Smoke gets in your eyes. Benzene gets everywhere.

The ITC Deer Park Fire Is Out, But Now There's Benzene in the Air

Levels of this known carcinogen have spiked, prompting a shelter-in-place for Deer Park and Galena Park.

03/21/2019 By Dianna Wray

News

Will the Arkema Indictments Change the Way Houston Chemical Companies Operate?

The release of toxic chemicals at Arkema's Crosby outpost during Hurricane Harvey has led to criminal charges against its CEO and plant manager.

12/31/2018 By Dianna Wray

Ice House

Houston Bars Join the Fight Against Plastic With Straw Bans

A pilot program run by the Houston Zoo's conservation team helps local bars ditch the straws.

08/17/2018 By Gwendolyn Knapp

Cough Cough

Try Not to Breathe Too Much Today

It's another smoggy day in Houston. Who's doing something about it?

07/27/2018 By Morgan Kinney

Helping Houston

12 Simple Ways to Help Houston Become a Better City

An everyday guide to voting better, helping the homeless, beautifying the city, and improving the environment.

07/20/2018 By Morgan Kinney

Helping Houston

The 12 Commandments of Virtuous Houstonians

It’s the little things that add up to a better city.

07/20/2018 By Morgan Kinney

Toxic Sludge Report

The EPA Has Found High Dioxin Levels at the San Jacinto Waste Pits

The cancer-causing chemical is still being found in large quantities around the site.

07/02/2018 By Dianna Wray

Cheers

Pharrell and LOUIS XIII Cognac Ask Houstonians to Think a Century Ahead

The luxury spirit brings its "100 Years" campaign to Houston.

03/26/2018 By Abby Ledoux

News

Meet the Four Texans Fighting for the Air We Breathe

If you smell something, say something.

12/29/2017 By Morgan Kinney

Armadillo-Approved

A New Wildlife Bill Would Protect Texas' Numerous At-Risk Animals

This is exciting news for endangered species conservation.

12/27/2017 By Gwendolyn Knapp

Ice House

Along the San Jacinto River, Cleaning Up a Decades-Old Disaster

After toxic dioxin was linked to an increase in local cancer rates, the EPA's proposed plan could finally mitigate this ongoing environmental disaster.

12/30/2016 By Paul DeBenedetto

Get Out

Plant the Seeds of Houston's Future Wildflowers This Weekend

The Parks Department's annual Lady Bird Johnson Tribute enters its 10th year.

11/04/2016 By Katharine Shilcutt

FotoFest

What a Beautiful Image! Wait, Is That a Syringe?

This year’s FotoFest Biennial takes on the future of the planet.

03/01/2016 By Laura Gillespie

Eco-Friendly Art

Washed Ashore Brings Ocean Pollution to the Forefront

The Houston Zoo's latest creative art exhibit uses debris to shed light on plastic pollution.

02/01/2016 By Max Jefferson

Car Buyers’ Guide

Is An EV Right For You?

Thinking of buying an electric vehicle? Here are some factors to consider.

11/03/2015 By Nick Esquer

Car Buyers’ Guide

Plugging Away: Tesla vs. Texas

As electric vehicle technology evolves, a battle is waged over how those cars may be sold across the state.

11/03/2015 By Nick Esquer

Dept. of GoFundMe

Help Bring the Village Green Project to Houston

Share your love with an air-pollution monitoring park bench.

07/06/2015 By Houstonia Staff

Bayougraphy

Five Years Later, the BP Oil Disaster Still Haunts the Gulf Coast

In a world of offshore drilling and oil spills, wildlife biologist Donna Shaver is on the front lines of the struggle to protect coastal wildlife.

03/30/2015 By Maggie Berardo

Consumer Protection

The Trouble with Dollar Stores

Cheap goods can come with a price: releasing toxic chemicals into the homes of our city’s low-income shoppers.

03/30/2015 By Bryan Washington

lecture

How Green Is Your Theater?

Measuring the environmental impact of the arts

03/26/2015 By Michael Hardy