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I'm a journalist and writer in Houston, Texas. My areas of specialty include law and courts, local government and industry and environmental issues. You can follow me on Twitter at @twitter.com/kenfountain and email me at kenfountain1 (at) gmail (dot) com.

A peaceful protest in Houston

September 24, 2016

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Houston prides itself, quite rightly, on the diversity of its population. It’s often said that the Bayou City is the most diverse big city in the United States. That diversity extends to its international population — as I was reminded at a recent event, Houston has perhaps the largest number of foreign consulates in the country.

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A new kind of climate change law?

April 25, 2016

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The role of law and the courts, both in the U.S. and abroad, in addressing climate change is shifting away from a “sector-by-sector” approach to reducing greenhouse gas emissions toward one focused on determining how climate change impacts on people and holding emitters directly responsible, a panel of experts said at the University of Houston Law Center last week.

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Farewell, Sarah

December 30, 2015

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I was struck not only by Sarah’s outer beauty, but also the depths of her inner conviction and idealism.

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Fair winds and following seas, Ranger

July 19, 2015

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Tug boats and other small craft escort the USS Ranger.

Last weekend, I took a trip into the past.

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Harris County Judge Ed Emmett discusses hurricanes, indigent health care and (yes) the Astrodome at Houston Skyline Rotary

June 3, 2015

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In a recent talk, Harris County Judge Ed Emmett discussed being the chief emergency official in a highly urbanized county, the problems associated with taking care of mental health patients in the Harris County Jail and the fate of the Astrodome.

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Annise Parker discusses her Houston legacy, possible future plans at Skyline Rotary

May 17, 2015

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In a recent talk, Houston Mayor Annise Parker Annise Parker discussed some of the legacy issues of her time as mayor, but gave only the slightest hint of her intentions after leaving the office.

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Opera and European furnishings: A perfect pair

May 11, 2015

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I’ll just put this out there right away: I’ve never been what you’d call a huge opera fan.

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Atmospheric scientist Drew Shindell discusses “The Value of Clean Air” in Houston

May 10, 2015

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Drew Shindell at Baker Insitute

Duke University atmospheric scientist Drew T. Shindell said the climate change and air pollution issues are inextricably linked, and that economic measures of the value of various energy sources must include their externalities, including impacts to human health, in a presentation at Rice University.

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Steven Chu discusses energy, climate change in Houston

May 4, 2015

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Dr. Steven Chu, who served as U.S. Energy Secretary in President Obama’s first term, recently visited the “Energy Capital of the World” to discuss changes in the energy sector and its impact on the global environment.

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Tiny houses, big idea

April 26, 2015

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Are tiny houses the next big thing in Houston? In a city famous for sprawl and ever-expanding square footage, perhaps not. But if the attendance and enthusiasm displayed a a recent forum are any indication, the idea may be about to take hold.

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