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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.

September 22, 2014 TCN INTERVIEW

Bill McKibben: Activist, author, People’s Climate March organizer

The People’s Climate March in September was billed as “the largest climate march in history.” An estimated 400,000 marched in New York, plus tens of thousands in more than 2,800 events in 166 countries.

June 24, 2014

Supreme Court gives EPA another victory in Texas’ bid to thwart CO2 rules

The federal agency got "almost everything it wanted,” Justice Antonin Scalia said of a 7-2 ruling that upheld a key part of the Obama administration's regulations to cut industrial emissions of climate-altering pollution.

April 30, 2014

Environmentalists, property-rights advocates joining forces for Legislature

Longtime, mostly urban, environmental advocates traded policy ideas recently with property-rights activists from rural areas. Will the fledgling alliance have staying power? San Antonio writer Greg Harman reports.

April 12, 2014

Texas and the IPCC’s report on impacts, adaptation and vulnerability

The report "highlights how climate change is expected to interact with, and in many cases exacerbate, problems we already struggle with today in Texas," Texas Tech scientist Katharine Hayhoe told TCN.

October 12, 2013

Scientists’ sweeping new climate report: What does it mean for Texas?

A U.N.-sponsored panel, comprising researchers from 39 countries, said scientists are now 95 percent certain that humans are the main cause of global warming. TCN asked Texas climate experts for their reactions to the report.

October 4, 2013 TCN INTERVIEW

Stefan Wray: Organizer of an Austin symposium on adapting to climate change

The aim of the conference, planned in response to a class assignment at UT's LBJ School, was to identify "collaborative solutions" to help make the Austin region more resilient to the impacts of climate change.

September 3, 2013 TCN Interview

Chris Sonnier: Program manager of Austin’s SXSW Eco conference

South by Southwest (often, just SXSW) famously showcases music, film and digital technologies each March. SXSW Eco, scheduled Oct. 7-9 this year, has a broader aim – helping to achieve "a sustainable and prosperous future."

July 3, 2013

Stranded costs: Can the socioeconomic solar divide be bridged?

As another threat to rooftop solar power is blocked in San Antonio, a nationwide question looms: What will become of utility claims that programs encouraging residential solar hurt the poor? Greg Harman examines the issues for TCN.

June 17, 2013 TCN Interview

Jim Blackburn: Environmental attorney, advocate, author, professor

The Houstonian discussed a voluntary, market-based initiative that would conserve natural areas near the coast to buffer storm surges and offset greenhouse emissions. A Rice University conference addressed the concept.

May 15, 2013

A water generation gap portends confrontation between Texas’ past, future

Austin-based journalist Ari Phillips, reporting on his recent travels in Central Texas, examines the Hill Country's famed springs as a microcosm of complex water issues facing all of the state and most of the Western U.S.

April 17, 2013

New polls: Most accept scientific view that Earth’s climate is changing

There was some ambiguity in the combined picture that emerged from the surveys regarding public opinion on the seriousness of the threats that climate change poses and what should be done about it.

February 10, 2013

A tale told in maps and charts: Texas in the National Climate Assessment

Don't have time to go through the new, 1,146-page National Climate Assessment to get an idea of what it says about Texas? TCN did it for you, locating and selecting a representative sample of pertinent graphics.

November 24, 2012

Sandy + election results = re-energized talk of action against climate change

Environmentalists worked to defeat candidates dubbed "climate-change deniers," including a Texan. National polls show more concern about climate change. And a "carbon tax" is being discussed, with Exxon-Mobil among the backers.

October 21, 2012

Texas landfills and dairy farms: A tale of two potential energy sources

The organic waste on dairy farms and in landfills can yield a treasured resource – methane, main component of natural gas. David Barer examines the subject for Texas Climate News and Reporting Texas.

August 21, 2012 TCN Interview

A. Marm Kilpatrick: Researcher on West Nile virus and climate change

The biologist answered TCN's questions about the outbreak of West Nile virus in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, explaining what scientists know – and have yet to learn – about links between climate and the mosquito-borne disease.

August 6, 2012

Galveston: Rising Gulf, coastal erosion complicate development planning

Still recovering from Hurricane Ike, the island city faces issues common along Texas' perennially storm-threatened coast. Residents and officials confront interrelated natural hazards in deciding where building occurs.

June 29, 2012

Aquifer’s decline spells big changes in Panhandle farming, UT study finds

Depletion of Ogallala groundwater heralds reduced irrigation. Coupled with higher projected temperatures, this will force many farmers to turn to dryland agiculture with drought-tolerant crops, one researcher predicts.

June 15, 2012 TCN Interview

John Nielsen-Gammon: State climatologist and Texas A&M professor

Nielsen-Gammon talked with TCN about global warming's impacts on Texas, his support for "cheap, affordable alternative energy" and worries about climate-change skepticism, the state's water-supply challenges and the summer weather outlook.

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