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Understanding and Combating Houston’s Ozone and Air Pollution Problems

Posted on · The American Lung Association recently released it's annual "State of the Air" report, which studied air quality data from 2011 through 2013. While Houston isn't among the worst U.S. cities for some types of pollution, the report ranks Houston/The Woodlands among the top ten when it comes to ozone pollution (smog). The report comes a […]

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Air, Condition: Portraying the Unseen Landscape of Houston’s Radio Waves

Posted on · Radio waves are passing through you right now, whether you like it or not (sorry). Some are generated by distant stars; others emanate from a nearby cell phone. And, of course, there are all those pesky radio stations. It’s an unseen yet significant part of Houston’s landscape. Capturing that landscape is the goal of a […]

Good, Bad and Ugly

League City’s Immigrant Ordinance and Life Like a Country Song: The Good The Bad and The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · From the new resolution banning undocumented children from entering League City, to concern over pollution in and around Galena Park, to Texas being named the second-most state where “life is most like a country song” — it’s The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of this week’s Houston news. This week’s rotating panel of non-experts […]

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Is Texas’ Long War with the EPA Over Air Quality Finally Ending?

Posted on · For years, the State of Texas and the federal Environmental Protection Agency have clashed over regulations covering major air pollution sources, like refineries. Now, that longstanding legal dispute may be giving way – somewhat. Last week, Texas and the EPA reached a deal on portions of the state's clean air plan, concerning the state's "flexible […]

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Are Allergies and Asthma Worse in Houston?

Posted on · Taking a deep breath may seem like a good idea sometimes. But when it comes to allergy season and asthma — forget it! Like most of the country, Houston has distinctive allergy seasons. Sometimes they’re shorter, sometimes they’re longer. But with a humid climate and air pollution, it may seem like allergies are a problem […]

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Allergies & Asthma, A New Approach to Online Educ. & Recovering from Amnesia: Houston Matters for Tues., Feb. 4, 2014

Posted on · Taking a deep breath may seem like a good idea sometimes. But when it comes to allergy season and asthma — forget it! Like most of the country, Houston has distinctive allergy seasons. Sometimes they’re shorter, sometimes they’re longer. But with a humid climate and air pollution, it may seem like allergies are a problem […]

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Houston Group Re-Enacts War of the Worlds Broadcast on 75th Anniv.

Posted on · On Oct. 30, 1938 — 75 years ago — Orson Welles and his Mercury Theatre of the Air presented a radio adaptation of H.G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds. Most of the broadcast was presented as a series of simulated news bulletins, so convincing that, as the story of an alien invasion by Martians […]