From water rationing to stricken crops, the current drought may be as devastating as the one in the early fifties—the time it never rained.
By the end of May, the weather in the Panhandle finally turned nasty, and two real-life tornado trackers cut to the chase.
Ninety-four years after the Goliad Tornado killed 114 people, why do we still ignore the warnings until it’s too late? A reflection on Texas’ worst twisters.
Air pollution from Mexico has descended on Big Bend big time and while officials on both sides of the border dither, our last unspoiled frontier is slipping away.
It’s not enough to say that associate editor Helen Thorpe was a fish out of water while reporting her story on the new oil plays in the Gulf of Mexico (“Oil and Water,”). She was really a fish out of water on the water. Three different times, the 31-year-old,
Farmers in the Rio Grande Valley are reeling from last year’s crop disaster—and they don’t cotton to agriculture commissioner Rick Perry’s excuses.
Why farmers and big-city folk are at war over water. Plus: Jane Nelson for comptroller?
There’s black gold in the South American rain forest—lots of it. Can the oil companies get it out without ruining the jungle and the way of life of the Indians who live there? The perils of drilling in the heart of darkness.
Crooning for Caddo Lake.
Roberts County landowners are battling to save the Ogallala Aquifer—and what remains of their agrarian past.
Citizens groups in Corpus Christi blame pollution for high cance rates—but they must prove it.
Unchecked growth of microscopic algae has muddied the water—and threatened the future—of Laguna Madre.
He invented the boneless breast and made his chicken a household name. But now his critics are out to roast him.
How a Texas oil company took a mountain of coastal muck and created a cozy abode for whooping cranes.
One of the world’s magnificent game fish, tarpon are back in Texas waters. Can we keep them from disappearing again?
When mountain lions started turning up, the Sierra Club said, “Save them!” Ranchers said, “No way!”
New York sludge is being spread across West Texas. Opponents insist it’s evil filth; others say the smell means jobs.
John L. Guldemann scorns claims that Longhorns damage the natural area.
THE SHOCK WAVES ARE BEGINNING to be felt from the Texas Water Commission’s decision that the Edwards Aquifer is an underground river—meaning that surface owners can’t use its water without a permit. Another state agency, the Water Development Board, was quick to dust off the old idea of transferring water
Beyond Beef blames cattle for the decline of civilization—not to mention famine, pestilence, destruction, and death.
With bulldozers poised to plow through their family’s historic spread, three San Antonio sisters are waging war against the state department.
Candelaria’s only well supplied free water to all until the EPA weighed in.
Trans-Pecos ranchers grapple with El Paso over the West’s most valuable resource.
Texans used to litter like crazy; now the state’s get-tough-on-trash policy is cleaning up their act.
After rescuing hundreds of birds from horrible deaths, a Midland woman has finally gained an ally in her war on open oil pits.
To the people of Austin, the poisoning of an ancient tree was more than a crime; it was a blasphemy.
Every day each of us contributes five pounds to the growing mountain of garbage. Now the mountain looks like a volcano that’s threatening to erupt.
Ranchers hate bobcats. Trappers love their pelts. Both parties have found that there’s more than one reason to skin a cat.
Cool, clear, and pure, it’s the bounty of the Edwards Aquifer, and if something isn’t done to limit pumping by Hill Country farmers and a thirsty San Antonio, it may also be dry.
The allure of Galveston Bay is not natural beauty but the determination of nature to survive ugliness.
Marine scientists have struggled for ten years to establish a new colony of ridley sea turtles on South Padre Islands. All their efforts may have been in vain.
There’s one place where you can still find plenty of oil in Texas: the beach.
When southern pine beetles attack a Texas forest, there are only two cures: cut the trees down or let nature take its course.
An early castaway described Padre Island as “a wretched, barren sandbank.” It’s better known today as the Gold Coast of Texas, but its identity is still rooted in wildness and age-old solitude.
When Houston’s rich and powerful join forces with environmentalists to battle big corporations, they can be fighting over only one thing. Garbage.
The cattle are dying, the grass is gone, the ranchers are selling their land. The center of Texas is in a drought that may be the worst in a hundred years.
Texas’ beloved live oaks are falling victim to a creeping fungus, and no one knows how to stop it.
Gary Bradley, a hot young land speculator in Austin, was in the middle of a $50 million deal when he ran into an outraged environmental movement and a lobbyist with some powerful clients. The fight was on.
He’s Arthur Temple, Jr., ruler of a million acres of East Texas and the last of the timber barons.
Houston’s air may be a slow killer, but the state and the feds spend more time battling each other than fighting pollution.
Some people look at the Piney Woods and see paper plates and two-by-fours; others see the last great stands of forest in Texas.
From giant freshwater prawns to bikini-clad coeds, from ancient Indian artifacts to swimming pigs, there’s something for everyone on the San Marcos River.
In the southeast corner of Texas, more people get cancer than anywhere else in the state. Why?
Galveston has withstood tidal waves, hurricanes, gamblers, and tourists. Can it survive a superport?
Resort hotels and luxury condominiums line the shore of South Padre, yet foot by foot, day by day, the island is washing away.
The Lord giveth the beach and the developer taketh away.
A strip-mining company made her an offer she couldn’t refuse.
True to its own particular, relaxed style of life, Fort Worth was a late participant in the city festival field. For years, Tyler has held its Rose Festival; San Antonio, its Fiesta; El Paso, its Charro Days, and Austin, its Aqua Festival. Houston and Dallas have long since become too
As long as you're cleaning up the environment, start with your own body.