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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

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

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

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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.

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Texas is a ‘hot zone’ for diseases borne by mosquitoes, ticks and fleas

Nationally, disease cases caused by these creatures tripled from 2004-16, a recent federal study found. With global temperatures rising, Texas is “at the epicenter of vector-borne diseases,” says a Houston expert.

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Finding Harvey’s rains matched Gulf evaporation, scientists issue warning

Researchers at the National Center for Atmospheric Research added to the chorus of those saying we aren’t doing enough to prepare for hurricanes dangerously “supercharged” by ocean waters warmed by climate change.

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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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Bloomberg jabs at Trump’s climate record in Rice address on honor, honesty

Speaking to the Houston university's 2018 class, former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg said honesty is "a patriotic responsibility" and Americans "should demand that politicians have the honesty to respect" science.

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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.

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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.

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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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Rising ocean temperatures threaten sea turtles’ long-term reproduction

Reproduction could become increasingly challenging for sea turtles, including those that nest on Texas beaches, if warming oceans cause a dangerous drop in the number of male turtles, biologists warn.

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What comes after capitalism? An interview with UT’s Raj Patel

A challenging new book co-written by Patel, a professor, writer and activist at the LBJ School, argues that our economic system can’t survive the looming end of “cheap things,” including “cheap nature” and “cheap energy.”

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Attwater’s prairie chicken population hit hard by Harvey

Science writer Melissa Gaskill reports that while long-term impact of the storm on Texas’ endangered species remains to be seen, initial information suggests whooping cranes and sea turtles fared better than the already threatened grouse.

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