A motorist drives through “nuisance flooding” in Charleston, SC, Oct. 1, 2015.
AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton
Climate change is raising global sea levels. Now research shows that 'hot spots' where seas rise another 4 to 5 inches in five years can occur along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts, further magnifying floods.
Being one of a series of disasters made relief in Puerto Rico harder to come by after Hurricane Maria.
AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa
Charitable giving and government aid can shortchange disasters that follow other disasters.
The Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Comfort traveled to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.
Ernest R. Scott/U.S. Air Force/Handout via Reuters
The military can make a big difference right away but humanitarian deployments should generally be rare and brief.
Immokalee, Florida sustained heavy damage during Hurricane Irma.
AP Photo/Gerald Herbert
The bills now pending in Congress won't do what it will take.
Hurricane Irma caused major damage to Naples and other Florida cities.
AP Photo/Gerald Herbert
The desire to help during emergencies like Hurricane Irma is admirable. Doing some homework might make your contributions go farther.
Soil has many secrets: technology can help reveal its mysteries.
Mapping the soil with open source application is vital to understanding how to protect it.
Interstate 69 in Humble, Texas is covered by floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey on Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017.
AP Photo/David J. Phillip
Many people may have stayed put during Hurricane Harvey because no storm that big had struck Texas since 1961. But like New Orleans after Katrina, Texas is likely to be much better prepared next time.
Residents pick through a makeshift aid station in Rockport, Texas after Harvey struck their city.
AP Photo/Eric Gay
The desire to help during emergencies like Hurricane Harvey is admirable. With a little homework, your contributions will go further.
A convict hangs on to a bucking bronco c. 1940.
Courtesy of Texas Prison Museum
Racial barriers that existed in the free world were toppled as black and white convicts competed for the Top Hand Prize.
In Big Bend National Park’s Santa Elena Canyon, the Rio Grande separates the United States (left) from Mexico (right).
Instead of building a wall on the US-Mexico border, a landscape architect calls for restoring the Rio Grande and turning its course into an international park – an idea first proposed in the 1930s.
Five generations of a slave family.
On Juneteenth, the day that commemorates the ending of slavery in the US, a historian dispels myths about the 'peculiar institution' of slavery.
Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck, left, and Mayor Eric Garcetti pose next to an all-electric car in this 2015 photo.
AP Photo/Nick Ut
More than 200 mayors have committed their cities to stick with the Paris climate deal no matter what the US does. Electric vehicles offer a promising route to making good on that pledge.
Lessons from the Lone Star State: A surge in wind power on the Texas grid didn’t cause reliability problems (and brought down electricity prices) because regulators improved the efficiency of wholesale electricity markets.
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Energy Secretary Rick Perry wants to know if wind and solar are compromising the reliability of the grid and hurting coal power. The answer lies in his home state of Texas.
Zika arrives in Brownsville, Texas.
There are likely to be more Zika cases reported in Texas.
A woman protesting the shooting death of Alton Sterling is detained by Baton Rouge police.
No federal database provides reliable info on deaths that occur in police custody. It’s the same situation in 48 states. But now California and Texas are offering new models of accountability.
A woman wears a cowboy hat emblazoned with a uterus to show her support for abortion care in Texas.
TRAP laws – targeted regulation of abortion providers – have been a way for states to limit abortions. The Supreme Court Monday struck down a Texas TRAP law, saying it did not protect women.
It’s not just power-hungry pot farms: the connection between drugs and oil and gas industry runs deep.
It's not just energy-hungry pot farms: the ties between energy and drugs run deep. Can we develop a national drug policy drawing on the lessons of the domestic oil and gas boom?
An exorcism being performed in Fafe, Portugal.
Jose Manuel Ribeiro/Reuters
The belief in demonic possession – often thought to be a relic of The Dark Ages and the Salem Witch Trials – remains surprisingly mainstream.
Should states test homeschoolers?
Homeschooling regulations vary from state to state. And loopholes in these regulations could excuse parents from actually reporting the results.
Are textbooks having an impact on the framing of race issues?
Textbook language can influence thinking. So, what do some textbooks say on issues of race?