The ballot measure’s outcome in the North Texas city was closely watched – in Texas and beyond – for its possible influence in other local fights over the drilling method and significance for the broader climate issue.
November’s mid-term election, in which voters handed Republicans big majorities in both houses of Congress, set the stage for a multifaceted battle over climate change that’s just getting started.
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.
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.
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.
Part of Texas was warmer than average last year, part was cooler, as was the case with North America as a whole. But warmer conditions prevailed across most of the rest of the planet, NOAA and NASA declared.
Foreign Policy magazine placed the climate scientist and evangelical Christian on its “100 Leading Global Thinkers” roster for 2014. In April, Time listed her as one of the year’s “100 most influential people” in the world.
Each age group favored policies to cut climate-disrupting pollution more than the next-oldest group in the latest edition of the national poll by the business school at the University of Texas
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.
journalism on climate
Once extravagant, renewable power plans go cheap. Dallas Morning News
Austin water supply long-term plans appear to have paid off. Fort Worth Star Telegram
At hearing, climate change called a “threat multiplier”. Texas Tribune
Conservative Texas lawmakers target United Nations. Texas Tribune
Carbon credits could generate $1.6 billion for Louisiana coastal restoration, study says. New Orleans Times-Picayune
Gulf of Mexico turns deadly for dolphins. New York Times
As the river runs dry: The Southwest’s water crisis. Arizona Republic
How earthquakes linked to fracking are fracturing an Oklahoma community. Sydney Morning Herald
CO2 levels for February eclipsed prehistoric highs. Scientific American
A climate crusader melts, exposing a profitable link to Harvard’s name. Chronicle of Higher Education