There was some ambiguity in the combined picture that emerged from the surveys regarding public opinion on the seriousness of the threats that climate change poses and what should be done about it.
Austin-based journalist Ari Phillips, reporting on his recent travels in Central Texas, examines the Hill Country’s famed springs as a microcosm of complex water issues facing all of the state and most of the Western U.S.
Don’t have time to go through the new, 1,146-page National Climate Assessment to get an idea of what it says about Texas? TCN did it for you, locating and selecting a representative sample of pertinent graphics.
Environmentalists worked to defeat candidates dubbed “climate-change deniers,” including a Texan. National polls show more concern about climate change. And a “carbon tax” is being discussed, with Exxon-Mobil among the backers.
The organic waste on dairy farms and in landfills can yield a treasured resource – methane, main component of natural gas. David Barer examines the subject for Texas Climate News and Reporting Texas.
While lawmakers grappled with water issues, a new report offered yet another reminder that the drought that prompted all of the recent, high-level attention to Texas’ growing water needs was far from over.
A House-passed bill tells state officials to issue emission-cutting permits under U.S. regulations they have refused to implement. But the bill would drop the requirement if Texas wins its legal fight against the rules.
Most of Texas is still in “moderate” to “exceptional” drought, one report said. Federal forecasters predicted drought will continue and perhaps expand in the state. And the state climatologist foresees more water woes, with declining reservoir levels.
Hot, dry conditions in Texas and elsewhere, along with herbicide use in the monarchs’ reproductive grounds in the U.S., are blamed for a continuing decline in their numbers in Mexican forests where they winter.
The ultimate outcome of the lawsuit over the imperiled whooping crane species has potentially sweeping implications for the state’s management of water resources as scientists project more drought with climate change.
December and January were warmer than normal in Texas. Those readings continued a trend toward warmer winters described in a new analysis by the Climate Central research organization. [With interactive graphic.]
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Texas lawmakers reach budget deal. Associated Press
Deadly Texas outbreak may mark end of tornado drought. Climate Central
Budget deal would fund water projects. Austin American-Statesman
San Antonio seeks to amp up use of tiny electric cars. San Antonio Express-News
Solar bill stalls in Texas Senate after power industry opposition. Dallas Morning News
Arkansas residents sick from Exxon oil spill are on their own. InsideClimate News
Encroaching sea already a threat in Caribbean. Associated Press
Louisiana House votes to phase out solar energy tax credits by 2020. New Orleans Times-Picayune
Proposed ‘fracking’ rules anger environmentalists, annoy industry. National Journal
Wind farms get pass on eagle deaths. Associated Press
Insurers stray from the conservative line on climate change. New York Times
W[h]ither global warming? Has it slowed down? Yale Forum on Climate Change & The Media