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.
The People’s Climate March in September was billed as “the largest climate march in history.” An estimated 400,000 marched in New York, plus tens of thousands in more than 2,800 events in 166 countries.
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.
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.]
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
Exxon blasts movement to divest from fossil fuels. NationalJournal
Energy companies, environmentalists fund Denton fracking fight. Dallas Morning News
Texas plant to capture, and then reuse, carbon. New York Times
Texas on lonely side of battle over ozone pollution. Texas Tribune
Fracking emissions fall; Texas still king of GHGs. Climate Central
Crude oil spills into Caddo bayou, kills wildlife. Shreveport Times
Polar vortex spiked US CO2 emissions in 2013. Climate Central
Warming Earth heading for hottest year on record. Associated Press
Amid California’s drought, a bruising battle for cheap water. Los Angeles Times
Abundant natural gas won’t slow climate change, study says. Associated Press