AUSTIN -Many “bee-friendly” home garden plants sold at Home Depot, Lowe’s and Walmart have been pre-treated with pesticides shown to harm and kill bees, according to a study released today by Friends of the Earth and allies, including Environment Texas. The study, Gardeners Beware 2014, shows that 36 out of 71 (51 percent) of garden plant samples purchased at top garden retailers in 18 cities in the United States and Canada, including Austin, contain neonicotinoid (neonic) pesticides -- a key contributor to recent bee declines. Some of the flowers contained neonic levels high enough to kill bees outright assuming comparable concentrations are present in the flowers' pollen and nectar. Further, 40% of the positive samples contained two or more neonics.
AUSTIN—More than 220,000 electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles are on America’s roads today, delivering real benefits for our health and our environment, according to a new report released today by Environment Texas. In just the last two years, annual sales of electric vehicles have increased by 500 percent.
AUSTIN--Industrial facilities dumped more than 16 million pounds of toxic chemicals into Texas’ waterways, making Texas’ waterways the 2nd worst in the nation, according to a new report by Environment Texas Research and Policy Center. The Wasting Our Waters report comes as the Environmental Protection Agency considers a new rule to restore Clean Water Act protections to thousands of waterways in Texas and across the nation.
AUSTIN – With a formal public comment period soon to begin on rules governing a new state water infrastructure fund, and amid ongoing drought, Environment Texas today announced plans to go door to door across Texas this summer to build public support for prioritizing water conservation and protection of Texas rivers. The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) is scheduled to release draft rules next week to govern the handling of billions of dollars in loans approved by voters in November.
AUSTIN – Today, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed the first-ever, federal limits on carbon pollution from power plants, the largest single source of global warming pollution in America. A group of elected officials from across Texas enthusiastically applauded the proposed limits, which once finalized will be the largest step the U.S. has taken to combat global warming.