Tribpedia: Environmental Problems And Policies

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Texas contains an abundance of natural resources, but efforts to impose environmental regulations have faced roadblocks for many decades. Texas holds a large share of the nation's oil and chemical manufacturing industries, so state policymakers must balance economic considerations with the need to curtail environmental risk. Oil, gas and chemical manufacturing industries employ thousands of Texans and contribute billions ...

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With the Drought, More Dust Storms

Despite last weekend's rains, the Texas drought lingers — and experts say the number of irritating and dangerous dust storms could increase across the state, especially in West Texas and the Panhandle.

Can Texas Make It Rain?

Speculation that the drought gripping the state could last through 2020 has scientists in Texas looking to so-called weather modification, which, as Matt Largey of KUT News reports, involves using the power of science to play Mother Nature.

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 9/5/11

M. Smith on Rick Perry's allergic reaction to federal school money, E. Smith elicits Ted Cruz's take on David Dewhurst, Root and Ramshaw cover Perry's first presidential debate, Ramshaw and Aguilar poke at Perry's immigration record and how it plays among Republicans, Hamilton on the dash for top status among Texas colleges, Galbraith on an environmental ruling from the White House that got conservative applause and one that didn't, Grissom has the latest on the Willingham arson case and the state's plans to look at other fires and Aaronson's widget for comparing the presidential candidates: The best of our best content from Sept. 5 to 9, 2011.

A grocery truck with the Texas "Lone Star" drives east on Texas 71 toward the wildfire east of Bastrop that is burning out of control on September 5, 2011.
A grocery truck with the Texas "Lone Star" drives east on Texas 71 toward the wildfire east of Bastrop that is burning out of control on September 5, 2011.

Fire Crews Straining Amid Devastation in Central Texas

Federal authorities arrived in Bastrop on Tuesday to assist with the wildfires that have killed two, charred more than 30,000 acres and destroyed at least 600 homes. Matt Largey of KUT News reports that the crisis has stretched fire crews to their breaking point.

Cracks have formed in the asphalt on Bayou Wood Circle near County Road 687 south of Angleton, Texas Tuesday Aug, 2, 2011.
Cracks have formed in the asphalt on Bayou Wood Circle near County Road 687 south of Angleton, Texas Tuesday Aug, 2, 2011.

Drought Damages Texas Infrastructure

In West Texas, the main concern is water. In cities like Houston and Fort Worth, clay soil is drying up because of the blistering summer heat, bursting water pipelines and splitting asphalt roads. Across Texas, the cause of these spiraling problems is the same: a nine-month drought that shows no signs of relenting.

Brothers Christian and Joseph Lane are looking to promote healthy eating in Austin. Their other brother Patrick is missing from the photo, but also involved in founding the in.gredients grocery store.
Brothers Christian and Joseph Lane are looking to promote healthy eating in Austin. Their other brother Patrick is missing from the photo, but also involved in founding the in.gredients grocery store.

The Next Green Grocery Frontier: Zero Waste?

A trio of brothers and their business partner are hoping to change grocery shopping habits in Austin with in.gredients, billed as the first “zero-waste, package-free” market in the nation.

Wildfires, Burn Bans Rage Across Texas

So far this year, the Texas Forest Service has responded to roughly 1,500 wildfires across Texas, the damage of which spreads across 2.5 million acres, according to our interactive map. And burn bans are spreading just as fast. 

Floaters splash and stay cool at "Rockin' the River-Live on the Trinity", a free event sponsored by the Trinity River Vision.
Floaters splash and stay cool at "Rockin' the River-Live on the Trinity", a free event sponsored by the Trinity River Vision.

Dallas, Fort Worth Looking to Revive the Trinity River

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The Trinity has never been much-loved like the Guadalupe, the San Marcos or the Frio. For the first time, both Dallas and Fort Worth are making efforts to revitalize it and make it a destination for recreation.

 

A research unit of The University of Texas at Austin located in the Davis Mountains of West Texas.
A research unit of The University of Texas at Austin located in the Davis Mountains of West Texas.

Bill to Aid Texas' McDonald Observatory in Limbo

A bill aimed at reducing the glare from outdoor lighting in a large swath of West Texas in order to help the McDonald Observatory is currently stuck in the Senate, though its sponsor hopes to get it to the floor by the tomorrow's legislative deadline.

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of May 9, 2011

Aaronson on pork choppers, Aguilar on sanctuary cities legislation, Galbraith on Brownsville's ban on plastic bags, Grissom on Delma Banks and prosecutorial misconduct, Hamilton on a tough week for higher education in Texas, Philpott on wildfires and politics, Ramshaw on the state's pursuit of a federal Medicaid overhaul, M. Smith on what would happen if lawmakers don't rewrite school finance formulas, yours truly on the Lege as schoolyard and Stiles with interactive graphics on how the proposed Senate redistricting maps compare with current ones: The best of our best content from May 9 to 13, 2011.

Brownsville resident Rosie Orozco bags her own groceries in a reusable bag after shopping at an A.V. Lopez grocery store. Orozco says she always carries reusable bags in her car.
Brownsville resident Rosie Orozco bags her own groceries in a reusable bag after shopping at an A.V. Lopez grocery store. Orozco says she always carries reusable bags in her car.

For Texas City, Plastic Bag Ban Brings Controversy

At stores in Brownsville, customers must pay $1 for plastic bags — so many bring their own, or go without. The policy, which also restricts paper bags, has removed hundreds of thousands of bags daily — but not without controversy.