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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.

January 6, 2017

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.

December 16, 2016

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.

November 7, 2016

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.

October 25, 2016 TCN INTERVIEW

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.”

September 30, 2016

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.

September 4, 2016

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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