Other Reports | May 2011

Record farming, ranching loss seen. San Antonio Express-News

Water plan dies despite the drought / Lawmakers balk at allocating billions to invest in future needs. Houston Chronicle

Commissioners give 10-year tax abatement to Summit. Odessa American

Natural gas feud pits prosperous N. Texans against energy industry. Houston Chronicle

Texas farmers struggle to survive brutal drought. Los Angeles Times

Texas House to EPA: Don’t regulate our greenhouse gas. KUT

D-FW homeowners find that leasing solar panels can make financial sense. Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Texas plans to cut budget of agency battling fires. Associated Press

pecial report: Solar energy in El Paso. KVIA

Texas House OKs taking in more radioactive waste. Associated Press

Pickens’ new plan: no wind. Roll Call

Texas drilling regulator to form Eagle Ford task force. Houston Chronicle

Fracking bill that passed Texas House may see roadblock in Senate. Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Texas billionaire nears radioactive waste dump victory. Texas Tribune

Dallas drilling debate pits pollution fears against natural gas dollars. Dallas Morning News (subscription)

Senate takes different path from House on environmental permits. Austin American-Statesman

Texas electricity officials say new EPA rules could threaten reliability. Dallas Morning News

Texas House approves disclosure requirement on frac fluids. Associated Press

A critique of Joe Barton’s air quality claims. New York Times

Amarillo named as top 10 city for cleanest air. KVII

Solar energy has huge potential in Texas, group says. Houston Chronicle

Environmentalists challenge Las Brisas air permit in court. Corpus Christi Caller-Times

Crop and forage production ‘pretty much shut down.’ Texas A&M AgriLife Today

Wildfire politics grip state as disasters hit elsewhere. Texas Tribune

State tests find emissions at 2 Fort Worth gas drilling sites within permit levels. Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Activists hail Dallas County Commissioners Court for demanding state, feds clear the air. Dallas Observer

Worst may be over for Texas wildfires. Los Angeles Times

Drought deepens, with little relief on tap. Houston Chronicle

Severe drought in Texas worst in map’s history. Associated Press

Jonestown embraces wind energy. KXAN

BP raises wind energy capacity 8.9 percent, starts work at facility in Texas. Bloomberg

New storm surge report shows Corpus Christi at risk. KRIS

Feds deny disaster declaration for Texas wildfires. Fort Worth Star-Telegram

100 years after boom, shale makes Texas oil hot again. Reuters

Shifting weather aids battle against Texas wildfires. Reuters

Testing the waters for conservation / Midland lags behind San Angelo, Abilene in water restrictions. San Angelo Standard-Times

Texas wildfires made worse by changes on the state’s vast landscape, scientists say. Dallas Morning News (subscription)

Future Valero stations will sell a variety of fuels. Houston Chronicle

Solar energy proponents gather. San Angelo Standard-Times

Receding Mississippi River floodwaters reveal ruined homes and cropland in southern states. Associated Press

How the floods may restore Louisiana’s wetlands. Time

Two plagues hit Louisiana / Farmers suffer floods near the Mississippi while drought ravages higher ground. Wall Street Journal

Navajo coal plant focus of congressional hearing. Associated Press

In Texas and the Southwest, wildfires and no drought relief in sight. Climate Central

Ark. court hears arguments on SWEPCO coal plant. Associated Press

Once-rare Mississippi River flooding now ‘more frequent and more severe.’ Greenwire

Flooding takes vast economic toll, and it’s hardly done. New York Times

Why Mississippi floods were expected. Nature News

Is climate change causing the Mississippi River flooding? Climate Central

Many in way of diverted Mississippi River floodwaters ignore evacuation order. New Orleans Times-Picayune

Water shortages threaten the American West lifestyle. Miller-McCune

Wetlands need sediment from Mississippi River, coastal scientists say. New Orleans Times-Picayune

Climate change to create a dustier Southwest. Salt Lake Tribune

Mississippi waters roll into Louisiana, bearing the ghosts of Katrina. Time

Mississippi Delta braces for historic river flooding. New Orleans Times-Picayune

Mississippi River flooding in New Orleans area could be massive if Morganza spillway stays closed. New Orleans Times-Picayune

Miss. town could be wiped off map by flood. CBS

Crops, oil refineries threatened by Mississippi River flooding. Wall Street Journal

