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.

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TCN editor receives national award for outstanding environmental reporting


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


Indigenous runners’ trek promotes community, environmental restoration

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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).

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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.


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.


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.


Inspired by Al Gore, Houston pediatrician strives for climate awareness

Ten years after she saw “An Inconvenient Truth,” medical school professor Susan Pacheco will join Gore and others in conducting his Climate Reality Project’s first Texas training for “a new generation” of climate activists.

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A perfect pair? Well, on climate policy, Texas and ExxonMobil rarely agree

A supposed celebrity power couple – Texxon, perhaps? – came together briefly in a recent court skirmish. But the legal partners actually have split over global warming’s reality, human causation and solutions.

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Scientists to Congress (politely, in so many words): Get real on climate change

In a joint letter, 31 major scientific societies said carbon pollution “must be substantially reduced.” It was, in effect, a response to officials, including many Texans, who reject climate science and oppose climate action.

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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.


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.

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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.

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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.


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.”


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.


The climate agreement – ultimately, it all boils down to temperature

Limit warming to 2 degrees Celsius? Or 1.5? As recent temperature statistics and scientific assessments have underscored, achieving either goal will present daunting, historic challenges on a monumental scale.

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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.


Houston’s mayor, soon to leave office, continues push for climate action

Annise Parker has waged a tenure-long effort to promote Houston’s actions to cut greenhouse-gas emissions from municipal operations and to campaign for federal and international action against climate change.


Climate-forced migrations and prospect of refugee crises concern experts

Social conditions are blamed for driving thousands of children into Texas from Central America last year. But analysts warn future migrations could be much larger, prompted by the intensifying impacts of global warming.


Q&A: Refugees International, climate displacement program manager

Alice Thomas talked with TCN contributing editor Greg Harman about climate-driven migration. “The impact of climate change will largely be a function of underlying vulnerability of the population it affects,” she said.

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