In Passing

Gleanings and shorter reports from TCN

July 13, 2015

Goodbye to Galveston? Reports hint at future sea-level impacts in Texas

One team of researchers concluded that sea levels rose 20 feet in the distant past when air temperatures increased by the amount that international negotiators want to set as the limit for current global warming.

June 23, 2015

How are Texas cities doing in their energy-efficiency efforts?

As a group, six big cities in the state did all right in a pro-efficiency group’s latest scorecard ranking of major municipal governments. Efficiency is one way states can meet rules to cut power plants’ climate pollution.

June 14, 2015

Can a world map help explain doubting perspectives on climate change?

A NOAA map shows most of the planet was warmer than average in the first four months of 2015 – the warmest January-through-April on record. But parts of North America stand out dramatically as cooler than average.

May 31, 2015

Analysis finds heaviest downpours more frequent in Texas, 39 other states

Researchers: Texas rains, consistent with El Niño, also “suggest a possible climate change signal, where a warming atmosphere becomes more saturated with water vapor and capable of previously unimagined downpours.”

May 31, 2015 Mosaic

“Sustainability,” in all its variety, is taking root at Texas universities

The concept means different things to different people. Some like it. Some don’t. As the first installment in TCN’s new Mosaic feature, we present a mosaic image of higher-education activities under the “sustainability” flag.

May 31, 2015

Pop quiz: Which Texas president first comes to mind regarding climate change?

Both of the presidents named Bush are worthy answers. Both dealt with climate change in different ways, after all. But the first occupant of the White House to speak out on the issue was another Texan.

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