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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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Will Harvey, other storms move Texans’ attitudes about climate change?

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Fast flood-insurance ‘fix’ may elude a broke – and broken – program

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Harvey’s catastrophic legacy includes pathogens, toxics, festering debris

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Farewell to a friend: A former TCN editor died amid Harvey’s aftermath

Houstonian Jim Simmon was our deputy editor from 2008 until last year. He apparently drowned at a location where high water lingered for days after the hurricane. We offer an appreciation of a fine man and great journalist.

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Harvey’s record rainfall: A statistical portrait of what “wettest” meant

“Harvey is head and shoulders above all previous multi-day storms ever recorded in the continental United States,” setting records in 17 rainfall categories, the Texas state climatologist concluded in a detailed analysis.

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As Harvey slams Texas, scientists explore links of hurricanes, climate change

Even rainier hurricanes and worse Gulf Coast flooding are possible in a warmer world, but not all the evidence is clear, according to a draft federal report on the current state of climate science.

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Secretive border-wall work at wildlife sanctuaries galvanizes opposition

Hundreds protested in the Rio Grande Valley after word got out that federal officials and contractors were surreptitiously advancing President Trump’s border-wall project in federal and private wildlife preserves.

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Texas communities, rich and poor, seek common ground in Gore’s new climate film

"An Inconvenient Sequel," the former vice president’s updated call to action against climate change, explores resiliency and hope in defeat. Some Dallas neighborhoods already know what that means.

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Researchers: More deadly heat waves, even with aggressive emission cuts

A team of scientists projected the number of days when potentially lethal heat and humidity will occur at different places, with and without big pollution reductions. Texas’ deadly days will soar either way, they calculated.

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‘Consensus’ or ‘debate’ – the long battle to shape public perception continues

More Americans than ever (58 percent) now say climate change is mostly man-made, a Yale poll found. That's in line with what scientists overwhelmingly agree. Will Trump appointees sow doubt about researchers’ vast consensus?

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From Texas to Australia, climate change socks coral reefs worldwide

Science writer Melissa Gaskill has made underwater visits to the Gulf of Mexico’s Flower Garden Banks and Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. In this two-part report for TCN, she examines the impacts of a warming climate on coral.

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Perry signals return to his earlier science-denying stance on climate change

The Energy Department chief mocked climate science as Texas governor. Now he dismisses researchers’ consensus conclusion – that pollution mainly drives climate change. Scientists are trying to school him.

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Polls: Americans give thumbs down to exiting Paris climate accord [Updated]

President Trump’s action was a big loser among Democrats and independents. But it scored well among Republicans, which led some analysts to suggest it might help shore up support among his most dedicated fans.

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The US is pulling out of the Paris Climate Agreement. What will it mean?

The pollution-cutting pact, signed by 195 nations, was hailed as a monumental achievement to try to avoid catastrophic disruption of the climate. Now what? Uncertainties abound in the wake of Trump’s decision to exit the accord.

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Powerhouse investors tell Exxon (and Trump): Get serious about climate change

Amid signs that the president is poised to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, ExxonMobil investors broke with the company’s board, voting overwhelmingly to demand an annual report on its climate-change risks.

In Passing

State, city leaders square off over Trump’s move to kill Clean Power Plan

While Texas Gov. Greg Abbott hailed the action to end the Obama initiative, Houston’s Sylvester Turner and Austin’s Steve Adler were among U.S. mayors affirming the plan and the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement.

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A barrier to wildlife as well as people: Environmental costs of Trump’s wall

In South Texas, a “contiguous and impassable” structure to block human migration would obstruct essential movement of wildlife species aided by decades of conservation efforts. Melissa Gaskill examines the issue for TCN.

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Large majority opposes Trump’s pledge to get out of Paris Climate Agreement

A Washington Post-ABC News poll found Americans, by a 56-31 margin, want the U.S. to stay in the pollution-cutting pact. Another poll found 61 percent, counter to Trump, want the EPA's powers strengthened or preserved.

In Passing

2016 in Texas: 3rd warmest year, a slew of weather and climate disasters

2016 was the second warmest year on record in the contiguous 48 states, NOAA reported. Besides having its third warmest year since 1895, Texas experienced nearly half of of the nation’s costliest meteorological events.

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Perry and Pruitt: Texas, Oklahoma may call the climate tune under Trump

With the former Texas governor as energy secretary and Oklahoma’s attorney general leading the EPA, the similar climate-change approaches of their adjoining states may foretell rapid and radical shifts at the federal level.

In Passing RECORDS

Readings through November: 2016 is likely to be hottest year on record

“Long-term indicators of human-caused climate change, including record carbon dioxide concentrations, and glacier melt, and low sea ice, continued” this year, the Geneva-based World Meteorological Organization reported.

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New poll shows Exxon CEO is closer to public opinion on climate than Trump

U.S. voters and Rex Tillerson, nominated to be secretary of state, favor actions to fight climate change that Donald Trump opposes. Could the Texas executive nudge Trump toward climate action? Exxon’s critics scoff at the idea.

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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.

In Passing

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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