Mississippi River crests in Memphis, residents evacuate as flooding spreads. Washington Post

Along the Mississippi, an old sense of dread rises. NPR

Mississippi River: Record rains drive record flooding. Washington Post

Drought descends on Texas, surrounding states. Associated Press

Memphis and Baton Rouge brace for record-breaking Mississippi flood. Christian Science Monitor

Company that grows fuel to build NM facility. Associated Press

House passes bill to speed offshore oil lease sales. New York Times

Enviros challenge first greenhouse gas permit under EPA rules. Greenwire

Aquifer’s depletion poses sweeping threat. New York Times

Mexico’s use of ‘green’ financing questioned. Tierramerica

Oklahoma town, a dust bowl survivor, endures another blow. New York Times

Wrong strategy could worsen dengue epidemics: study. Agence France-Presse

Southwestern cities aggressively pursue clean-tech firms. ClimateWire

Report: Hurricanes pose risk to 1.8M costal homes. Associated Press

A lesson in climate change and chili peppers. American Public Media

Sustainable industry may be Louisiana’s future. St. Tammany News

Funding, paperwork slow ambitious plans to produce power using underwater turbines in Mississippi River. New Orleans Times-Picayune

Deadly tornadoes continue to plague Midwest. Los Angeles Times

Joplin, Mo., tornado is deadliest since 1953; toll at 117 from tornado. Los Angeles Times

Deadly Joplin, Mo., twister raises ‘tough,’ costly questions, weather experts say. ClimateWire

Weather disasters in the poorest nations ‘have trebled since 1980s.’ Independent

Australian climate jury finds dire need for action to slow warming. Sydney Morning Herald

Another day, another deadly tornado strikes the US. Climate Central

With eye on climate change, Chicago prepares for a warmer future. New York Times

Inland storms, growing in violence, drive insurers to accept riskier reality. ClimateWire

Drought in Europe hits wheat crop. Reuters

NRC finds many US nuclear plants ill-prepared to handle simultaneous threats. CllimateWire

UK pledges to cut carbon emissions in half by 2025. Associated Press

EPA delays rule on industrial emissions. Los Angeles Times

Britain set to announce ambitious environmental steps. New York Times

Drought leaves 1,400 reservoirs ‘dead’ in Central China. Xinhua

1,000-year Arctic storm linked to climate change: study. Canadian Press

Study that condemned scientific support for global warming gets pulled after charges of plagiarism. USA Today

Obama moves to expand oil and gas drilling. Politico

Scientists cite ‘pressing’ need to limit greenhouse gases. New York Times

Gingrich’s presidential bid clouded by his belief in climate change. Guardian

Vatican-appointed panel warns of climate change. Associated Press

Megafires – a vicious climate circle? BBC

Arctic countries seek cooperation as ice melts. Agence France-Presse

Japan’s leader cancels plan for new nuclear plants. New York Times

Germany’s unlikely champion of a radical green energy path. Yale Environment 360

Climate change ‘threatens UK wi-fi connections’, says government report. Guardian

Study raises doubts on capturing carbon dioxide from air. New York Times

Ryan, the Republicans’ budget hawk, opposes tax breaks for clean energy and oil. ClimateWire

Fire and rain: Fed scientists point to wild April. Associated Press

Scientific study links flammable drinking water to fracking. ProPublica

Barack Obama: Clean energy will deliver the ‘jobs of the future.’ Politico

Floods, tornadoes and climate change. Living on Earth

Climate change already hurting agriculture. ScienceNow

New study warns of Arctic mercury pollution; high levels found in wildlife. Associated Press

Suit accuses US government of failing to protect Earth for generations unborn. New York Times

14 percent budget cut to key energy agency wins few fans. SolveClimate News

UN forecasts 10.1 billion people by century’s end. New York Times

Report sees sharper sea rise from Arctic melt. Associated Press

Arctic may reveal more hydrocarbons as shrinking ice provides access. Oil & Gas Journal

Rising gas prices shift energy debate. Washington Post

Some seekers of rural life move out of Pennsylvania as gas rigs move in. Solve Climate News

Deadly weather in US could become the norm. New Scientist

South’s tornado destruction shocks even weather experts. Los Angeles Times

Auto pollution: California’s carbon curbs upheld by appeals court. Los Angeles Times

Despite bipartisan support, nuclear reactor projects falter. New York Times