TCN Journal

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June 18, 2018

New research increases concerns about sea-level rise along the Texas coast

Texas officials don't like to discuss the role of human activities in causing seas to rise. But as research findings continue to accumulate, like a new study on the melting of Antarctic ice, science is filling their silence.

June 7, 2018 HEALTH+CLIMATE

Texas is a ‘hot zone’ for diseases borne by mosquitoes, ticks and fleas

Nationally, disease cases caused by these creatures tripled from 2004-16, a recent federal study found. With global temperatures rising, Texas is “at the epicenter of vector-borne diseases,” says a Houston expert.

May 25, 2018

Finding Harvey’s rains matched Gulf evaporation, scientists issue warning

Researchers at the National Center for Atmospheric Research added to the chorus of those saying we aren’t doing enough to prepare for hurricanes dangerously “supercharged” by ocean waters warmed by climate change.

May 15, 2018

Bloomberg jabs at Trump’s climate record in Rice address on honor, honesty

Speaking to the Houston university's 2018 class, former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg said honesty is "a patriotic responsibility" and Americans "should demand that politicians have the honesty to respect" science.

May 1, 2018 HEALTH+CLIMATE

Occupational health physicians respond to climate-change challenges

Dr. William Brett Perkison of UTHealth School of Public Health in Houston discussed new protocols that experts in his field are developing for a warming world. “Houston is a poster child for not having prepared,” he told TCN.

April 26, 2018 DC DISPATCHES

Trump administration targets Obama-era rules to limit methane emissions

The efforts to delay or rescind regulations on the potent greenhouse pollutant from oil and gas operations remain embroiled in court fights. Meanwhile, environmentalists plan to launch a methane-sensing satellite.

April 15, 2018

New Gallup Poll finds partisan divide over global warming continues to grow

The polling results are no surprise, says Sheril Kirshenbaum, former director of the UT Energy Poll. They reflect an increasingly polarized political landscape where “we're influenced more by how we feel than facts.”

March 23, 2018

Scientists continue hunt for causes of die-off at marine sanctuary in Gulf

Members of many species perished at the Flower Garden Banks in the “highly localized mortality event” in 2016. The protected area's coral reefs are relatively healthy, but coral is stressed by climate change worldwide.

March 13, 2018

Trump’s plan to expand offshore drilling: Will it fish or cut bait?

Problems began quickly for the proposal. Many coastal states don’t want offshore drilling. Oil prices and lawsuits also tangle the issue. TCN’s Washington correspondent, Joseph A. Davis, unravels and explains it.

February 26, 2018

Scientists: More protection needed just to keep river-flood risks the same

Texans know well the devastation river flooding can bring. A new study says climate change caused by past greenhouse-gas emissions will greatly increase risks from storm-swollen rivers in North America and elsewhere.

January 25, 2018

Trump’s dismissal of climate concerns likely to hit headwind at Davos forum

In advance of the president’s appearance at the annual meeting of global leaders, new reports confirmed Earth’s continuing warming trend and ranked climate and weather hazards among the biggest dangers facing the planet.

January 11, 2018

Rick Perry’s plan to prop up declining coal, nuclear industries proves DOA

Texans were among many praising independent regulators' rejection of the energy secretary's claim that closing coal and nuclear plants imperils “grid reliability.” But coal is scoring other big wins with the administration.

January 5, 2018 CITIES+CLIMATE

Texas’ suburbs outpace central urban areas as greenhouse-gas producers

Long commutes and big homes help push CO2 emissions higher in outlying areas. A few local initiatives in Texas seek to steer new development toward inner cities, but research suggests cutting emissions requires more than that.

December 28, 2017

Texan among first recipients of French president’s climate-research grants

Biologist Camille Parmesan praised the “proactive engagement” of Emmanuel Macron's "Make Our Planet Great Again" initiative. He launched the grant program in response to Trump administration cuts in climate research.

December 24, 2017

Getting toastier in Santa Land. (Well, less frigid, as melting speeds up)

Researchers are documenting “unprecedented" disruptions to the Arctic ecosystem due to warming air and shrinking sea ice. A summary and reading guide to new reports about how climate change is transforming the Far North.

December 20, 2017

GOP tax bill leaves most energy subsidies intact – fossil and renewable

Wind, solar, gas and oil production – all important in Texas – have long competed on the battleground of subsidies and tax breaks. None comes out of the tussle over Republicans' tax overhaul with a notable new advantage.

December 8, 2017

Two new studies: Manmade warming made Harvey’s rainfall much worse

Two research efforts – one with involvement by Houston's Rice University – concluded climate change increased the storm's severity. A national opinion poll, meanwhile, found 54 percent of the public already held that view.

December 4, 2017

Conservatives tout carbon tax but draw critics on both left and right

A Rice University forum examined the possibilities of market-based solutions to climate change. But from the left come attacks on the profit motive, from the right disbelief about the underlying science.

November 28, 2017

Coal’s place in Texas’ electricity-generation mix grows ever shakier

The Trump administration insists there’s been a "war on coal" that needs to end. A leading Texas power generator blames something more basic for coal's decline: increasing supplies of cheaper natural gas and renewables.

November 22, 2017

House Science Chair Lamar Smith retires: Whither the attack on climate science?

The Texas congressman is an especially outspoken critic of climate science. But as our Washington correspondent reports, absent Democratic takeover of the House, his panel will likely remain a friendly platform for skeptics.

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