learn a lot from environmental scientists.

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