In Passing

Gleanings and shorter reports from TCN

February 5, 2016

Is climate change making El Niños worse? That remains a scientific mystery

“The issue of whether El Niños will become more or less frequent or more or less intense under global warming is far from clear,” Texas’ state climatologist says. TCN senior editor Randy Lee Loftis examines the subject.

October 26, 2015

Texas wind, showcased in Obama’s business climate pledge, reaches milestone

Wind’s portion of the state’s electricity use set a new record at one point. Meanwhile, several companies’ White House pledges to cut climate pollution indicated Texas wind is a key part of their low-carbon strategies.

October 22, 2015

National agreement that climate is changing hits all-time high in UT poll

The latest UT Energy Poll found 76 percent nationally, 69 percent in Texas, think climate change is happening. The poll’s release came just before scientists said 2015 will almost surely be the hottest year on record.

October 14, 2015

Texas can easily meet EPA’s CO2 rules — and cash in, too, EDF report says

Texas has already taken big steps toward meeting Clean Power Plan requirements years before they take effect, according to the Environmental Defense Fund. Randy Lee Loftis reports for TCN. [Updated]

August 12, 2015

“Drought’s over” joy short-lived – drought’s creeping back into Texas

It was nice while it lasted – the first drought-free map of Texas since 2010. But since it was published, drought and “abnormally dry” conditions have returned to East Texas, prompting a rise in outdoor burn bans.

July 18, 2015

2014: Record warmth on land and sea, rising seas and greenhouse gases

You wouldn’t know it by focusing on Texas, but evidence continued to accumulate elsewhere, supporting the scientific consensus that fossil-fuel pollution is warming the planet, according to NOAA’s “State of the Climate.”

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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