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.
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.
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.
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.
Industrial facilities in Texas told the EPA they emitted about 393 million metric tons of CO2, methane and other greenhouse gases last year – 12.5 percent of the nationwide total of 3.13 billion metric tons.
New surveys found most Texans – like residents of California, Ohio and Colorado – think global warming is happening, want officials to do more to address it and believe the U.S. should act alone to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions.
A World Bank study estimated Houston will have the seventh-largest percentage increase in average annual losses from sea-level rise by 2050 among the world’s 136 biggest coastal cities.
Two recent studies produced graphic portrayals of threats to Texas and other states. Scientists at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi announced a research project to help the Houston region mitigate and adapt to sea-level rise.
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