Houston

Men stand outside organizing water bottles, diapers, and other supplies into boxes.

Americans Are Sending Too Much Stuff to Houston

… and not enough cash.

An illustrated map of Houston attractions, including Screwed Up Record & Tapes, The Menil Collection, Bar 5015, The Silver Slipper, and Canino Produce

Travel Like You Live Here: Houston

Curator Ryan Dennis shows CityLab around.

Waves break over the sea wall ahead of Hurricane Franklin in Veracruz, Mexico, August 9, 2017.

In the Face of Massive Storms, Climate Adaptation Tools Aren't Enough

Taking stock of the damage left behind by hurricanes Irma, Harvey, and Maria shows that man-made defenses can fail often—and hugely.

Smoke is released into the sky at an oil refinery in Wilmington, California

What Will Happen to the Gulf Coast If the Oil Industry Retreats?

Hurricane Harvey pummeled the country’s energy infrastructure, and there are few incentives in place to promote renewables.

A barbed-wire fence encircles a pit of muddy-looking water and felled trees

The Looming Superfund Nightmare

As unprecedented hurricanes assault coastal U.S. communities, residents and experts fear the storms could unleash contamination the EPA has tried to keep at bay.

Palm trees blow in the wind and rain

Watch the Damage a Category 5 Hurricane Can Wreak

In Puerto Rico, Florida, and beyond, storms with the force of Hurricane Irma can cause total structural oblivion, smashed trees, and blackouts for weeks or months.

A community organizer speaking to two immigrant women in Houston is pictured.

Lab Report: Harvey Brings Fresh Fears for Houston's Undocumented

A morning roundup of the day’s news.

An oil refinery and storage facility is pictured south of downtown Houston January 30, 2012.

In the Aftermath of Harvey, Houston's Chemical Plants Are Yet Another Threat

74 incidents of excess air pollution have been reported since the storm, totaling more than one million pounds of emissions. More is on the way.

A man stands in an empty room full of mold, shoveling dirt into a wheelbarrow

After Waters Recede, Health Consequences Loom

The aftermath of Tropical Storm Harvey is likely to include health issues that unfold for years.

Evacuees wade down a flooded section of Interstate 610 as floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey rise Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, in Houston.

The Dutch Understand Flooding. Why Can't America Manage It?

More than a decade after Katrina pummeled New Orleans, Harvey has swamped Houston and highlighted the basic flaws in America’s approach to an imminent deluge.

Dark clouds stretch across a refinery as Hurricane Ike approaches the Gulf of Mexico near Houston, Texas September 12, 2008.

'Unbearable' Petrochemical Smells Are Reportedly Drifting Across Houston

As historic rainfall and flooding continue to pound America’s fourth-most populated city, residents of the industrial fence-line communities are already feeling the consequences, according to one environmental advocate.

A home is surrounded by floodwaters from Hurricane Ike in Galveston, Texas September 13, 2008.

'This Storm Has It All'

As the heavily developed Houston area braces for Hurricane Harvey, an urban flooding expert sees a catastrophe in the making.

A pile of debris with a sign reading "need for insurance."

The National Flood Insurance Program Is a Mess

Hurricane Harvey is about to slam into Texas. Meanwhile, a series of disasters has already left the NFIP in dire straits.

An illustration of industrial pollution blowing across a residential street

The Neighborhood Houston's Environmental Push Has Left Behind

Juan Parras’s “toxic tour” highlights the hazards in enclaves untouched by the city’s move toward sustainability.

Farmers work on a farm near a construction site of new residential buildings in Shanghai in 2016

The Smells, Sounds, and Tastes of Future Cities

How might climate change and new technology cause upheavals in our sensorial landscape?

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Four Cities Leading the Way Against Climate Change

New York City, Houston, Miami, and San Francisco have all taken steps to mitigate the risks associated with rising sea levels and global temperatures. Are their successes a blueprint for action at the state and local level?

Three Cities Where Santa Acts Like a Local

Holiday celebrations in Houston, Chicago, and Portland have a distinctly hometown flair.

Texas Weather Forecast: Scalding, With a Chance of Desert Dust From Africa

Grime wafting across the ocean from the Sahara is predicted to reach Houston today.

Amid Historic Flooding, Houston Braces for Even More Rain

The earth is so saturated from record rainfall that flooding is only expected to get worse.