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Electric bullet train would bring Texas to the forefront of sustainable travel

Construction on the Houston-Dallas rail line could start late this year, the company behind the project has said. A study projected it would replace enough highway travel to achieve a net saving in energy use.

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In Texas even the mildest climate bills face near-certain death

Several bills dealing with climate change are going nowhere in the 2019 Legislature. The same fate met such proposals in other recent sessions. Just planning for worse heat and flooding can sometimes be too hot for lawmakers to touch.

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Students rally worldwide for climate action: Houston’s event in pictures

Young people in Texas joined hundreds of thousands of others across the U.S. and around the world in cutting class (or, for some, skipping Spring Break recreation) to demand more vigorous action against climate change.

In Passing

Climate change, warming oceans and an iconic, endangered sea turtle

Scientists are examining the negative impacts of warmer waters on marine ecosystems. One study recorded a dramatic increase in temperature-linked strandings of Kemp's Ridley turtles, a rare species that mainly nests in Texas.

TCN Journal

Rising temperatures threaten health of fetuses, researchers say

An international team of researchers projected as much as a 35 percent increase in newborns with heart malformations in a region including Texas. Two medical experts in Houston told TCN the finding is cause for concern.

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Carbon tax to fight climate change faces dim prospects in the new Congress

Some environmentalists have long backed a carbon tax. Some big oil companies are now on board. But the newer "Green New Deal" proposal may be sapping the tax idea's momentum. TCN's Washington correspondent reports.

In Passing

Border-wall brawl dominates attention amid more climate-migration reports

A congressional watchdog agency. A scientific journal. National Geographic. These were some of the recent publishers of new reports as researchers and journalists examine ways climate change is propelling migration.

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Some wildlife areas in Rio Grande Valley spared wall construction – for now

Rep. Henry Cuellar of Laredo secured statutory reprieves for some areas protecting the region's rich biodiversity. Other conservation tracts, however, are potentially vulnerable to President Trump's “emergency” declaration.

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New studies: Migratory birds face multiple threats from climate change

The findings are especially relevant in Texas. Some two billion birds migrate over the U.S. Gulf Coast each spring. The highest traffic occurs in Texas, with as many as 26,000 birds per kilometer of airspace each night.

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Elsewhere: Introducing our occasional selections of climate news beyond Texas

Texas Climate News is Texas-centric. How could we not be? Texas is the first word in our name. We also pay attention to goings-on beyond our state's borders, of course. And with articles tagged “Elsewhere,” we're doing that in a new way.

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Warming oceans, melting ice: New studies record hurricane-boosting trends

New research on rising ocean temperatures and melting ice in Arctic and Antarctic regions underscores warnings that Harvey and Ike were harbingers of what climate change has in store for Texas and other coastal locations.

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Recent polls find growing embrace of climate science, climate action

Texas' governor wouldn't say if he thinks climate change is fueling weather disasters: “I'm not a scientist.” Texas scientists told him firmly that it is. National polls indicate public opinion moving in the scientists' direction.

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For more livable cities, landscape architect says answer the call of the wild

Kevin Sloan of Dallas is a big proponent of "rewilding," a practice of designing green space to attract wildlife and reframe cities. Austin journalist Asher Elbein talked with Sloan about the meaning and promise of the concept.

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50 years ago, an image of a blue planet inspired environmental awareness

On Christmas Eve 1968, astronaut Bill Anders captured an iconic image, Earthrise. It helped catalyze “whole Earth” consciousness, dominated today by climate concerns. Later photos by U.S. astronauts reinforced its influence.

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Happy birthday to us! Texas Climate News is now 10 years old

Our commitment to fact-based journalism continues with the same goal we stated in 2008 – “to help inform the public dialogue that's unfolding as Texans confront a changing climate and work to build more sustainable futures.”

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Renewable energy’s future still shines bright in Texas, UT expert says

Despite Trump administration efforts to boost coal’s share of the energy pie, cost factors continue to be a daunting challenge. Moreover, Republicans in Texas like renewables, even if they don’t say it, says Joshua Rhodes.

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Texas in the National Climate Assessment: Gleanings from 1,600 pages

“Earth’s climate is now changing faster than at any point in the history of modern civilization, primarily as a result of human activities,” the report says. We selected key passages and graphics relevant to Texas.

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Dallas’ Johnson aims to put House Science Committee back in tune with … science

U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson is expected to chair the Science Committee when Democrats assume control of the House. Quite unlike the current chair, Texan Lamar Smith, she accepts mainstream climate science.

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Cruz-O’Rourke Senate race gives Texans dramatic choice on climate issues

Ted Cruz rejects the scientific consensus on manmade climate change and opposes measures to limit it. Beto O'Rourke accepts the consensus and calls for urgent action to address "the defining existential threat of our time."

Features

Migrant caravans, climate change, food security – and the future

Caravans of Central American migrants continue trekking toward the U.S. It's another dramatic reminder, experts say, that climate disruption is a major driver for such desperate emigration — with more to come.

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