Other Reports | July 2012

Gulf turbine plan sparks wildlife debate. San Antonio Express-News

In wake of Texas drought, water and politics mix. Austin American-Statesman

Lost Pines forest in Bastrop State Park is threatened. Austin American-Statesman

In Texas, arguing that heat can be a death sentence for prisoners. New York Times

Texas judge invalidates Las Brisas energy air pollution permit. Environment News Service

Budget cuts, drought, wildfires have Texas parks seeking corporate partners for first time. Associated Press

Prof didn’t disclose business ties to fracking. San Antonio Express-News

Texas agency warns it may curtail water rights. Associated Press

Solar deal for CPS set to bring 805 jobs. San Antonio Express-News

Drought helps fracking foes build momentum for recycling. Bloomberg

Solar leaders hopeful on Texas incentives. ClimateWire

Texas ranks last in electrical power reliability. Texas Tribune

Expensive wood waste power plant to push up Austin electric bills. Austin American-Statesman

EPA accuses Energy Future Holdings’ Luminant of pollution violations at two coal plants. Dallas Morning News

North Texas rocked by 11 earthquakes in 40 days. Houston Chronicle

Wind energy industry faces stiff headwind against year’s end deadline. Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

City to look at expanding water supply. Houston Chronicle

Greening Houston: Changing the plans. Economist

Texas gets grants for natural gas vehicle research. Houston Chronicle

Texas judge rules atmosphere, air is public trust. Associated Press

Potential loss of tax credit becalms wind industry. Houston Chronicle

The drought is over in Houston and now is increasingly unlikely to return this summer. Houston Chronicle

Texas drought, British heat linked to climate change. Reuters

Rightwing US think tank uses FOI laws to pursue Texas climate scientists. Guardian

Official: Texas electric supply will be tight. Austin American-Statesman

Drought, irrigation depletes Ogallala Aquifer at third largest level on record. Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

Too big to fail: Can Texas solve windstorm insurance? Corpus Christi Caller-Times

State land commissioner thinking of getting agency into water game. Austin American-Statesman

Texas seeks new water supplies amid drought. NPR

South Texas wastewater plant goes solar. Associated Press

First casualty of greenhouse gas rules may be Texas plant. Houston Chronicle

Drought hits Texas part of Ogallala aquifer. Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

Ranchers struggle to recover from Texas drought. KUT

Former EPA regional chief Al Armendariz, two months after resigning, joins Sierra Club’s anti-coal campaign. Dallas Morning News

Dry conditions lead to more water woes. San Antonio Express-News

Drilling industry’s recycling efforts a focus of hearing. Texas Tribune

Power line construction well under way. San Angelo Standard-Times

Area records worst smog level in 8 years. Houston Chronicle

Seeking a profitable place to put captured carbon. New York Times

Extreme heat continues to plague South Central states. Climate Central

Researcher: Big drought means smaller ‘dead zone.’ Associated Press

Oklahoma foresters warn of rising danger of wildfires. Associated Press

Oklahoma drought is intensifying across state, report shows. Associated Press

Mexico’s climate law to face challenge under new president. Reuters

BP, contractor missed the big hazard issues in Gulf oil spill, board says. Associated Press

Nation has large stake in protecting Louisiana from storms, Mayor Mitch Landrieu says. New Orleans Times-Picayune

Peabody to boost exports from Gulf Coast as Pacific Northwest terminal plans stall. ClimateWire

Native American town in New Mexico struggling to recover from wildfire. Reuters

US geoengineers to spray sun-reflecting chemicals from balloon. Guardian

Saltwater wedge moving up the Mississippi River. New Orleans Times-Picayune

Latin America’s climate conundrum. Global Post

North American environmental officials share briefings on community concerns. New Orleans Times-Picayune

Oklahoma, Arkansas fear repeat of 2011 drought. CBS News

Chihuahua: Where the rain doesn’t fall any more. Independent

The worst wildfire season in decades is causing significant environmental damage. Washington Post

Louisiana won’t get as much in Gulf oil spill fines as officials hoped. New Orleans Times-Picayune

Dead zone pollutant grows despite decades of work. New Orleans Times-Picayune

BLM, Forest Service agree to revise massive Western energy corridor. Energy Wire

President Obama set to sign transportation bill with money for coastal restoration. New Orleans Times-Picayune

Long, hot summer: West’s wildfires feed off drought, heat and wind. Los Angeles Times

Bacteria levels make some Louisiana beaches dicey, environmental group warns. New Orleans Times-Picayune

New offshore leasing plan focuses on development in already-explored Gulf waters. Houston Chronicle

‘Epic dryness’ feeding Western wildfires. USA Today

Can Mexico and Brazil join forces on climate change? Reuters

Livestock groups seek drought relief with ethanol waiver. Reuters

Koch-funded climate change skeptic reverses course. Los Angeles Times

New breed of ranchers shapes a sustainable West. Christian Science Monitor

Extreme drought areas in US nearly triple in one week. TreeHugger

Study: Many US cities unprepared for future heat waves. Washington Post

Storms threaten ozone layer over US, study says. New York Times

Rise in weather extremes threatens infrastructure. New York Times

Drought to drive up food prices next year, US says. New York Times

Greenland ice sheet melted at unprecedented rate during July. Guardian

Frackers fund university research that proves their case. Bloomberg

Environmentalists target 5 Republicans who question humans’ impact on climate. Washington Post

As climate change worsens, elderly face deadly heat. Climate Central

Christie signs bill to encourage solar-energy growth. Philadelphia Inquirer

EPA to review mercury rule on new power plants. Reuters

Study: Bacteria outbreak due to ocean warming. Reuters

Severe drought expected to worsen across the nation. New York Times

How droughts will reshape the United States. Washington Post

Greenland glacier loses large mass of ice. Washington Post

Drought now grips more than half of the nation. Associated Press

For climbers, risks now shift with every step. New York Times

Drought threatens to darken Obama reelection prospects. Christian Science Monitor

US declares the largest natural disaster area ever due to drought. Atlantic Wire

Post-Stanford poll finds more Americans believe climate change is happening. Washington Post

Cap and trade resurrected? Some states awaken to its economic benefits. InsideClimate News

New research rebuts fracking-global warming connection. Bloomberg

US completes warmest 12-month period in 117 years. Washington Post

Continental US breaks heat record in first half of 2012. Reuters

Scientists attribute extreme weather to man-made climate change. Guardian

California approves high-speed rail project after years of debate. San Jose Mercury News

Was climate-change poll biased? Washington Post

Campaign aims to counter oil sands criticism. Houston Chronicle

Heat wave: Midwest plain ‘out of whack’ as records shatter. Los Angeles Times

Temperatures soar as heat wave continues. New York Times

Heat wave, fires have climate change activists going on the offensive. The Hill

Washington’s Hell Week puts climate change back on the radar. Washington Post

Midwest can’t get relief from oppressive heat. US News and World Report

Historic heat wave marches on as drought expands. Climate Central

North Carolina lawmakers reject sea level rise predictions. Reuters

Rise in sea level can’t be stopped: scientists. Reuters

Storms leave 3 million without power. New York Times

Greenland ice sheet melt nearing critical ‘tipping point.’ Climate Central