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Signs of the times: Edgy sloganeering at Houston’s March for Science

An estimated 15,000 pro-science marchers rallied in Houston on Earth Day. It was one of hundreds of such events – billed as nonpartisan, but with a sharp anti-Trump message on many homemade signs. A TCN photo essay.

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Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s approach to climate issues coming into focus

As he did during his tenure as Texas governor, Perry is touting an “all-of-the-above” energy strategy as a member of Donald Trump’s cabinet. That put the U.S. at odds with other G7 officials at a meeting in Rome.

In Passing

State, city leaders square off over Trump’s move to kill Clean Power Plan

While Texas Gov. Greg Abbott hailed the action to end the Obama initiative, Houston’s Sylvester Turner and Austin’s Steve Adler were among U.S. mayors affirming the plan and the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement.

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Public opinion diverges from Trump budget’s policy outline on climate, energy

Americans’ concern about global warming is growing, according to a new Gallup poll. But the Trump administration’s spending plan would bring dramatic cuts in federal programs to address the issue.

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New year brings hottest February and winter on record in Texas

Cold winters are growing rarer in the U.S., according to an international group of scientists who concluded “human-caused climate change played a role in the extreme heat that warmed much of the United States in February.”

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Ignoring the experts: New EPA chief denies CO2 is main warming cause

Oklahoman Scott Pruitt hinted the Trump administration may launch a full-scale attack on the sweeping scientific consensus about human causes of climate change that underpins federal climate-protection rules.

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Trump seems unlikely to embrace establishment Republicans’ climate plan

A carbon tax endorsed by GOP heavyweights James Baker, George Shultz and Henry Paulson – following earlier support for the idea from former Republican EPA chiefs – faces long odds, at least in the near term.

Features

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.

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Trump, Congress tee up climate science for some hits; scientists push back

Scientific-integrity advocates are alarmed by early signs, such as a plan for political appointees to review EPA scientists’ work before publication. That recalled a climate-science scandal in George W. Bush’s White House.

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Strong signs of Trump’s resolve to gut Obama’s climate-protection programs

The new administration’s energy blueprint, added to the White House website soon after the inauguration, calls Obama’s collection of climate initiatives “harmful and unnecessary.” Then came reports of fast action to end them.

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Sizzling streak: Third year in a row, a new planetary hottest-year record

More important than single-year records, manmade warming trends “since the 1970s are continuing and have not paused in any way,” a top NASA scientist said. Will the Trump administration heed those findings?

In Passing

Large majority opposes Trump’s pledge to get out of Paris Climate Agreement

A Washington Post-ABC News poll found Americans, by a 56-31 margin, want the U.S. to stay in the pollution-cutting pact. Another poll found 61 percent, counter to Trump, want the EPA's powers strengthened or preserved.

In Passing

2016 in Texas: 3rd warmest year, a slew of weather and climate disasters

2016 was the second warmest year on record in the contiguous 48 states, NOAA reported. Besides having its third warmest year since 1895, Texas experienced nearly half of of the nation’s costliest meteorological events.

Features

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.

In Passing

Readings through November: 2016 is likely to be hottest year on record

“Long-term indicators of human-caused climate change, including record carbon dioxide concentrations, and glacier melt, and low sea ice, continued” this year, the Geneva-based World Meteorological Organization reported.

Features

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.

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Trump now sees pollution-warming link, professes “open mind” on Paris pact

The president-elect was poised to enter the White House as denier-in-chief on climate change and avowed enemy of climate action. In an interview with the New York Times, however, were hints of a possibly changing stance.

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Trump won. He’s an archenemy of climate protection. OK, now what?

With a big-league climate-change denier and fossil-fuels fan as president, the consequences will be enormous – even if they're still incompletely known. TCN’s Washington correspondent, Joseph A. Davis, surveys the road ahead.

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Climate denial in the White House, plus a rundown on other election outcomes

Trump’s victory with proposals reflecting his repeated denial of climate science and climate change was by far the election’s crucial climate/energy result. State, local votes in Texas and elsewhere produced a mixed picture.

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It’s Trump vs. Clinton on climate. (And Trump vs. George H.W. Bush)

The presidential election pits one major party candidate who says climate change is a hoax against another who says it’s a threat. Donald Trump also dramatically differs from the first President Bush’s climate legacy.

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