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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 […]

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What Are the Environmental Consequences to Houston’s High Ozone Levels?

Posted on · On Monday’s program, we discussed how Greater Houston has long exceeded federal standards for ozone levels and is facing new, even tougher standards set forth in the Clean Air Act. That, according to the Greater Houston Partnership, may create circumstances that could prompt companies wanting to build new industrial plants to do so outside of the region. […]

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Ozone Standards Follow-up and Championship Quidditch: Thursday’s Show (August 25, 2016)

Posted on · Yeah. You’re looking at a Quidditch match above. More about that below. First, on Monday’s program, we discussed how Greater Houston has long exceeded federal standards for ozone levels and is facing new, even tougher standards set forth in the Clean Air Act. That, according to the Greater Houston Partnership, may create circumstances that could prompt companies […]

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Houston’s Ozone Levels Still Aren’t Good Enough

Posted on · The Houston region has long exceeded federal standards for ozone levels. With new, tougher standards set forth in the Clean Air Act, Houston’s really only further away. It may be little comfort, but now we have some company: El Paso and San Antonio have joined Houston on a dubious ozone offender list. We discuss the consequences […]

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Ozone Standards and Mental Health on Campus: Monday’s Show (August 22, 2016)

Posted on · The Houston region has long exceeded federal standards for ozone levels. With new, tougher standards set forth in the Clean Air Act, Houston’s really only further away. It may be little comfort, but now we have some company: El Paso and San Antonio have joined Houston on a dubious ozone offender list. On this edition of […]

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Air Pollution Report and Sean Patrick Flanery: Tuesday’s Show (April 26, 2016)

Posted on · Last week, the American Lung Association released its 17th annual “State of the Air” report, which says Houston – when it comes to ozone – is the 15th most polluted city in the U.S. But what does that mean and what’s being done to address it? On this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss air […]

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How Are Environmental Regulations Impacting Deer Park? Mayor Weighs In

Posted on · Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court put a temporary hold on a new EPA rule designed to cut carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants. That ruling may have dwarfed another environmental discussion taking place here in Houston at the annual Hot Air Topics Conference hosted by the Gulf Coast Air and Waste Management Association. There, […]

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An EPA Ozone Rule’s Impact on Deer Park: Monday’s Show (February 15, 2016)

Posted on · Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court put a temporary hold on a new EPA rule designed to cut carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants. That ruling may have dwarfed another environmental discussion taking place here in Houston at the annual Hot Air Topics Conference hosted by the Gulf Coast Air and Waste Management Association. There, […]