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Stay or go? Texas Republicans offer competing advice on Paris climate pact

Donald Trump promised to take the U.S. out of the pollution-cutting Paris Climate Agreement. After being lobbied by Pope Francis and other world leaders to stay in the pact, Trump said he’d finally decide shortly.

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Wheat or chaff? Weighing the substance of Trump’s actions on climate, energy

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Texas conservation pioneer’s ’90s words echo in 2017’s environmental debates

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Signs of the times: Edgy sloganeering at Houston’s March for Science

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Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s approach to climate issues coming into focus

As he did during his tenure as Texas governor, Perry is touting an “all-of-the-above” energy strategy as a member of Donald Trump’s cabinet. That put the U.S. at odds with other G7 officials at a meeting in Rome.

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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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Public opinion diverges from Trump budget’s policy outline on climate, energy

Americans’ concern about global warming is growing, according to a new Gallup poll. But the Trump administration’s spending plan would bring dramatic cuts in federal programs to address the issue.

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New year brings hottest February and winter on record in Texas

Cold winters are growing rarer in the U.S., according to an international group of scientists who concluded “human-caused climate change played a role in the extreme heat that warmed much of the United States in February.”

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Ignoring the experts: New EPA chief denies CO2 is main warming cause

Oklahoman Scott Pruitt hinted the Trump administration may launch a full-scale attack on the sweeping scientific consensus about human causes of climate change that underpins federal climate-protection rules.

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Trump seems unlikely to embrace establishment Republicans’ climate plan

A carbon tax endorsed by GOP heavyweights James Baker, George Shultz and Henry Paulson – following earlier support for the idea from former Republican EPA chiefs – faces long odds, at least in the near term.

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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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Trump, Congress tee up climate science for some hits; scientists push back

Scientific-integrity advocates are alarmed by early signs, such as a plan for political appointees to review EPA scientists’ work before publication. That recalled a climate-science scandal in George W. Bush’s White House.

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Strong signs of Trump’s resolve to gut Obama’s climate-protection programs

The new administration’s energy blueprint, added to the White House website soon after the inauguration, calls Obama’s collection of climate initiatives “harmful and unnecessary.” Then came reports of fast action to end them.

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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.

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Q&A: Authors of a new atlas – The Texas Landscape Project: Nature and People

Writer David Todd and mapmaker Jonathan Ogren spoke with TCN’s Bill Dawson. Their book covers “the natural history, environmental richness, and manifold conservation dilemmas confronting the Lone Star State today.”

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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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Indigenous runners’ trek promotes community, environmental restoration

Peace & Dignity Journey participants, traversing the Americas, brought their message of Native unity, healing, coexistence, and nature’s sacredness and balance to Texas. Greg Harman reports from San Antonio.

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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).

In Passing RECORDS

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.

In Passing RECORDS

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.

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