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Nature and the Environment

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2010

    TCEQ & The EPA: Feds Again Slam Texas' Pollution-Control Efforts

    TCEQ: Honeymoon with the feds is definitely over​The EPA took yet another bite out of the Texas air-pollution regulatory system on Tuesday when it decreed that some of state's rules violate federal clean air law.At issue is what's called the New Source Review Program. It deals with the permitting ... More >>

  • News

    July 29, 2010

    Basketball Diaries

    Readers respond to "Trash Talk"

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2010

    BP Oil Spill: Tunes For Turtles This Weekend

    Onward through the oil​Since the BP oil spill began 8,427 days ago, we've heard about how the catastrophe has endangered the welfare of birds, fishermen, tourist shops, and at least one British dickhead CEO, but there hasn't been much said about our society's most vulnerable -- Gulf Coas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2010

    TCEQ, State's Clean-Air "Watchdog," About To Be Sued Over A Local Plant

    Austin's power supplier a major polluter, groups say​As the Houston Press has written about, and as the Obama administration has determined, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is a pretty lax watchdog.Now they're going to get sued over it.A coalition of clean-air groups has served forma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2010

    Texas' Environmental Agency & The Feds: This Week May Be Crucial

    This week's decision will be watched closely​All eyes are on the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality this week as its three commissioners will decide whether to grant an air permit to a proposed $3 billion petroleum coke-fired power plant in Corpus Christi.The Las Brisas Energy Center has be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2010

    Rick Perry To EPA: Stop. Sierra Club To EPA: Hurry The Eff Up

    The Environmental Protection Agency is getting hit from both ends for its actions in Texas.The EPA has threatened to take over the permitting process from the Texas Commissin on Environmental Quality if the TCEQ doesn't get tougher on polluters.Governor Rick Perry was in Deer Park yesterday, once a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2010

    Feds To Texas' Environmental Regulators: Good God, You Suck (UPDATED With Rick Perry Saying No, You Suck)

    Feds come to the same conclusion we did​The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency smacked the hell out of Texas environmental regulators earlier this week, announcing that the feds will begin taking control over the issuance of operating permits to chemical plants and refineries because the s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2010

    You Get Promised Thousands Of Wild Hogs To Kill, You Get Tame Pigs Instead

    ​It may be difficult to believe that some internet advertising claims are exaggerated, but Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott insists such is the case in an action filed today. Worse, the victims of the alleged false claims are Texas hunters. It's almost sacreligious.All the hunters wanted to do w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2010

    Houston Scores Big In Fed's List Of Cities With Energy-Efficient Buildings

    ​Houston's air may be a national joke, but we do score the occasional surprise good showing in environmental matters.The Environmental Protection Agency today put out its list of the Top 25 cities with the highest number of energy-efficient buildings, and Houston came in a solid sixth.The EPA coun ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2010

    The EPA Might Actually Listen To People At Today's Hearing On Ozone Levels

    ​The Environmental Protection Agency is in the midst of deciding exactly how low it is going to decrease the national smog pollution limit, otherwise known as ozone, and clean-air advocates want you to do your part to help ensure a cleaner, healthier Houston.All day today, the EPA is hosting a pub ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2010

    Coyotes And Bobcats Invade Area Yuppie Enclaves

    ​Back in 2004, we covered the battle of man vs. coyote in League City. Now it appears the wily canines have moved the battlefront closer to town.WestUInstantNews picks up the, um, tail: Coyotes and bobcats have recently been spotted prowling the border of Bellaire and West University Place, prom ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2010

    Obama's EPA Accused Of "Castrating" Clean Air Act In Houston

    ​Clean-air advocates in Texas had such high hopes for the EPA under the Obama administration. After all, the federal environmental agency has said that, as early as today, it will significantly lower the national ozone limit and has essentially stated that some of Texas' pro-business industrial pe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2010

    The EPA: "Castrating," Maybe, But Also Getting Tougher

    ​The EPA may giveth, but it can also taketh away -- the agency is toughening guidelines in the fight against smog pollution, lowering the national ozone limit for the eight-hour standard.A federal Environmental Protection Agency spokesman says the agency will announce today that it is lowering the ... More >>

  • News

    December 17, 2009

    A Quiet Hell

    Thanks to lax enforcement by TCEQ, plants along the Houston Ship Channel launch tons of toxic gases into our air, and face little penalty even when they exceed pollution limits over and over again.

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2009

    Mother-effin Snakes In Our State!!

