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Recent polls find growing embrace of climate science, climate action

Texas' governor wouldn't say if he thinks climate change is fueling weather disasters: “I'm not a scientist.” Texas scientists told him firmly that it is. National polls indicate public opinion moving in the scientists' direction.

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For more livable cities, landscape architect says answer the call of the wild

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50 years ago, an image of a blue planet inspired environmental awareness

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Happy birthday to us! Texas Climate News is now 10 years old

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Renewable energy’s future still shines bright in Texas, UT expert says

Despite Trump administration efforts to boost coal’s share of the energy pie, cost factors continue to be a daunting challenge. Moreover, Republicans in Texas like renewables, even if they don’t say it, says Joshua Rhodes.

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Texas in the National Climate Assessment: Gleanings from 1,600 pages

“Earth’s climate is now changing faster than at any point in the history of modern civilization, primarily as a result of human activities,” the report says. We selected key passages and graphics relevant to Texas.

TCN Journal DC DISPATCHES

Dallas’ Johnson aims to put House Science Committee back in tune with … science

U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson is expected to chair the Science Committee when Democrats assume control of the House. Quite unlike the current chair, Texan Lamar Smith, she accepts mainstream climate science.

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Cruz-O’Rourke Senate race gives Texans dramatic choice on climate issues

Ted Cruz rejects the scientific consensus on manmade climate change and opposes measures to limit it. Beto O'Rourke accepts the consensus and calls for urgent action to address "the defining existential threat of our time."

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Migrant caravans, climate change, food security – and the future

Caravans of Central American migrants continue trekking toward the U.S. It's another dramatic reminder, experts say, that climate disruption is a major driver for such desperate emigration — with more to come.

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For beer lovers, climate change may serve up a bitter brew

Needless to say, a lot of Texans won't be happy about this: A new study predicts extreme heat and drought could cause a dramatic worldwide decline in barley yields, driving beer prices up and supply down. Melissa Gaskill explains.

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A ‘daunting’ challenge: What the major new climate report means for Texas

The world's leading scientific body on climate change said “rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society” are needed to avoid the most severe impacts. We asked Texas experts for their assessments.

Features GREENING DENTON

Sustainable Schools, an education program in Denton – fourth in a series

“Greening Denton” is a project by University of North Texas journalism students in collaboration with TCN, focusing on the city's renewable power plan. This final installment's video report looks at a complementary effort.

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Fracking, coal, batteries and the future of fossil fuels – third in a series

“Greening Denton” is a multimedia project by University of North Texas journalism students in collaboration with TCN about Denton's plan to use 100 percent renewables for electricity. This third installment includes a pair of podcasts.

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Does natural gas fit with ‘100 percent renewable?’ – second in a series

“Greening Denton” is a multimedia project by University of North Texas journalism students in collaboration with Texas Climate News. This second installment includes an article, two video mini-documentaries and a podcast.

Features GREENING DENTON

Denton strives for 100 percent renewable power – first in a series

“Greening Denton” is a multimedia project by University of North Texas journalism students in collaboration with Texas Climate News. This introductory installment includes an article, interactive map, podcast and video.

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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

Harvey reinforced what Houstonians concerned about climate change already knew, said Stephanie Thomas of the Houston Climate Movement. She believes it also has "some new folks wondering a little louder" about its impacts.

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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.

In Passing

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.

In Passing

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.

In Passing

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.

In Passing

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.

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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