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Citizen scientists volunteer to help track the effects of climate change

Scientists studying impacts of climate change on Texas habitats and wildlife can use some help. Enter citizen science – projects in which non-experts volunteer to help collect scientific data. Melissa Gaskill reports.

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Did Harvey change minds? Only somewhat, a climate-action campaigner says

Harvey reinforced what Houstonians concerned about climate change already knew, said Stephanie Thomas of the Houston Climate Movement. She believes it also has "some new folks wondering a little louder" about its impacts.

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Did Harvey change minds? An anthropologist finds more climate-change awareness

Dominic Boyer has been doing research among victims of Harvey's floods. Many, even if they weren't concerned before, told him the storm's destruction “really brought home the stakes of climate change for life in Houston.”

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Did Harvey change minds? A leader of a key green group in Houston sees a shift

Rachel Powers says acknowledgment of climate change is growing. She is executive director of Citizens’ Environmental Coalition, a 47-year-old alliance of more than 100 nonprofit, government and educational groups.

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Did Harvey change minds? A veteran public-opinion expert’s perspective

TCN asked knowledgeable Houstonians if Hurricane Harvey, which struck a year ago, has notably influenced local views on climate change. One was Stephen Klineberg, who founded the 38-year-old Kinder Houston Area Survey.

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Football and heat: Can the two coexist in Texas’ hotter future?

A heat-illness prevention center gave Texas low marks for risk-reduction policies for high school athletes. Texas officials say they monitor and review all recommendations. They don't yet consider climate change, however.

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California’s in the 2018 spotlight for wildfires, but Texas has the most

Texas leads the nation in the number of wildfires this year, according to a federal interagency center. Experts blame climate change and population growth in wildfire-prone areas for increasing wildfire threats.

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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.

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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.”

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Tropical storms’ forward movement has slowed, boosting rainfall, flooding

Tropical cyclones have slowed down as temperatures rose, a new study found. Harvey was “a notable example” of higher flood risks as this “stall” phenomenon combined with extra water vapor added to storms by climate warming.

In Passing

New national poll: Record-high numbers see human hand in climate change

The survey found a big and growing partisan divide on basic questions about climate change. Overall, 73 percent now say there is "solid evidence" of global warming – 50 percent of Republicans, 90 percent of Democrats.

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Blistering heat, heavy rains girdle the globe in summer of weather extremes

From Houston to Japan, flooding and heatwaves on several continents illustrated the kinds of events that researchers warn are growing more severe and frequent because of manmade climate disruption.

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Global costs of sea-level rise could reach $27 trillion, scientists project

Continued high emissions of greenhouse gases would hit "upper middle income" countries like China with the biggest costs, and economies of developing coastal nations would also be harmed, the U.K. institute researchers said.

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30 years later, climate scientist James Hansen is still sounding the alarm

On a scorching day in 1988, Hansen memorably told Congress manmade global warming was almost surely happening. To mark the 30th anniversary of his testimony, here are excerpts from TCN's 2009 interview with him.

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New research increases concerns about sea-level rise along the Texas coast

Texas officials don't like to discuss the role of human activities in causing seas to rise. But as research findings continue to accumulate, like a new study on the melting of Antarctic ice, science is filling their silence.

In Passing

Gulf fish populations among those shifting in response to climate change

Fish are sensitive to water temperature and, as climate change warms ocean waters, their distribution is changing. A recent study projects some species off U.S. coasts shifting northward to more suitable temperature ranges.

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Texas is a ‘hot zone’ for diseases borne by mosquitoes, ticks and fleas

Nationally, disease cases caused by these creatures tripled from 2004-16, a recent federal study found. With global temperatures rising, Texas is “at the epicenter of vector-borne diseases,” says a Houston expert.

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Finding Harvey’s rains matched Gulf evaporation, scientists issue warning

Researchers at the National Center for Atmospheric Research added to the chorus of those saying we aren’t doing enough to prepare for hurricanes dangerously “supercharged” by ocean waters warmed by climate change.

In Passing

Impact of changing climate on bee populations remains poorly understood

Bumblebees are key pollinators, helping restock blueberries, tomatoes, peppers and other plants. Data suggest they may be dwindling in Texas. New research seeks to plug knowledge gaps and identify conservation priorities.

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Bloomberg jabs at Trump’s climate record in Rice address on honor, honesty

Speaking to the Houston university's 2018 class, former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg said honesty is "a patriotic responsibility" and Americans "should demand that politicians have the honesty to respect" science.

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