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“Extreme” water vapor that fed Louisiana storm a cautionary climate reminder

Climate change is aggravating natural flooding risks, one Texas scientist noted. “As the atmosphere warms, so does the ocean. Evaporation speeds up, making more water available for a storm to pick up and dump.”

In Passing

Dallas/Fort Worth Airport may be Texas’ biggest carbon-neutral thing

DFW, the state’s biggest airport and the world’s third-busiest in aircraft operations, recently became the first in North America declared to have achieved net zero emissions of CO2 (not counting aircraft engines).

In Passing

July: Another month, another batch of high-temperature records

The earth’s warm-weather trend continues. NASA and NOAA separately concluded in recent days that last month was the hottest July and hottest month on record (dating to 1880) in terms of the average planet-wide temperature.

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Sea-level, ice-melt concerns echo from Rio to Texas and points far beyond

The opening ceremony of the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro sent “a message to the world” about climate change. It was reflected in reports about melting and flooding dangers in the U.S., South Pacific, Siberia and Greenland.

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Amid worrisome Zika news, longer mosquito season found across the U.S.

Researchers for the Climate Central organization said higher temperatures and humidity since the 1980s increased the number of “ideal” mosquito-breeding days across most of the country, including many parts of Texas.

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Hot-weather records keep being set – and more look to be in the making

Forecasters are warning of “dangerous heat and humidity” across much of the U.S., with sky-high (that is, Texas-like) heat-index readings in many places not used to them: A fitting time to review recent high-temp records.

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Inspired by Al Gore, Houston pediatrician strives for climate awareness

Ten years after she saw “An Inconvenient Truth,” medical school professor Susan Pacheco will join Gore and others in conducting his Climate Reality Project’s first Texas training for “a new generation” of climate activists.

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A perfect pair? Well, on climate policy, Texas and ExxonMobil rarely agree

A supposed celebrity power couple – Texxon, perhaps? – came together briefly in a recent court skirmish. But the legal partners actually have split over global warming’s reality, human causation and solutions.

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Scientists to Congress (politely, in so many words): Get real on climate change

In a joint letter, 31 major scientific societies said carbon pollution “must be substantially reduced.” It was, in effect, a response to officials, including many Texans, who reject climate science and oppose climate action.

In Passing

May: Another month for temperature records, 13th record-warm month in a row

Even with the waning of the warmth-boosting El Niño pattern, May set another monthly record for a high average global temperature, federal scientists said. New records were also set for the March-May and January-May periods.

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Flooding costs will soar in a warming world, economic analysts say

Damage costs from Texas flooding in 2015 and 2016 have reached into the billions. Expect much costlier flooding as a result of climate change and other factors, the Congressional Budget Office and World Bank are warning.

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ExxonMobil wards off climate resolutions, oil still faces long-term challenges

The more basic question for oil companies is whether they can find a way to stay in their old business forever in a world committed to slashing the CO2 that their products emit. Randy Lee Loftis reports from Dallas.

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With April temps, 2016 stays on track to be Earth’s hottest year on record

New climate records keep being set, scientists say. Last month was the warmest April on record. It was the 12th straight month to set such a record. And January-April was the hottest four-month start for any year on record.


Climate change and globalization driving tropical diseases toward Texas

West Nile. Dengue. Chikungunya. And now Zika is adding to concerns about tropical diseases in the U.S. Researchers say more resources are needed to monitor mosquito-borne illnesses. First in our new series, Health+Climate.

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“The new abnormal” – the latest Houston flood disaster’s climate context

It’s too soon for studies assessing human influence on the event. Scientists, however, have lately been pointing in general terms to links between warming temperatures, more water vapor in the air, and extreme downpours.

In Passing

Polls yield more signs that Republican opinions on climate are shifting

You wouldn’t know it by listening to leading GOP officials in Texas or the party’s top presidential candidates. But public opinion surveys continue to find Republicans increasingly expressing concern about climate change.

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What do low oil prices mean for the climate? It’s not a simple question

Driving does go up when gasoline prices dip and retreats when they rise. Neither marks climate progress or its lack. The long-term average matters. And some Texas numbers may challenge assumptions. Randy Lee Loftis reports.

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“Hotter, wetter, drier” – Scientists say temp records a view of the future

Average global temperatures in February and the December-February winter quarter obliterated previous records. Texas, much warmer than normal, illustrated the regional variability that made up the planet-wide averages.

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Texas’ Lamar Smith, U.S. House science chair, can’t leave controversy alone

Forget the ivory tower. To Smith, science is a battleground. Since TCN last chronicled his feud with federal climate scientists, the exchange of fire has barely abated. Joseph A. Davis, our Washington correspondent, reports.

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New research magnifies concerns about sea-level hazards in coastal areas

Recent studies have underscored researchers’ warnings about impacts that rising seas are having in Texas and along other coastlines – impacts expected to increase in decades and centuries ahead.

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