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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.

May 11, 2016 HEALTH+CLIMATE

Climate change and globalization driving tropical diseases toward Texas

West Nile. Dengue. Chikungunya. And now Zika is adding to concerns about tropical diseases in the U.S. Researchers say more resources are needed to monitor mosquito-borne illnesses. First in our new series, Health+Climate.

December 16, 2015 THE PARIS CONFERENCE

Americans in Paris: A European journalist’s assessment of the US role

In an exclusive analysis for Texas Climate News, Bernhard Poetter of the German newspaper Die Tageszeitung describes “how the U.S. delegation at the climate talks got its groove back. And where they put on the brakes.”

December 13, 2015 THE PARIS CONFERENCE

Historic moment: 195 nations agree to limit warming, turn from fossil fuels

Virtually all nations on Earth supported an agreement to transform humanity’s use of energy in a bid to avoid the most devastating impacts of man-made climate change.

December 12, 2015 THE PARIS CONFERENCE

The climate agreement – ultimately, it all boils down to temperature

Limit warming to 2 degrees Celsius? Or 1.5? As recent temperature statistics and scientific assessments have underscored, achieving either goal will present daunting, historic challenges on a monumental scale.

October 2, 2015 CITIES+CLIMATE

Houston’s mayor, soon to leave office, continues push for climate action

Annise Parker has waged a tenure-long effort to promote Houston’s actions to cut greenhouse-gas emissions from municipal operations and to campaign for federal and international action against climate change.

September 16, 2015 CLIMATE MIGRANTS 1

Climate-forced migrations and prospect of refugee crises concern experts

Social conditions are blamed for driving thousands of children into Texas from Central America last year. But analysts warn future migrations could be much larger, prompted by the intensifying impacts of global warming.

September 16, 2015 CLIMATE MIGRANTS 2

Q&A: Refugees International, climate displacement program manager

Alice Thomas talked with TCN contributing editor Greg Harman about climate-driven migration. “The impact of climate change will largely be a function of underlying vulnerability of the population it affects,” she said.

August 18, 2015 CITIES+CLIMATE

Texas cities make climate-action strides, bypassing state leaders

Texas is known for state officials and members of Congress who oppose climate action. But a different story is unfolding locally. TCN’s new Cities+Climate series will examine how cities are engaging with climate issues.

August 3, 2015

Comply or not? Texas officials now must decide about emission rules

Will Texas officials, critical of the Obama administration’s new Clean Power Plan to overhaul the nation’s electric system, refuse to implement it? The state did that before with other emission regulations, only to back down.

July 6, 2015

Will Pope Francis inspire climate activism among Texas Catholics?

Will the pope’s recent encyclical find a receptive audience among Texans, especially climate-conscious Latinos, with its morality-based call to climate action to help the poor of the developing world? Greg Harman reports.

May 18, 2015

Ban on fracking bans would do much more to cut local authority, critics say

The impending demise of Denton’s brief ban on fracking is a potent example of the oil and gas industry’s continuing primacy in the state and reminder that those who challenge it risk forceful political blowback.

January 30, 2015 ELECTION ANALYSIS: CONGRESS

In the post-election climate tussle, polls are giving Obama an edge

November’s mid-term election, in which voters handed Republicans big majorities in both houses of Congress, set the stage for a multifaceted battle over climate change that’s just getting started.

November 12, 2014 ELECTION ANALYSIS: LOCAL VOTES

Denton voters’ decision to ban fracking: Harbinger or isolated event?

The ballot measure’s outcome in the North Texas city was closely watched – in Texas and beyond – for its possible influence in other local fights over the drilling method and significance for the broader climate issue.

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