Southwest (AZ NM OK TX)

"Air Pollution Destroys Health of Texas Fracking Communities"

"KARNES CITY, Texas -- In the five years since the shale boom hit, the once-beautiful hills of south Texas have been transformed into a scarred, industrial landscape. The residents’ health is part of the collateral damage, according to the environmental watchdog group Earthworks. Their new study documents hazardous chemicals in the air and serious ailments reported by families living in close proximity to drilling operations."

Source: ENS, 09/23/2013

TX Group Says Textbook Publishers Pressured to Change Climate Lessons

"Publishers producing high school biology textbooks that could be used in classrooms across Texas are being pressured to water down lessons on evolution and climate change, a progressive watchdog group said Monday."

Source: NBCDFW 5, 09/11/2013

"Low Water Deliveries From Mexico Hurt Texas Farmers"

"The Rio Grande is the lifeblood of South Texas. Cities and farmers on both sides of its international border depend on its water. A 70-year-old treaty between the United States and Mexico is supposed to keep the river’s water flowing. But in the last three years, Mexico has fallen behind on its end of the deal. That has heightened tensions between the two countries and jeopardized the future of agriculture in the Rio Grande Valley."

Source: Fronteras, 09/04/2013

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