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Why Houston Might Struggle Living Up to the EPA’s New Smog Rules

Posted on · They’ve been part of the Houston landscape for decades: giant flares that burn off explosive gases from refineries and petrochemical plants. But the pollution they emit, as well as exhaust from many thousands of vehicles, has been reduced in Houston. The amount of ozone that’s created by pollution when hit with sunlight used to exceed federal standards […]

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Industry and the Environment: Tuesday’s Show (October 6, 2015)

Posted on · On today’s Houston Matters, we examine a pair of developments involving industry and the environment in Houston. First, it’s been nearly a year since four workers died in a toxic gas leak at the DuPont chemical plant in La Porte. Last week, federal investigators presented their findings. Houston Matters’ Maggie Martin discusses the report with News […]

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What’s the Link Between Houston’s Ozone Problem and Climate Change?

Posted on · Last week, we spoke with News 88.7 energy and environment reporter Dave Fehling about why it is some areas of Houston seem to experience spikes in ozone levels when other areas don’t. He noted there isn’t scientific consensus on the reason. However, University of Houston researchers believe there’s a connection between ozone levels in Houston and […]

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The Mayor’s Budget, Reid Ryan, and Pet Care: Monday’s Show (May 18, 2015)

Posted on · Last week, Houston Mayor Annise Parker unveiled a $5.1 billion budget proposal for the upcoming fiscal year, which begins on July 1. The 2016 fiscal year budget proposal is the last of Mayor Parker’s administration. On this edition of Houston Matters, we talk about where the majority of funds are going, how this could shape […]

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Air Quality and Rap Lyrics in Court: Wednesday’s Show (May 13, 2015)

Posted on · The American Lung Association recently released its annual “State of the Air” report, which studied air quality data from 2011 through 2013. While there’s some good news for Houston’s air quality, the report ranks the metropolitan area among the top ten when it comes to ozone pollution. The report comes a few days after the Environmental […]


How To Monitor Houston Ozone Levels On A Smartphone

Posted on · A new smartphone app — connected to air and wind monitors — gives Houston-area residents up-to-date information on whether ozone levels have reached an unhealthy stage. The app was developed by the Houston Air Alliance, the American Lung Association and the University of Houston.