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Citizen scientists volunteer to help track the effects of climate change

Scientists studying impacts of climate change on Texas habitats and wildlife can use some help. Enter citizen science – projects in which non-experts volunteer to help collect scientific data. Melissa Gaskill reports.

TCN Journal A YEAR LATER

Did Harvey change minds? Only somewhat, a climate-action campaigner says

TCN Journal A YEAR LATER

Did Harvey change minds? An anthropologist finds more climate-change awareness

TCN Journal A YEAR LATER

Did Harvey change minds? A leader of a key green group in Houston sees a shift

TCN Journal A YEAR LATER

Did Harvey change minds? A veteran public-opinion expert’s perspective

TCN asked knowledgeable Houstonians if Hurricane Harvey, which struck a year ago, has notably influenced local views on climate change. One was Stephen Klineberg, who founded the 38-year-old Kinder Houston Area Survey.

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Football and heat: Can the two coexist in Texas’ hotter future?

A heat-illness prevention center gave Texas low marks for risk-reduction policies for high school athletes. Texas officials say they monitor and review all recommendations. They don't yet consider climate change, however.

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California’s in the 2018 spotlight for wildfires, but Texas has the most

Texas leads the nation in the number of wildfires this year, according to a federal interagency center. Experts blame climate change and population growth in wildfire-prone areas for increasing wildfire threats.

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Endangered Texas species vulnerable to climate change, weaker legal protection

Critics of the U.S. Endangered Species Act paint it as controversial, but opinion polls show it has strong public support. Despite its popularity, the law faces a major, multifaceted attack from the White House and Congress.

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Texas water woes: Don’t look for easy answers, author says

With water demand increasing and drier conditions projected in a changing climate, the growing Lone Star State illustrates challenges facing the whole nation. TCN interviews Seamus McGraw about his new book, “A Thirsty Land.”

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Tropical storms’ forward movement has slowed, boosting rainfall, flooding

Tropical cyclones have slowed down as temperatures rose, a new study found. Harvey was “a notable example” of higher flood risks as this “stall” phenomenon combined with extra water vapor added to storms by climate warming.

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New national poll: Record-high numbers see human hand in climate change

The survey found a big and growing partisan divide on basic questions about climate change. Overall, 73 percent now say there is "solid evidence" of global warming – 50 percent of Republicans, 90 percent of Democrats.

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Blistering heat, heavy rains girdle the globe in summer of weather extremes

From Houston to Japan, flooding and heatwaves on several continents illustrated the kinds of events that researchers warn are growing more severe and frequent because of manmade climate disruption.

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Global costs of sea-level rise could reach $27 trillion, scientists project

Continued high emissions of greenhouse gases would hit "upper middle income" countries like China with the biggest costs, and economies of developing coastal nations would also be harmed, the U.K. institute researchers said.

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30 years later, climate scientist James Hansen is still sounding the alarm

On a scorching day in 1988, Hansen memorably told Congress manmade global warming was almost surely happening. To mark the 30th anniversary of his testimony, here are excerpts from TCN's 2009 interview with him.

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New research increases concerns about sea-level rise along the Texas coast

Texas officials don't like to discuss the role of human activities in causing seas to rise. But as research findings continue to accumulate, like a new study on the melting of Antarctic ice, science is filling their silence.

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Gulf fish populations among those shifting in response to climate change

Fish are sensitive to water temperature and, as climate change warms ocean waters, their distribution is changing. A recent study projects some species off U.S. coasts shifting northward to more suitable temperature ranges.

In Passing

Impact of changing climate on bee populations remains poorly understood

Bumblebees are key pollinators, helping restock blueberries, tomatoes, peppers and other plants. Data suggest they may be dwindling in Texas. New research seeks to plug knowledge gaps and identify conservation priorities.

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Most Houston-area residents call climate change a ‘very serious problem’

The “very serious” view prevails in the oil capital by a whopping 30-point margin, a respected Rice University opinion survey found. Two-thirds of area residents blame human activities as the main reason the climate is changing.

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Border wall threatens ‘substantial’ harm to biodiversity, scientists warn

Texas will be hardest hit with ecosystem damage from new barriers on the U.S.-Mexico border, a team of biologists reported after reviewing 14 scientific publications. Barriers will destroy and fragment habitat, they wrote.

In Passing HEALTH+CLIMATE

Walkable cities are friendlier – but what if climate change makes it too hot to walk?

Just a few extra degrees can turn a healthy walk harmful. Human-scale urban design will have to protect walkers from rising temperatures. Texas A&M researchers aimed to quantify how much vegetation is needed.

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Texas’ shoreline is swamped by plastic trash – the most of any state

Currents deposit about 10 times more marine debris on the Lone Star coast than the eastern Gulf. Neil Strassman reports from an international conference in San Diego on plastic and other rubbish in oceans, lakes and rivers.

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Their skepticism waning, TV forecasters increasingly talk climate change

Broadcast meteorologists' views on climate change are evolving and so is the way they teach about climate science in their forecasts. Young people, especially, are eager for the lessons, one San Antonio forecaster said.

Features AAAS IN AUSTIN

Dispatches from the American Association for the Advancement of Science

The AAAS annual meeting, premier science gathering in the United States, was held this year in Austin. Ruth SoRelle, a veteran medical and science journalist, covered it for TCN in this updated series of reports.

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Materials like personal care products are now a dominant source of air pollution

In a surprising finding, researchers determined products including pesticides, coatings, cleaning agents and personal care products make up the bulk of a key kind of air pollution in industrialized cities.

In Passing

White House yanks nomination of Texan White for key environmental slot

Kathleen Hartnett White’s doubts about climate science drew opposition from scientists, environmentalists and Democrats. She faced an uphill climb in the Senate where several Republicans declined to commit to voting for her.

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