Environment

Home Is Where The Art Is

Nov 30, 2016 By Daniel Singer

Charles Stagg walked into the woods and decided to build something. Now, four years after his death, his daughter and grandson are trying to preserve his masterpiece.

The Future of Balmorhea

Oct 4, 2016 By John Nova Lomax

There's been a lot of hang-wringing over what could happen to one of the state's most treasured pools in the midst of the latest oil discovery, but an environmental research group is optimistic about the outcome.

Trash Talk

Sep 21, 2016 By Christopher Hooks

The scion of one of Laredo’s first families wants to build a mammoth landfill on his ranch. But the opposition is fierce and vocal—and backed by none other than his uncle and his cousin.

When the Dust Settles

Aug 24, 2016 By Eva Hershaw

After Texas Tech researchers discovered that windstorms may be spreading antibiotic-resistant bacteria from local feedlots, public health experts stood up and took notice. So did the Texas Cattle Feeders Association.

Ruffled Feathers

Aug 24, 2016 By Sonia Smith

When a teenage boy brazenly shot two endangered whooping cranes outside Beaumont, his act unleashed widespread anger and resulted in a quick arrest—and revealed just how difficult it can be to save a species. 

Meet the Beetle

Jun 22, 2016 By Wes Ferguson

How long it will take the dreaded emerald ash borers to fully establish themselves in Texas? And how many native ash trees will they decimate?

Wimberley Storm Warning

Apr 20, 2016 By Wes Ferguson

A year ago, the Blanco River overran its banks and devastated Hays County—just as a handful of government officials had predicted decades ago.

Katharine Hayhoe, photographed in Lubbock on March 31, 2016.
Unfriendly Climate

Apr 15, 2016 By Sonia Smith

Katharine Hayhoe has made it her life’s mission to proclaim the truth about climate change. Can she get the skeptics to listen?

The Future of Farming

Mar 29, 2016 By Priyanka Mody

With the average age of Texas farmers on the rise, sustainable agriculture could be the key to attracting the next generation.

The P. Q&A

Jan 27, 2016 By Brian D. Sweany

The grandson of a president. The nephew of a president. And the son of a candidate who’s currently on the stump. Such is the reality for George P. Bush, the state’s first-term land commissioner and the newest face of the family dynasty. But what course is he setting for himself?

Sanctuary City

Oct 21, 2015 By Michael Hardy

Will border politics crush Mission’s attempt to brand itself as the butterfly capital of America before that dream takes wing?

Houston parks
Green Acres

Sep 17, 2015 By Mimi Swartz

How did smog-breathing, gridlock-prone Houston become the newest natural wonder of the urban world?

DuPont complex, La Porte
Up in the Tower

Aug 13, 2015 By Lise Olsen

The DuPont chemical plant in La Porte was once hailed as the safest around. Until the deaths of four workers exposed a darker truth.

On Shaky Ground

Apr 21, 2015 By Dave Mann

So what’s with all those earthquakes in North Texas? Is fracking really to blame? Let us give you a visual.