News Release | Environment America

Statement: New IPCC report underscores need to act on climate

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its first global assessment of the science of global warming since 2013 on Monday. The report details the potential catastrophic impacts on the world's oceans, ice caps and land in the coming decades if we fail to rapidly reduce emissions and meet our climate goals.

News Release | Environment America

Environment America urges senators to support the bipartisan infrastructure bill

Outdated infrastructure endangers our health and our environment. The bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act makes significant progress towards solving these problems.

News Release | Environment Texas

Great American Outdoors Act is bringing more nature to Texas

AUSTIN – Texas parks are getting a badly needed infusion of cash thanks to the Great American Outdoors Act, signed into law one year ago today. Big Bend National Park will get almost $77 million to repair or replace the Chisos Mountain Lodge, described as in “critical condition” by the National Park Service, and park water systems needed to provide water to campsites and to fight fires. The “Texas White House” at LBJ National Park, closed to the public since 2018 due to mold and structural concerns, will get rehabilitated. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is using $4.5 million of the funds to “acquire a 1,687-acre tract of native Tamaulipan brush and wetland habitats” for Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge, a premiere bird watching destination in south Texas. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, which will receive $17 million annually, is using their money to boost grants to cities for sports complexes, butterfly gardens, and trails, and to support our state parks.

News Release | Environment America

Statement: Infrastructure must be a good deal for our health

A bipartisan group of senators met Tuesday afternoon to prepare for a vote planned Wednesday on a $1.2 trillion Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework that aims to boost federal investment in U.S. infrastructure, including billions for roads, clean water and power infrastructure, according to media reports. 

News Release | Environment Texas Research and Policy Center

Pathogens pose risk at 90 percent of Texas beaches

AUSTIN – With Texans returning to local beaches this summer, a new report warns that more work is needed to ensure that all waters are safe for swimming. In 2020, out of 61 Texas beaches tested, 55 were potentially unsafe for swimming on at least one day according to Safe for Swimming? - Environment Texas Research and Policy Center’s annual analysis of bacteria testing.  The report comes as Congress considers investments in water infrastructure.