TCN Journal

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May 1, 2017

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

Terry Hershey’s 1994 thoughts on the 25th anniversary of Earth Day – a time when environmental battles much like today’s were raging – still seem fresh. Hershey, who died in January at 94, was recently honored in Houston.

April 25, 2017

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

An estimated 15,000 pro-science marchers rallied in Houston on Earth Day. It was one of hundreds of such events – billed as nonpartisan, but with a sharp anti-Trump message on many homemade signs. A TCN photo essay.

April 14, 2017

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.

March 23, 2017

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.

March 13, 2017

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.”

March 11, 2017

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.

February 27, 2017

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.

February 3, 2017 DC DISPATCHES

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.

January 24, 2017

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.

January 19, 2017

Sizzling streak: Third year in a row, a new planetary hottest-year record

More important than single-year records, manmade warming trends “since the 1970s are continuing and have not paused in any way,” a top NASA scientist said. Will the Trump administration heed those findings?

November 22, 2016

Trump now sees pollution-warming link, professes “open mind” on Paris pact

The president-elect was poised to enter the White House as denier-in-chief on climate change and avowed enemy of climate action. In an interview with the New York Times, however, were hints of a possibly changing stance.

November 16, 2016 DC DISPATCHES

Trump won. He’s an archenemy of climate protection. OK, now what?

With a big-league climate-change denier and fossil-fuels fan as president, the consequences will be enormous – even if they're still incompletely known. TCN’s Washington correspondent, Joseph A. Davis, surveys the road ahead.

November 14, 2016

Climate denial in the White House, plus a rundown on other election outcomes

Trump’s victory with proposals reflecting his repeated denial of climate science and climate change was by far the election’s crucial climate/energy result. State, local votes in Texas and elsewhere produced a mixed picture.

November 8, 2016

It’s Trump vs. Clinton on climate. (And Trump vs. George H.W. Bush)

The presidential election pits one major party candidate who says climate change is a hoax against another who says it’s a threat. Donald Trump also dramatically differs from the first President Bush’s climate legacy.

October 27, 2016

UT poll: Millennials lead on public agreement that climate is changing

Younger voters “have strong feelings about energy issues, especially climate change,” the biannual poll's director said. “If they show up at the polls, they could significantly influence the outcome of this election.”

September 23, 2016 RECORDS

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

2016 has a good chance to top 2015 as the year with the highest global temperature. According to NOAA, this year’s January-August and June-August periods were the hottest such spans on record – for any year since 1880.

September 18, 2016

TCN editor receives national award for outstanding environmental reporting

The Sierra Club cited Bill Dawson and TCN for raising awareness of climate change issues. Other recent recipients of its David R. Brower Award include a former editor of The Guardian and a staff writer for The New Yorker.

August 29, 2016

“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.”

August 12, 2016

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.

August 3, 2016 HEALTH+CLIMATE

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.

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