Feature Stories | Original, in-depth reporting | 2011

Besides recovery from the Deepwater Horizon disaster, they include reversal of long-term habitat loss, nutrient over-enrichment, overuse, coastal development’s impacts and climate effects, one oceanographer told attendees. A report by Austin writer Melissa Gaskill.

The recommendations from Rice University researchers include a Houston Ship Channel floodgate, new levees, a wetlands recreation area to buffer against storm surges and a sharply limited focus for new Galveston development.

With sustainably-minded design features, the facility will provide assorted amenities near the city’s Arts District. Dallas-based journalist Barbara Kessler details the project in an article and a video report.

Without costly, multiple actions, Texas won’t have enough water to meet the needs of residents, businesses and agriculture during a serious drought, the agency warns in the draft of its 2012 State Water Plan.

Running for president, he alleged that many climate scientists fudge data to get funding. But Texas researchers are pushing back. And a former Perry appointee said his attitude toward climate science is “conveniently dismissive.”

Update: Texas’ environmental commissioners rejected young petitioners’ request for an emission-cutting plan. The petitioners then asked a state district court to reverse the TCEQ decision.

Sustainability may not be a universally embraced concept in Texas, but universities in the state are increasingly adopting it in their campus operations. Taking note, a national report card has been awarding higher grades.

TCN Interview

Texas officials fighting climate regulations are “incredibly misinformed” about climate science and speaking for “very powerful special interests,” he says. History, he predicts, won’t “treat them kindly.”

TCN Interview

Dessler was chosen last month to be one of the first group of Google Science Communication Fellows, who will be pioneering new methods for communicating scientific findings about climate change.

Even if proposals that almost passed in 2009 get another shot, they will compete for lawmakers’ attention with challenging issues such as a huge budget shortfall and congressional redistricting.