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Trump now sees pollution-warming link, professes “open mind” on Paris pact

The president-elect was poised to enter the White House as denier-in-chief on climate change and avowed enemy of climate action. In an interview with the New York Times, however, were hints of a possibly changing stance.

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Trump won. He’s an archenemy of climate protection. OK, now what?

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Climate denial in the White House, plus a rundown on other election outcomes

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It’s Trump vs. Clinton on climate. (And Trump vs. George H.W. Bush)

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Climate-action foe Smith faces climate-action supporter in Congress race

Climate change isn’t often a dominant election issue. But Democrat Tom Wakely is focusing on it as he runs against longtime incumbent U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith, a leading critic of climate science, in a Central Texas district.

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UT poll: Millennials lead on public agreement that climate is changing

Younger voters “have strong feelings about energy issues, especially climate change,” the biannual poll's director said. “If they show up at the polls, they could significantly influence the outcome of this election.”

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Q&A: Authors of a new atlas – The Texas Landscape Project: Nature and People

Writer David Todd and mapmaker Jonathan Ogren spoke with TCN’s Bill Dawson. Their book covers “the natural history, environmental richness, and manifold conservation dilemmas confronting the Lone Star State today.”

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Straight outta Lubbock: Scientist and TV station aim at ‘myths’ with new videos

In their ‘Global Weirding’ web series of ‘lighthearted’ videos, Texas Tech climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe and Tech’s PBS affiliate address misconceptions at the intersection of climate, religion and politics.

TCN Journal RECORDS

Last month was the hottest August on record. Will 2016 be the hottest year?

2016 has a good chance to top 2015 as the year with the highest global temperature. According to NOAA, this year’s January-August and June-August periods were the hottest such spans on record – for any year since 1880.

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TCN editor receives national award for outstanding environmental reporting

The Sierra Club cited Bill Dawson and TCN for raising awareness of climate change issues. Other recent recipients of its David R. Brower Award include a former editor of The Guardian and a staff writer for The New Yorker.

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Indigenous runners’ trek promotes community, environmental restoration

Peace & Dignity Journey participants, traversing the Americas, brought their message of Native unity, healing, coexistence, and nature’s sacredness and balance to Texas. Greg Harman reports from San Antonio.

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“Extreme” water vapor that fed Louisiana storm a cautionary climate reminder

Climate change is aggravating natural flooding risks, one Texas scientist noted. “As the atmosphere warms, so does the ocean. Evaporation speeds up, making more water available for a storm to pick up and dump.”

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Dallas/Fort Worth Airport may be Texas’ biggest carbon-neutral thing

DFW, the state’s biggest airport and the world’s third-busiest in aircraft operations, recently became the first in North America declared to have achieved net zero emissions of CO2 (not counting aircraft engines).

In Passing RECORDS

July: Another month, another batch of high-temperature records

The earth’s warm-weather trend continues. NASA and NOAA separately concluded in recent days that last month was the hottest July and hottest month on record (dating to 1880) in terms of the average planet-wide temperature.

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Sea-level, ice-melt concerns echo from Rio to Texas and points far beyond

The opening ceremony of the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro sent “a message to the world” about climate change. It was reflected in reports about melting and flooding dangers in the U.S., South Pacific, Siberia and Greenland.

TCN Journal HEALTH+CLIMATE

Amid worrisome Zika news, longer mosquito season found across the U.S.

Researchers for the Climate Central organization said higher temperatures and humidity since the 1980s increased the number of “ideal” mosquito-breeding days across most of the country, including many parts of Texas.

TCN Journal RECORDS

Hot-weather records keep being set – and more look to be in the making

Forecasters are warning of “dangerous heat and humidity” across much of the U.S., with sky-high (that is, Texas-like) heat-index readings in many places not used to them: A fitting time to review recent high-temp records.

In Passing RECORDS

May: Another month for temperature records, 13th record-warm month in a row

Even with the waning of the warmth-boosting El Niño pattern, May set another monthly record for a high average global temperature, federal scientists said. New records were also set for the March-May and January-May periods.

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Climate change and globalization driving tropical diseases toward Texas

West Nile. Dengue. Chikungunya. And now Zika is adding to concerns about tropical diseases in the U.S. Researchers say more resources are needed to monitor mosquito-borne illnesses. First in our new series, Health+Climate.

In Passing

Polls yield more signs that Republican opinions on climate are shifting

You wouldn’t know it by listening to leading GOP officials in Texas or the party’s top presidential candidates. But public opinion surveys continue to find Republicans increasingly expressing concern about climate change.

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UT Poll: Large majority of Americans backs action against climate change

“We’re seeing strong support for collaborative efforts among nations to combat the effects of climate change,” said Sheril Kirshenbaum, director of the national UT Energy Poll, which the university conducts semiannually.

In Passing

Is climate change making El Niños worse? That remains a scientific mystery

“The issue of whether El Niños will become more or less frequent or more or less intense under global warming is far from clear,” Texas’ state climatologist says. TCN senior editor Randy Lee Loftis examines the subject.

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Americans in Paris: A European journalist’s assessment of the US role

In an exclusive analysis for Texas Climate News, Bernhard Poetter of the German newspaper Die Tageszeitung describes “how the U.S. delegation at the climate talks got its groove back. And where they put on the brakes.”

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Historic moment: 195 nations agree to limit warming, turn from fossil fuels

Virtually all nations on Earth supported an agreement to transform humanity’s use of energy in a bid to avoid the most devastating impacts of man-made climate change.

In Passing

Texas wind, showcased in Obama’s business climate pledge, reaches milestone

Wind’s portion of the state’s electricity use set a new record at one point. Meanwhile, several companies’ White House pledges to cut climate pollution indicated Texas wind is a key part of their low-carbon strategies.

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