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Thursday’s Show: Illegal Air Pollution, And The Future Of Cinema (Dec. 19, 2019)

Posted on · On Thursday's Houston Matters: Surprising findings about illegal air pollution, the potential extinction of movie theaters, a discussion of the new Star Wars film, and a famous home becomes a winter wonderland.

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Does The Clean Water Act Need More Teeth?

Posted on · A new report says Texas industrial facilities had the most incidences of pollution being released into waterways at levels beyond what federal law allows. Houston Matters learns more and discusses what can be done to prevent such pollution.

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Full Show: Industrial Plants And Water Pollution, And Writer William T. Vollmann On Climate Change (April 12, 2018)

Posted on · On Thursday's Houston Matters: We learn more about a caravan of migrants arriving in Houston today to discuss the state’s so-called sanctuary cities law. We delve deeper into Houston's "apartment epidemic." We examine a new report about water pollution in Texas. Writer William T. Vollmann discusses his new two-volume series on climate change. And we learn about Sam Houston State's National Book Awards Festival.

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Green Infrastructure: How Roof Gardens And Planting Trees Could Reduce Flooding

Posted on · Green infrastructure describes features in buildings and landscaping that cleanse and capture rainwater onsite where it falls. Houston advocates for green infrastructure join Houston Matters to discuss how it can be used to reduce flooding.

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Environmental Groups Say Texas Fined Only 3% Of Industrial Polluters

Posted on · Environmental groups say the state is letting polluters off the hook. A new report ranks the worst illegal air pollution events from oil refineries, chemical plans and other industrial facilities across Texas. But several environmental groups say the fault doesn't lie with the state's environmental regulatory agency. They place the blame on state leadership.

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How Trump’s Withdrawal From Paris Climate Accord Impacts Greater Houston

Posted on · Pres. Donald Trump’s decision Thursday (June 1, 2017) to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord may have instant geopolitical impact, but what about on the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the climate we have here in Houston today and in the future? To learn more, we hear from Luke […]

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Effect of Paris Climate Decision on Houston Energy, and Koreans in Houston: Friday’s Show (June 2, 2017)

Posted on · Pres. Donald Trump’s decision Thursday (June 1, 2017) to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord may have instant geopolitical impact, but what about on the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the climate we have here in Houston today and in the future? On this edition of Houston Matters, we […]

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How Air Quality in Houston is Getting Better — and Worse

Posted on · Is it getting harder to breathe around here? According to Environment Texas, the number of days Houston experienced unhealthy levels of ozone increased from 101 in 2015 to 106 last year. But that momentary snapshot may miss the bigger picture: the air quality in Houston is much improved from what it was years ago. We […]

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Air Quality, and Fighting Opioid Addiction: Tuesday’s Show (April 25, 2017)

Posted on · Is it getting harder to breathe around here? According to Environment Texas, the number of days Houston experienced unhealthy levels of ozone increased from 101 in 2015 to 106 last year. But that momentary snapshot may miss the bigger picture: the air quality in Houston is much improved from what it was years ago. On […]