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 impending demise of Denton’s brief ban on fracking is a potent example of the oil and gas industry’s continuing primacy in the state and reminder that those who challenge it risk forceful political blowback.
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.
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.
Texas residents, like most Americans, overwhelming agree global warming is happening, worry that it will harm future generations and support anti-pollution regulation to stem it, researchers reported.
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.
journalism on climate
Gas-happy Texas goes solar. ClimateWire
West Texas economic officials worry Senate Bill will hinder wind energy industry. Lubbock Avalanche-Journal
Texas renewable energy requirement in cross hairs at Capitol. Austin American-Statesman
Water ruling cuts state’s power in droughts. Texas Tribune
Legislation aims to boost electricity conservation. Texas Tribune
‘We’re going to be out of water’: Navajo Nation dying of thirst. Indian Country Today
Scientists seek source of giant methane mass over Southwest. Associated Press
Flawed steel still in wide use in oil pipelines. InsideClimate News
Amazon forest becoming less of a climate change safety net. New York Times