New Hazard in Storm Zone: Chemical Blasts and ‘Noxious’ Smoke

By JULIE TURKEWITZ, HENRY FOUNTAIN and HIROKO TABUCHI August 31, 2017 HOUSTON — A series of explosions at a flood-damaged chemical plant outside Houston on Thursday drew sharp focus on hazards to public health and safety from the...

Harvey’s Toll on Energy Industry Shows a Texas Vulnerability

Supply disruptions and environmental damage raise questions about the concentration of refineries and chemical plants along the exposed Gulf Coast.

Tree-Eating Beetles Set to March Northward as Winters Warm

Historically, the tiny beetles were largely unheard-of north of Delaware, but the Northeast’s winters are no longer cold enough to kill them off.