Back in the 1940s, there were only 16 whooping cranes left in the world. The birds, hunted for their white feathers (used for ladies hats, of all things) and shot for sport, were on the brink of extinction, but they didn't go the way of the Dodo. Instead, years of conservation efforts brought the ... More >>
Plans to reroute Buffalo Bayou will rescue an unstable waterway. Or they will destroy one of the last natural stretches of riparian forest on the bayou. Consensus seems to have taken a hike.
Buffalo Bayou has been a controversy that hits at the very heart of Houston for decades. It all started in the 1960s, when a group of concerned citizens, mostly wealthy and well-connected, learned that the Harris County Flood Control District planned to cement and channelize a vein of Buffalo Bayou ... More >>
In 1998, a Harris County associate medical examiner ruled that 17- month old Tristan Rivet died as a result of homicide, and a Montgomery County jury decided that Neal Robbins killed her. In 2007, the same medical examiner decided she made a mistake, and that the cause of death should have been "un ... More >>
In the mid-1940s, only 16 Whooping Cranes remained in the wild. Hunted for their cream-colored plumage, shot and killed for pure sport, the largest bird in North America stood all but extinct. Presaged by Passenger Pigeons and the Carolina Parakeet, it seemed that American frontiersmen would once mo ... More >>
Back in June, we looked at how extensive new development along the Grand Parkway is contributing to a scary scenario where the Addicks and Barker dams could fail with Katrina-like effects. Now a federal judge has agreed with us, kinda. U.S. District Judge Keith Ellison has issued a 42-page memora ... More >>
Just a fresh seabreeze compared to what could have beenJust in time for hurricane season, a group created in the wake of Ike has issued a report that should be entitled "The Bejesus, And Scaring It Out Of You."Remember Ike and how much that sucked? Destruction in Galveston, no electricity in Hous ... More >>
The Grand Parkway, that expansive road to nowhere in the middle of nowhere, is headed to court.The Sierra Club has filed a federal suit against the project, saying that environmental-impact studies have been inadequate.Brandt Mannchen of the group appeared before Commissioners Court today to explain ... More >>
A book tour stirs up some dust over Jim Blackburn and an old environmental deal
A scorched-earth management philosophy is sucking the life out of our region's wetlands
Thank J.R. Quinn for the gay celebrations
Casualties aren't easy to count in the continuing battle of Bayport
A bridge to Bolivar might be good for business -- but not for the birds
The City of Houston requires developers in the floodplain to elevate and mitigate -- build houses on higher ground and dig detention ponds for runoff. Except, not always.
The state's own regulators want to ignore its records on polluters
Clear Creek is on the rise, and local flood-protection methods have been helpless against it. Soggy residents, tired of being perpetual victims, are ready for a fight.
For business or pleasure, here comes the Great Butterfly Chase
Businessman Michael Shelton thought he had beaten the system. Then he learned the legislature can be as unpredictable as the salt domes where he wants to store toxic waste.
A Port suit accuses several companies of contaminating its land for decades
The solution to Houston's image problems? Spin them away.
Brazoria's D.A. raises privacy issues over DPS emissions tests
Immigrant shrimpers survived Vietnam and the wrath of Texas rednecks. Can they do the same with new fishing restrictions?
Exercising rights in Seabrook can land you in court
Skeptics say the Port could break more pledges involving Bayport
Has the fight over port expansion turned a bay watchdog group into a rubber duck?
The Port referendum means lots of jobs -- for consultants
Government and civic boosters know the way to clean up the air in polluted southeast communities: add another chemical plant
The city doesn't seem to care that a Houston developer's plans for high-density apartments and a supermarket rest atop abandoned oil fields and possible contamination
The Sierra Club got paid off, but a developer's bizarre problems continue
Residents of this seaside neighborhood are about to be joined by a 1,000-acre port facility
Local residents unite to fight the mountain of landfill trash headed their way
Last fall, environmentalists thought they'd finally put a stake through the heart of the West Side Airport. But the mayoral race seems to have given it a new lease on life.
Encroaching development and bureaucratic inertia are jeopardizing Sheldon Reservoir, one of east Harris County's last natural outposts
Montrose-area neighborhoods broach a novel idea: Let freeway expansion improve the inner city
Diane Wilson asked only that her home bay be allowed to live. She says she was told no. So she went to war.