TCN Journal | The blog of Texas Climate News | November 2014

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.

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.

SNAPSHOTS OF THE DROUGHT

“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.

Two scientific teams’ findings about the West Antarctic ice sheet mean “we may have reached a tipping point” that signals faster sea-level rise than anticipated, said one Texas scientist who focuses on Gulf issues.

Katharine Hayhoe, a climate scientist and evangelical Christian, is on the Time 100 list along with the singer Beyonce, Pope Francis, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, President Barack Obama and Fox News’ Washington bureau chief Megyn Kelly.