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October 19, 2018

A ‘daunting’ challenge: What the major new climate report means for Texas

The world's leading scientific body on climate change said “rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society” are needed to avoid the most severe impacts. We asked Texas experts for their assessments.

October 8, 2018 GREENING DENTON

Sustainable Schools, an education program in Denton – fourth in a series

“Greening Denton” is a project by University of North Texas journalism students in collaboration with TCN, focusing on the city's renewable power plan. This final installment's video report looks at a complementary effort.

October 2, 2018 Greening Denton

Fracking, coal, batteries and the future of fossil fuels – third in a series

“Greening Denton” is a multimedia project by University of North Texas journalism students in collaboration with TCN about Denton's plan to use 100 percent renewables for electricity. This third installment includes a pair of podcasts.

September 28, 2018 Greening Denton

Does natural gas fit with ‘100 percent renewable?’ – second in a series

“Greening Denton” is a multimedia project by University of North Texas journalism students in collaboration with Texas Climate News. This second installment includes an article, two video mini-documentaries and a podcast.

September 26, 2018 GREENING DENTON

Denton strives for 100 percent renewable power – first in a series

“Greening Denton” is a multimedia project by University of North Texas journalism students in collaboration with Texas Climate News. This introductory installment includes an article, interactive map, podcast and video.

August 23, 2018

Football and heat: Can the two coexist in Texas’ hotter future?

A heat-illness prevention center gave Texas low marks for risk-reduction policies for high school athletes. Texas officials say they monitor and review all recommendations. They don't yet consider climate change, however.

August 8, 2018

Endangered Texas species vulnerable to climate change, weaker legal protection

Critics of the U.S. Endangered Species Act paint it as controversial, but opinion polls show it has strong public support. Despite its popularity, the law faces a major, multifaceted attack from the White House and Congress.

July 27, 2018

Texas water woes: Don’t look for easy answers, author says

With water demand increasing and drier conditions projected in a changing climate, the growing Lone Star State illustrates challenges facing the whole nation. TCN interviews Seamus McGraw about his new book, “A Thirsty Land.”

March 16, 2018

Texas’ shoreline is swamped by plastic trash – the most of any state

Currents deposit about 10 times more marine debris on the Lone Star coast than the eastern Gulf. Neil Strassman reports from an international conference in San Diego on plastic and other rubbish in oceans, lakes and rivers.

March 5, 2018

Their skepticism waning, TV forecasters increasingly talk climate change

Broadcast meteorologists' views on climate change are evolving and so is the way they teach about climate science in their forecasts. Young people, especially, are eager for the lessons, one San Antonio forecaster said.

February 18, 2018 AAAS IN AUSTIN

Dispatches from the American Association for the Advancement of Science

The AAAS annual meeting, premier science gathering in the United States, was held this year in Austin. Ruth SoRelle, a veteran medical and science journalist, covered it for TCN in this updated series of reports.

February 18, 2018 AAAS IN AUSTIN

Materials like personal care products are now a dominant source of air pollution

In a surprising finding, researchers determined products including pesticides, coatings, cleaning agents and personal care products make up the bulk of a key kind of air pollution in industrialized cities.

January 31, 2018

Rising ocean temperatures threaten sea turtles’ long-term reproduction

Reproduction could become increasingly challenging for sea turtles, including those that nest on Texas beaches, if warming oceans cause a dangerous drop in the number of male turtles, biologists warn.

January 12, 2018

What comes after capitalism? An interview with UT’s Raj Patel

A challenging new book co-written by Patel, a professor, writer and activist at the LBJ School, argues that our economic system can’t survive the looming end of “cheap things,” including “cheap nature” and “cheap energy.”

November 9, 2017

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.

October 13, 2017

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

In 2008, TCN’s first article explored whether Hurricane Ike would change minds. Nine years on, with many Texas leaders still dismissing or denying dangers of climate disruption, we ask if a more devastating storm will do that.

August 4, 2017

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.

July 5, 2017

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.

June 2, 2017

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.

February 10, 2017

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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