The federal agency got “almost everything it wanted,” Justice Antonin Scalia said of a 7-2 ruling that upheld a key part of the Obama administration’s regulations to cut industrial emissions of climate-altering pollution.
Climate Central’s interactive map portrayed Texas and other cities’ projected summer highs. The World Meteorological Organization, meanwhile, urged water planners and others to consider hotter conditions occurring now. [With interactive graphic.]
Longtime, mostly urban, environmental advocates traded policy ideas recently with property-rights activists from rural areas. Will the fledgling alliance have staying power? San Antonio writer Greg Harman reports.
The report “highlights how climate change is expected to interact with, and in many cases exacerbate, problems we already struggle with today in Texas,” Texas Tech scientist Katharine Hayhoe told TCN.
A U.N.-sponsored panel, comprising researchers from 39 countries, said scientists are now 95 percent certain that humans are the main cause of global warming. TCN asked Texas climate experts for their reactions to the report.
The aim of the conference, planned in response to a class assignment at UT’s LBJ School, was to identify “collaborative solutions” to help make the Austin region more resilient to the impacts of climate change.
A federal appeals court reversed a ruling, sought by a conservation coalition, which temporarily halted new water-use permits in river systems feeding the endangered species’ winter habitat on the Texas coast.
Gov. Rick Perry said the new regulations were meant to “appease” only “a tiny sliver of environmental extremists.” Opinion surveys found about two-thirds of all Americans back the climate-protection initiative, however.
Energy and economic experts said the EPA’s new rules for existing power plants can be a net economic benefit for the state, especially by boosting its natural gas, wind and solar industries to replace coal burning.
“We have to adapt because the climate is changing,” California Gov. Jerry Brown declared. There’s been no such talk from Texas’ top officials, of course, but drought adaptation is getting serious consideration all the same.
“The facts are, our area is warmer, and the facts are, there’s no indication at this point that it’s going to cool down,” researcher B.A. “Bob” Stewart, an agriculture expert with nearly half a century of professional experience in the region, told TCN.
journalism on climate
Future power demand from electric cars sparks study. Houston Chronicle
Hydroelectric dominance is water under the bridge. Houston Chronicle
Questions about pipelines and private property. Texas Tribune
State climatologist: Too little being done about climate change. Lubbock Avalanche-Journal
Report shows 1 in 3 Texans chooses renewable energy options. Tyler Morning Telegraph
Midland unlikely to face anti-fracturing petition. Midland Reporter-Telegram
Altered soil may help fight global warming. Albuquerque Journal News
Southwest Florida governments not planning for sea rise. Fort Myers News-Press
Gov. Brown signs climate-change agreement with Mexico. Los Angeles Times
As oysters die, climate policy goes on the stump. New York Times
California breaks drought record as 58% of state hits driest level. Los Angeles Times
General Mills takes new steps to combat climate change. Los Angeles Times
Not in my backyard: US sending dirty coal abroad. Associated Press