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Scientists continue hunt for causes of die-off at marine sanctuary in Gulf

Members of many species perished at the Flower Garden Banks in the “highly localized mortality event” in 2016. The protected area's coral reefs are relatively healthy, but coral is stressed by climate change worldwide.

Features

Texas’ shoreline is swamped by plastic trash – the most of any state

Currents deposit about 10 times more marine debris on the Lone Star coast than the eastern Gulf. Neil Strassman reports from an international conference in San Diego on plastic and other rubbish in oceans, lakes and rivers.

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Trump’s plan to expand offshore drilling: Will it fish or cut bait?

Problems began quickly for the proposal. Many coastal states don’t want offshore drilling. Oil prices and lawsuits also tangle the issue. TCN’s Washington correspondent, Joseph A. Davis, unravels and explains it.

Features

Their skepticism waning, TV forecasters increasingly talk climate change

Broadcast meteorologists' views on climate change are evolving and so is the way they teach about climate science in their forecasts. Young people, especially, are eager for the lessons, one San Antonio forecaster said.

TCN Journal

Scientists: More protection needed just to keep river-flood risks the same

Texans know well the devastation river flooding can bring. A new study says climate change caused by past greenhouse-gas emissions will greatly increase risks from storm-swollen rivers in North America and elsewhere.

Features

Dispatches from the American Association for the Advancement of Science

The AAAS annual meeting, premier science gathering in the United States, was held this year in Austin. Ruth SoRelle, a veteran medical and science journalist, covered it for TCN in this updated series of reports.

Features

Materials like personal care products are now a dominant source of air pollution

In a surprising finding, researchers determined products including pesticides, coatings, cleaning agents and personal care products make up the bulk of a key kind of air pollution in industrialized cities.

In Passing

White House yanks nomination of Texan White for key environmental slot

Kathleen Hartnett White’s doubts about climate science drew opposition from scientists, environmentalists and Democrats. She faced an uphill climb in the Senate where several Republicans declined to commit to voting for her.

Features

Rising ocean temperatures threaten sea turtles’ long-term reproduction

Reproduction could become increasingly challenging for sea turtles, including those that nest on Texas beaches, if warming oceans cause a dangerous drop in the number of male turtles, biologists warn.

TCN Journal

Trump’s dismissal of climate concerns likely to hit headwind at Davos forum

In advance of the president’s appearance at the annual meeting of global leaders, new reports confirmed Earth’s continuing warming trend and ranked climate and weather hazards among the biggest dangers facing the planet.

In Passing

Texan Kathleen Hartnett White again faces a Senate confirmation gantlet

White’s stalled nomination to head the White House environmental council has drawn intense opposition from scientists and others. A Houston Chronicle editorial said she “recklessly dismisses” the threats of climate change.

Features

What comes after capitalism? An interview with UT’s Raj Patel

A challenging new book co-written by Patel, a professor, writer and activist at the LBJ School, argues that our economic system can’t survive the looming end of “cheap things,” including “cheap nature” and “cheap energy.”

TCN Journal

Rick Perry’s plan to prop up declining coal, nuclear industries proves DOA

Texans were among many praising independent regulators' rejection of the energy secretary's claim that closing coal and nuclear plants imperils “grid reliability.” But coal is scoring other big wins with the administration.

TCN Journal

Texas’ suburbs outpace central urban areas as greenhouse-gas producers

Long commutes and big homes help push CO2 emissions higher in outlying areas. A few local initiatives in Texas seek to steer new development toward inner cities, but research suggests cutting emissions requires more than that.

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Texan among first recipients of French president’s climate-research grants

Biologist Camille Parmesan praised the “proactive engagement” of Emmanuel Macron's "Make Our Planet Great Again" initiative. He launched the grant program in response to Trump administration cuts in climate research.

TCN Journal

Getting toastier in Santa Land. (Well, less frigid, as melting speeds up)

Researchers are documenting “unprecedented" disruptions to the Arctic ecosystem due to warming air and shrinking sea ice. A summary and reading guide to new reports about how climate change is transforming the Far North.

TCN Journal

GOP tax bill leaves most energy subsidies intact – fossil and renewable

Wind, solar, gas and oil production – all important in Texas – have long competed on the battleground of subsidies and tax breaks. None comes out of the tussle over Republicans' tax overhaul with a notable new advantage.

TCN Journal

Two new studies: Manmade warming made Harvey’s rainfall much worse

Two research efforts – one with involvement by Houston's Rice University – concluded climate change increased the storm's severity. A national opinion poll, meanwhile, found 54 percent of the public already held that view.

TCN Journal

Conservatives tout carbon tax but draw critics on both left and right

A Rice University forum examined the possibilities of market-based solutions to climate change. But from the left come attacks on the profit motive, from the right disbelief about the underlying science.

In Passing

Senate panel OKs Texan science doubter to head U.S. environmental council

Kathleen Hartnett White has voiced doubt about the sweeping scientific consensus on climate change for years. A fellow at a conservative think tank, she formerly led Texas' principal environmental regulatory agency.

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