Erin Douglas, Texas Tribune

Erin Douglas

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Recent:
  • Texas Tribune
  • S.A. Express-News
Past:
  • Houston Chronicle
  • Grist
  • CSU Collegian
  • The Denver Post

Recent articles by Erin:

Smog levels in Texas surge during heat wave, bringing worst summer air quality in a decade

Emissions are reacting with the summer heat to create high levels of smog, hazardous air pollution that damages the lungs. But state officials are pushing back on ozone pollution controls proposed by the EPA, arguing such rules would compromise the electric grid. → Read More

Volkswagen, Audi argue that Abbott’s choice of judges could tilt emissions case in Texas’ favor

An Austin-based attorney whose practice focuses on legal ethics and malpractice, said he did not see how Abbott commissioning two justices would violate legal ethics rules. → Read More

Abortions in Texas have stopped after Attorney General Ken Paxton said pre-Roe bans could be in effect, clinics say

Paxton and some anti-abortion activists are arguing that state laws that banned abortion before Roe v. Wade — and were never repealed — could now be in effect in Texas. → Read More

“This is not us”: Tight-knit Uvalde, rooted in Texas history, navigates incalculable grief

Residents of this town, which is nicknamed “the Crossroads of America,” grapple with the horror of losing 21 lives. → Read More

Five Texas refineries polluted above federal limit of cancer-causing benzene last year, report found

A dozen refineries reportedly exceeded the EPA’s limit on average benzene emissions last year, including San Antonio-based Valero's facility in St. Charles, La. → Read More

Uvalde has prayed for victims elsewhere. Now, mourners here pray for one another.

Bleachers of the Uvalde County Fairplex were packed with young children, families and other community members Wednesday night in a mass vigil for the victims of Tuesday’s school shooting. → Read More

Rural Texas was meant to get 10% of state bonds for water projects. It’s getting less than 1%.

Rural Texas communities often don’t have the resources, technical experience, or ability to take on large amounts of debt to pursue state funds for water supply and quality projects. So, many simply don’t apply. → Read More

Wildfire risk remains high for much of Texas in the days ahead, fire officials say

Climate change has made the Texas heat hotter and longer-lasting, enhancing drought conditions that set the stage for intense fires. More than 40% of the state is in an extreme drought. → Read More

Sid Miller holds wide lead in Republican primary for Texas ag commissioner

The incumbent appears to have avoided a runoff. State Rep. James White had tried to unseat Miller with criticisms centered on controversies under Miller’s leadership. → Read More

How Texas’ power grid failed in 2021 — and who’s responsible for preventing a repeat.

In the state’s power grid, electricity and natural gas are codependent. Here’s how the winter storm last year broke the system. → Read More

A year after the electric grid failed, Texas focuses on reliability, not climate change

Transitioning sources of electricity to cleaner fuels is one of the best tools humanity has to fight climate change — which brings severe weather that taxes the grid. But a year after the winter storm, Texas leaders aren’t talking about decarbonizing. → Read More

Earthquakes in Texas doubled in 2021. Scientists cite years of oil companies injecting sludgy water underground.

The surge in seismic activity from increased underground pressure is shaking the West Texas ground and rattling longtime residents. → Read More

How a Texas songbird and its endangered status became the center of a fight over the Hill Country

Scientists say a study that estimated far more golden-cheeked warblers in Texas than... → Read More

How a Texas songbird and its endangered status became the center of a fight over the Hill Country

Scientists say a study that estimated far more golden-cheeked warblers in Texas than previously thought has been attacked and taken out of context as the state and federal government battle over the bird’s endangered status. → Read More

Texas GOP’s voting meme shows how Trump-style messaging wins internet’s attention

In other words, experts on propaganda and internet misinformation said, the meme did... → Read More

U.S. Capitol Police intelligence thought Louie Gohmert appeared to encourage violence before insurrection

A Capitol Police assessment flagged comments made by U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, as a potential danger, Politico reported. → Read More

Winters get warmer with climate change. So what explains Texas’ cold snap in February?

A warming earth has brought milder winters, but emerging science suggests that extreme cold spells in Texas could also result from climate change messing with complex weather processes. → Read More

Texas power grid still vulnerable during severe winter weather, ERCOT estimates

The most severe scenario considered by ERCOT for this winter — very high demand for... → Read More

Climate change is making Texas hotter, threatening public health, water supply and the state's infrastructure

A report from the state climatologist finds that the state is experiencing hotter days... → Read More

Climate change is making Texas hotter, threatening public health, water supply and the state’s infrastructure

A report from the state climatologist finds that the state is experiencing hotter days with less relief from high temperatures at night. → Read More