Lone Star Green: Goodbye to the Horny Toad?

Iconic Texan Goes Missing In ‘Texas Horned Lizard Capital’ of Kenedy. Before red imported fire ants hit Texas. Before dense African grasses took root on our cattle ranches. Before pesticides […]

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San Antonio: Bring This Film To The Alamo Drafthouse

Dear Greater San Antonio residents: I just received notice via email that this film will be shown at the Westlakes Alamo Drafthouse at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 5 — if […]

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Clean Water Act Settlement Follows San Antonio Water System CEO Bonus

Yesterday, the SAWS Board of Directors agreed to give its CEO, Robert Puente, a $72,000 “performance award” on top of his annual $325,187 salary. The bonus was given in part for his leadership […]

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Lone Star Green: Abbott’s Willful Climate Ignorance Approaches The Criminal

There comes a point that ignorance of the science supporting human-caused climate change becomes so willful that it enters the territory of the criminal – particularly for those with a […]

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Border Walls As Murder: On Climate Change, Migration, & Misdirection

Back in 2010, I wrote of the potential of sustained ignorance about climate change to become so willful that it “becomes criminal.” Back then Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott was only […]

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Ozone, Coal, and Efficiency in San Antonio: EDF’s Elena Craft Elaborates

I haven’t had time to follow up with Elena Craft (right), health scientist with the Environmental Defense Fund’s Austin office, who served to keep a recent air-quality panel at San Antonio’s Rackspace on […]

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‘Toxic Triangle’ Residents Refuse To Go Quietly On Anniversary Of Kelly Closure

A dozen years since the closing of Kelly Air Force Base, ailing residents and community activists gathered to decry contamination, injustice. Victor San Miguel presents a proud and defiant image […]

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Climate Activism and Mental Resiliency: Strategies for Keeping On Keeping On

Responding emotionally and honestly to the sometimes overwhelming challenges of our times takes an inevitable toll. Sometimes the psychological distress that builds inside us as our knowledge of the ramifications […]

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Border Wall Efforts Resisted By Retired Border Patrol Association (& Nature)

I know folks in Texas have had their attention diverted of late by Perry y Co.’s war on reproductive rights, but the goings-on in our Texas Capitol’s roiling rotunda haven’t […]

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Climate Change To Cause More Energy Breakdowns: Solar & Energy Security

I’m wagering that only the most determined readers — those already committed to social justice and the rapid transformation of our energy system — found their way to the other […]

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Fracking the Eagle Ford Poses Serious Air-Quality Challenge for San Antonio

You can call it bragging rights. For years, San Antonio policy makers and elected leaders have made a lot of hay out of the fact that San Antonio was one […]

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Houston Doctor Honored by Obama as a ‘Champion’ of Climate Change Education

One of Texas’ own was honored by the White House this week as one of 11 “champions of change.” Climate change education, more specifically, in this case. According to NBC […]

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Coal as ‘Savior’? Sins of Omission Cloud the Story of Big Brown’s Town

“Dread,” read the headline about the East Texas coal belt and proposed federal climate regulations. Finally, I thought. Finally an appropriate response from the coal industry. Obama insists new climate […]

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LONE STAR GREEN: Human Rights, Human Responsibilities

Everything I ever needed to know about the meaning of liberty, I learned from a flower-selling hippy on a Fort Worth street corner. Travelin’ Terry was an unabashed champion of […]

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Border Wall: Which Side (Of The Fence) Are You On?

It’s been five years since I traveled the Rio Grande across Texas for my project, Muro del Odio, on the then proposed border wall. Thankfully others continue to fight the wall and […]

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Solar, As If The Poor Mattered

When CPS Energy, San Antonio’s publicly-owned utility, mailed out letters to the owners of solar-sporting homes in early April announcing that it was considering a program that would cut payments […]

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Martinez Creek Sewer Line May Limit Green Makeover Of Westside Creeks

Decades after channelizing vast lengths of San Antonio’s rivers and creeks as means of controlling floodwaters, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers engaged with the City of San Antonio and […]

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Threatened: World’s Largest Bat Colony Waits for Leaders to Digest the Science

As an estimated 10 million Mexican free-tailed bats — nursing mothers and their young — began to form into a swirling gyre and rise on a gentle South Texas wind, […]

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