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.
Even without the credit, positive reports continue to appear about the outlook for more wind power in Texas. One recent assessment called it “Texas’ hottest energy prospect” and predicted “a new surge of wind farm development.”
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.
South by Southwest (often, just SXSW) famously showcases music, film and digital technologies each March. SXSW Eco, scheduled Oct. 7-9 this year, has a broader aim – helping to achieve “a sustainable and prosperous future.”
As another threat to rooftop solar power is blocked in San Antonio, a nationwide question looms: What will become of utility claims that programs encouraging residential solar hurt the poor? Greg Harman examines the issues for TCN.
The Houstonian discussed a voluntary, market-based initiative that would conserve natural areas near the coast to buffer storm surges and offset greenhouse emissions. A Rice University conference addressed the concept.
California’s perilous drought has been in the news lately. The situation in Texas is not so dire now, but dry conditions persist in the Lone Star State – with distinct echoes of California’s plight.
The Climate Central report was one of various responses to suggestions that the “polar vortex” cold spell cast doubt on manmade global warming. A common theme: Short-term weather isn’t the same as a long-term climate trend.
Texas is “one of the more vulnerable states” to “abrupt climate changes and to the abrupt impact of gradual climate changes,” the sole Texas scientist on the National Research Council committee that issued the report told TCN.
In its Winter Outlook for climate conditions, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said drought will probably make a comeback in Texas and neighboring areas. Meanwhile, drought-related tussles and problems continue.
Texans approved a constitutional amendment to allocate $2 billion in a one-time transfer from the state’s Rainy Day Fund to pay for water-supply and water-conservation projects.
journalism on climate
Fracking the Eagle Ford Shale: Big oil & bad air on the Texas prairie. InsideClimate News
Fracking brings oil boom to south Texas town, for a price. Los Angeles Times
EPA shifts greenhouse gas permitting to Texas. Associated Press
EPA, Texas reach deal on clean air plan. Dallas Morning News
Texas rises among largest solar-energy workforces. Houston Chronicle
Poll: Most Louisianians see climate change as serious problem. Baton Rouge Advocate
Dwindling flows in Rio Grande to take toll on state’s recreation industry. Santa Fe New Mexican
The valley-fever menace. New Yorker
Louisiana forests being sacrificed to fuel Europe’s biomass boom. Al Jazeera America
Obama requests new rules for cutting truck pollution. New York Times
Winter weirdness: Is Arctic warming to blame? Christian Science Monitor
Industry awakens to threat of climate change. New York Times
US carbon emissions rose 2% in 2013 after years of decline. Los Angeles Times