    Photo courtesy USGS​There's nothing like a release from the U.S. Geological Survey headlined "Report Documents the Risks of Giant Invasive Snakes in the U.S." to get your attention. (Unless it's "Osama bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S." But we digress.)Bottom line: Look out Texas, we got gian ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2009

    ExxonMobil Fined $600,000; We Think They Can Come Up With It

    ​Let's be honest.There aren't a lot of "bad days" for a global petrochemical company that made a record $45.2 billion profit last year, so we'll just say ExxonMobil had a less than stellar day on Wednesday when state regulators penalized it more than $600,000 for environmental crimes.ExxonMobil's ... More >>

  • Film

    August 6, 2009

    Free Willy. Seriously.

    The Cove expertly exposes the horrific treatment of dolphins, but what about the uglies?

  • News

    July 30, 2009

    Love in the Time of Leprosy: The Critter Connection

    Where there's leprosy, there's usually an armadillo.

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2009

    Protect The Texas Jaguarundi!! He's Cute!!

    The Jaguarundicourtesy of blueskull611Ever heard of the jaguarundi? Neither have we. Perhaps that's because this unique type of cat that lives along the Texas border with Mexico is endangered. Perhaps it's because nobody really cares. We're guessing it's a bit of both, but that doesn't mean every an ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 11, 2009

    Wild About Wine

    Web exclusive!

  • Calendar

    April 16, 2009
  • Calendar

    March 26, 2009

    Sharks 3D

    Web exclusive!

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2009

    BP Pays Big (Kinda) To Settle Texas City Pollution Claims

    Good news and bad news for Texas City: The good news is that BP will be spending $167 million to reduce pollution in its plant there.The bad news is that they were polluting the area so bad it's going to take $167 million to do something about it.The Environmental Protection Agency announced today t ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 25, 2008
  • Blogs

    December 22, 2008

    New EPA List Of Polluted Cities Leaves Off Houston, To Some Folks' Dismay

    The good news is that the Environmental Protection Agency has issued its list of counties that don't meet the agency's standards for fine-particle air pollution, and Harris County is not on that list.The bad news is that the American Lung Association thinks it damn well should be on the list.The EPA ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2008

    Birds Endagered By Man (And Ike) Going Back To The Wild

    It's freedom day for five rare birds that got blasted by Hurricane Ike. The Wildlife Rehab and Education Center, which is part of the Houston SPCA, is set to release into the wild five brown pelicans it took into its care after the storm. The brown pelicans, an endangered species, were found all o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2008

    Always Look On The Bright Side Of Ike

    Over the past couple of weeks, we've heard ad nauseam about the painful effects of Hurricane Ike -- the flooded homes and businesses, the damaged rooftops, the rampant power outages, the lingering failures of Comcast not only to provide cable and Internet but also to explain coherently why they are ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2008
  • Blogs

    September 3, 2008

    The City's New Recycling Effort: Is It Any Good?

    While Houston is all set to ratchet up its recycling program, some local experts wonder if the city’s overall philosophy is perhaps too shortsighted. According to a story in today’s Houston Chronicle, the City Council will vote today on new measures such as providing residents with 90-gallon bi ... More >>

  • Calendar

    May 29, 2008

    Wild Ocean 3D and “Sharks in Depth”

    Moody Gardens opens a new film and a new exhibit, both with plenty of sharks

  • News

    December 20, 2007
  • Calendar

    September 20, 2007

    “Lizards & Snakes: Alive!”

    The Houston Museum of Natural Science is squeamish for squamates

  • Film

    November 16, 2006

    Dance of the Penguin

    That whole talking animal genre? Let's be done with it

  • News

    August 24, 2006

    Image of the Week

    Baby giraffe

  • News

    August 24, 2006

    Hog Wild

    Feral pigs are ugly, destructive and mean. Some people in Texas just love to trap, stab or shoot them. Or put them in rodeos. With dogs.

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2006

    Bees on a Plane!!

    New Line Cinema "Forget about the damn snakes! We got bees up in this bitch!" As the countdown to the most hyped horror movie this summer begins, there's news that there may be a greater threat to airline passengers than Snakes on a Plane... Bees. Yesterday's WSJ reported that angry bees, at ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 1, 2006
  • Dining

    July 28, 2005

    No Cracker Required

    Zydeco Louisiana Diner

  • Film

    July 14, 2005

    Glorious Sea

    Brosnan's narration can't mar Deep Blue's gorgeous ocean footage

  • Film

    July 7, 2005

    Miracle on Ice

    The life of the emperor penguin isn't easy, but it might make yours seem better

  • Film

    May 26, 2005

    Animal Crackers

    Plot-light Madagascar still manages clever gags for grown-ups

  • Best of Houston

    September 23, 2004
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    September 23, 2004
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    September 23, 2004
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    September 23, 2004
  • News

    March 18, 2004

    Ruffled Feathers

    The Audubon Society wants some killer birds to stay off its land

  • News

    January 29, 2004

    Fed Up

    League City neighbors go to war against rogue coyotes

  • News

    December 18, 2003

    Wild Kingdom

    The furries are fighting like animals, just for a little respect

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