In search of a flood fix, one Houston community turned to a golf course

HOUSTON — In 50 years living in Clear Lake City, Spyros Varsos had never seen the floodwater get so high. During a historic rainstorm two years ago, he watched anxiously…

APT Trends report Q3 2017

Introduction Beginning in the second quarter of 2017, Kaspersky’s Global Research and Analysis Team (GReAT) began publishing summaries of the quarter’s private threat intelligence reports in an effort to make…

IT threat evolution Q3 2017

Targeted attacks and malware campaigns [Re-]enter the dragon In July, we reported on the recent activities of a targeted attack group called ‘Spring Dragon’ (also known as LotusBlossom), whose activities…

Trump’s top environmental pick says she has "many questions" about climate change

Kathleen Hartnett White, President Trump’s pick to serve as his top White House environmental official, told the Senate Wednesday that she had doubts about the link between human activity and climate change. “I’m…

Buda voters to decide whether to reintroduce fluoride to tap water

Buda voters on Tuesday will decide whether the Central Texas city should again add fluoride to its water supply. The widespread and decades-old practice of fluoridation — roughly two-thirds of Americans live in communities…

Insider’s ENERGY REPORT:  DOE & EPA Take on Energy, Environment Issues By Alex Mills AUSTIN, Texas (Texas Insider Report) — A little more than half of all U.S. refinery capacity is located…

TCEQ toxicologist, who has questioned ozone risks, appointed to EPA advisory board

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Tuesday it had appointed Michael Honeycutt, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality’s chief toxicologist, as chairman of the federal agency’s Science Advisory Board. “I…

It takes a village … a city, a world

Scientists seek global collaborations to find ways to feed growing population Writer: Kathleen Phillips, 979-845-2872, ka-phillips@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Mo Way, 409-658-2186, moway@aesrg.tamu.edu BEAUMONT — Aditi Pandey is one of more…

Reports of tainted Texas corn raise concern among some deer hunters

Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, s-byrns@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. John Tomecek, 325-650-3520, john.tomecek@ag.tamu.edu                 Dr. Cat Barr, 979-845-3414, acbarr@tvmdl.tamu.edu                 THRALL – Concerns over corn tainted with Fusarium fungi, which can produce…

Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas –Today, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick announced the appointments of Sen. Brian Birdwell, R-Granbury, Sen. Robert Nichols, R-Jacksonville, Sen. Dawn Buckingham, R-Lakeway, Sen. Bob Hall, R-Canton,…

Who thinks a middle class, rust belt construction worker applauds kneeling for the National Anthem? Anyone? By Edward Zipperer Texas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Democratic party has a…

Environmentalists worry industry could thwart cleanup of toxic Houston-area dump site

Earlier this month, environmentalists celebrated the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s announcement of a final plan to clean up a long-festering pit of toxic sludge along the San Jacinto River east of…

Cold brew coffee phenomenon producing possible turfgrass fertilizer

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Ben Wherley, 979-845-1591, b-wherley@tamu.edu Garrett Flores, garrett77@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – From the coffee maker to the lawn, investigators in a Texas A&M AgriLife…

Studies of the energy-harvesting proteins in primitive cells suggest that key features of photosynthesis might have evolved a billion years earlier than scientists thought. Source: Science News

Stockpiled forages reduce need, cost of hay, supplemental feed

Writer: Adam Russell, 903-834-6191, adam.russell@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Jason Banta, 903-834-6191, jpbanta@ag.tamu.edu OVERTON – Stockpiled forages and winter annuals can reduce the need for and cost of hay and other supplemental…

Speaker Ryan continues to make the case for tax reform, most recently yesterday in Wisconsin.  The speaker first addressed the WMC Foundation’s State of Wisconsin Business & Industry luncheon, where he argued…

UT/TT Poll: Most Texans happy with government response to Hurricane Harvey

For Hurricane Harvey recovery, Texans want federal, state and local officials to focus on debris cleanup and disposal, housing, public health and environmental contamination, according to the latest University of…

Hurricane Harvey sparks renewed push for underground water storage projects

For state Rep. Lyle Larson, Hurricane Harvey was not only a tragedy but also a wasted opportunity. The San Antonio Republican, who chairs the House Natural Resources Committee, estimates that…

Australia rejects clean energy target for cheaper power

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The Australian government on Tuesday rejected a plan to generate 42 percent of the country’s power from wind and solar energy, in a setback for compliance…

Luminant Announces Closing Two Coal Fired Power Plants And A Coal Mine

News release from Luminant’s website: Luminant, a subsidiary of Vistra Energy (NYSE: VST), today announced that it will close two coal-fueled power plants in Central Texas: its two-unit Sandow Power…