Texas coal mining, the spread of fire ants, the growth of light pollution, the shrinking migration of monarch butterflies, the reduction of Hill Country springs, sprawl of cities and colonias in Texas. They all add up to a raft of massive environmental challenge for the Lone Star State and included in the book “The Texas Landscape Project: Nature and People.”
The book includes hundreds of detailed maps and charts that illustrate the complex and sometimes abstract environmental problems the state faces. There is the sinking of Houston – toxic chemical air emissions – tracking highway billboards –and more.
The data driven exploration of Texas environmental issues also makes it clear that there are many challenges for the state and in each corner of Texas.
David Todd is the co-author of "The Texas Landscape Project." He is also the founder and coordinator for the Conservation History Association of Texas.
The book is published by Texas A&M University Press.