San Antonio’s Poor Clean-tech Ranking Due to “Jockeying,” Lost Data Set

San Antonio’s standing nationally on the clean-tech scene could be better. But for a newcomer on the scene being ranked 42 among U.S. cities is still commendable, according to Bryce […]

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West Fertilizer Explosion Death Toll A Rolling Target

I have to credit a much-overlooked story from the Dallas Morning News for pointing my nose back to West this week (which, in return, revealed an uncomfortable pattern of stack failures […]

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After West: San Antonio Chemical Plant’s Compliance History Demands Scrutiny

In the summer of 2007, a pump at the Blue Line Corporation in East San Antonio was “inadvertently turned off,” releasing about 50 pounds of hydrochloric acid into the air. Five […]

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Conservation and Desalination: An Alternative Prescription For Texas Water Management

The nation needs $384.2 billion dollars in water infrastructure and development to meet its needs for clean drinking water, according to a recent EPA report to Congress. The figure reflects the […]

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Governor Perry Vetoes Hard-Right Endangered Species Bill

It was an endangered-species bill seemingly made in red-state heaven. The economic engine of Texas first, the myriad unique creatures fashioned by the God of the Bible second (complete with […]

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Sea-Level Rise in Texas: Science & Self-Censorship In An Age of Urgency

A new report on the dangers of accelerating sea-level rise along the Texas Gulf Coast from a coalition of leading scientists and state research institutions is a call to action. […]

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Agent Orange: Gulfport Residents Fear Silent Killer Stalks Them

One month after ATSDR gives the “all clear” to current dioxin risk, the U.S. Navy prepares for a new cleanup effort. [NOTE: This is likely the most important story I […]

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San Antonio Trailing In National ‘Clean Tech Leadership’ Rankings

San Antonio (and Houston, and Dallas, and Austin) have made important strides in building increasingly sustainable cities rich in low-polluting clean-tech technologies and developing carbon-reduction strategies. San Antonio’s CPS Energy […]

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San Onofre Nuclear Closure Will Take Decades, Cost Billions

Southern California Edison’s website boasts that the triple-reactor San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station is the region’s “largest and most reliable source of energy.” Three hundred and fifty billion kilowatt hours […]

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San Antonio River Authority Tackles Flooding As Helsinki Hails Storms

It’s not a groundbreaking pronouncement, but the message at the seventh European Conference on Severe Storms being held in Helsinki, Finland, this week is to hold on for more storms. For […]

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Austin Energy, CPS Energy Rank Nationally for Green Power Sales

Municipally owned Texas utilities Austin Energy and CPS Energy still have some of the most robust renewable energy profiles in the nation, according to a survey by the U.S. Energy Department’s […]

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Eco Realism: What Your Newspaper Should Look Like

Last night a friend and fellow committed lover of the earth our home invited me to sit on a committee for a local environmental advocacy organization. Why not? I’m an […]

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Japan’s ‘Unprecedented Anti-Nuke Grassroots Movement’ Seeks Help

For a time, Fukushima Dai-ichi’s 2011 triple-reactor meltdown seemed to herald the demise of the global nuclear industry. Japan took all of its plants offline. Germany — with a strong […]

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Beyond Climate: Anthropocene Demands Action on Spiking Global Inequalities

Beware of plutocrats speaking of Spaceship Earth — Eddie Yuen LAWRENCE, Kansas — The “great acceleration” of our global environmental crisis — one so often condensed into the language of […]

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‘March Against Monsanto’ inspires hundreds of San Antonians to protest despite widespread flooding

Despite city-wide flooding during the second wettest day in historic record, roughly 200 San Antonians congregated at the Alamo, the much-vaulted “shrine” of Texas liberty, to join an international day […]

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Q&A with John Farrell: People power a threat to the ’20th-century’ utility

A conversation with John Farrell, director of the Energy Self-Reliant States and Communities program at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. San Antonio’s publicly owned utility, CPS Energy, recently argued in […]

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Bat Attack! Why Saving Humanity Means Saving Mexican Free-Tailed Bats

“By [2050], it is extremely likely that Earth’s life-support systems, critical for human prosperity and existence, will be irretrievably damaged by the magnitude, global extent, and combination of these human-caused […]

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March Against Monsanto This Saturday

Click for full schedule (pdf) of San Antonio events. For protest info in the rest of the world, check the main March page. I wrote a bit about GMOs and Monsanto […]

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