Other Reports | August 2012

Revealed: The corporations and billionaires that fund the Texas Public Policy Foundation. Texas Observer

UN-backed Agenda 21 angers many in Texas. Texas Tribune

Drought’s silver lining: a cleaner Gulf of Mexico. Houston Chronicle

Paying for energy efficiency programs: Texas industry opts out. KUHF

Romney energy plan offers few rewards for Texas oil but creates risks for wind companies. Dallas Morning News

Texas leads nation in West Nile cases, and count expected to rise, officials say. Austin American-Statesman

Texas State receives major gift for water research. Texas Tribune

Texas judge rules TransCanada can seize pasture for Keystone XL. New York Times

Houston going greener with expanded electric-car sharing program. Houston Press

San Antonio violates federal air quality standards. San Antonio Express-News

Has UT review panel been compromised by chair’s energy company ties? Austin American-Statesman

Solar cell efficiency receives a transparent boost. Houston Chronicle

Working on wetlands with his lens on flora. Corpus Christi Caller-Times

“Pocket prairies” preserve Houston’s native plants. Texas Tribune

Texas to study health risk of living near drilling sites. KUHF

2 major water supply lakes for Lubbock area now at 0%. KCBD

Can University of Texas dispel concerns about fracking study? ScienceInsider

Court faults EPA’s rejection of flexible permits program. Texas Tribune

Could electric cars help supply the power grid? Researchers will use Austin to find out. Austin American-Statesman

From (un)Happy, Texas – where the water ran out. American Public Media

‘Growth will follow the water.’ Amarillo Globe-News

San Antonio’s lessons for a nation parched by drought. KUT

Texas power plants #1 In US for mercury pollution. KUHF

Water issues on Guadulupe sorted through by TCEQ. Austin American-Statesman

Texas’ new fracking disclosure law doesn’t shed light on everything. Dallas Morning News

NRG to build small power plant near Houston as Texans face potential shortage. Dallas Morning-News

Water district reemphasizes conservation. San Antonio Express-News

Keystone XL pipeline may threaten aquifer that irrigates much of the central US. Washington Post

Study: Barnett Shale quakes rumbled near drilling disposal wells. Houston Chronicle

Smart water meters take root in Texas cities. Texas Tribune

Another summer’s heat bears down on local crops, livestock. Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

White Stallion construction could begin in April. Victoria Advocate

Austin ballot measure could allow city to sell its share of coal-burning Fayette power plant. Austin American-Statesman

Long arm of University of Texas fracking report reaches Eastern Europe. Austin American-Statesman

San Antonio could see Stage 3 watering restrictions. San Antonio Express-News

Al Armendariz: The TT interview. Texas Tribune

Texas using health care reform ruling to fight EPA. Houston Chronicle

As Texas uses more power, conservation must follow. KUHF

How hot was it? Corpus Christi has 5th hottest July on record. Corpus Christi Caller-Times

In Texas, a push to save power at peak times. Texas Tribune

Forecast calls for more downpours, according to Environment Texas. Austin American-Statesman

Oklahoma’s farm operations feel sting of drought. Associated Press

Lawmakers wade into water battle. Las Cruces Sun-News

Pennsylvania officials say Okla. energy firm’s data filled with errors. Associated Press

In midst of a drought, trying to keep cargo moving on the Mississippi. New York Times

CO2 emissions in US drop to 20-year low. Associated Press

Okla. heat, drought allow deadly amoeba to thrive. Associated Press

Saltwater wedge reaches Chalmette; Plaquemines buys N.O. water. New Orleans Times-Picayune

Study: Climate change threatens New Mexico ski season. Santa Fe New Mexican

Drought sends ‘mighty Mississippi’ river levels near record lows. CNN

Arkansas, N. Carolina ask EPA to waive ethanol mandate. Reuters

Contract awarded to build saltwater barrier protecting Mississippi River drinking water. New Orleans Times-Picayune

For oil driller Harold Hamm, Bakken boom brings more billions and a chance to dabble in politics. Washington Post

Chesapeake to cut natural gas production. Oklahoman

Environmental groups sue EPA for stronger dispersant rules. Houston Chronicle

Plaquemines Parish to declare emergency because of potential hazard to drinking water. New Orleans Times-Picayune

Oklahoma wildfires leave 1 dead, dozens homeless. Associated Press

Mexican communities fight mini-dams. Inter Press Service

Fast-moving Oklahoma wildfires force evacuations. New York Times

Los Alamos researchers study plants’ response to climate change. Santa Fe New Mexican

Utilities ask customers to conserve electricity amid Oklahoma heat wave. Oklahoman

Oklahoma City, much of metro area are under mandatory water rationing. Oklahoman.

64 Okla. temperature records fall or tied in July. Associated Press

Drought intensifies and may last through October. Climate Central

USDA expands list of drought-affected counties, announces new relief efforts for farmers. Washington Post

Stubborn 2012 heat wave roasts eight states. Climate Central

BP oil spill dispersants may have hurt Gulf of Mexico food chain, study finds. New Orleans Times-Picayune


Amount of sea ice in Arctic is measured at record low. New York Times

Autos must average 54.5 mpg by 2025, new EPA standards say. Washington Post

Climate change deniers ‘are either extreme free marketeers or conspiracy theorists,’ Australian study finds. Telegraph

Coal plants still pressured despite Romney plan, EPA court loss. Reuters

Carbon efficiency failing to fight warming: study. Agence France-Presse

Arctic sea ice levels to reach record low within days. Guardian

Midwest water wells drying up in drought. New York Times

Italians pack Speedos as Dolomites lake hit by soaring temperatures. Guardian

Romney energy plan would expand oil drilling offshore. New York Times

Romney supportive of coal industry he said ‘kills people.’ Bloomberg

Severe summer drought recalls damaging Dust Bowl days. Associated Press

Coal plants’ victory over EPA is muted by low gas prices. Bloomberg

July 2012 was fourth-warmest July globally since 1880. EarthSky

Record heat, drought pose problems for US electric power. National Geographic Daily News

Greenland melt sets record weeks before summer ends. Climate Central

Scorching Phoenix plans for an even hotter future. NPR

Climate models that predict more droughts win further scientific support. Washington Post

Too hot for high school football? Daily Climate

Rate of Arctic summer sea ice loss is 50% higher than predicted. Observer

Climate change and Paul Ryan: Romney’s VP pick irks environmentalists. Huffington Post

Summer’s record heat, drought point to longer-term climate issues. Washington Post

Drought forces reductions in US crop forecasts. New York Times

Six degrees of warmer: IEA says Boston could become Miami Beach. Pacific Standard

Climate change largely off US election radar. Associated Press

Ouch! July in US was hottest ever in history books. Associated Press

High times: More 2012 record highs than all of last year. Climate Central

Incentive to slow climate change drives output of harmful gases. New York Times

NRC suspends final licenses to reassess risks of storing waste. Bloomberg

Obama says Midwest drought historic, seeks aid for region. Reuters

Midwest heat wave 2012: Thousands of fish die in hot weather. Associated Press

States ask Detroit: ‘Build us a natural gas car, please.’ NPR

New study links current events to climate change. Associated Press

Alaskan Arctic villages hit hard by climate change. Washington Post

Sea-level bill becomes law in NC; gov refused veto. Associated Press

Wind industry wins senate panel’s support for a tax break. New York Times

US CO2 emissions fall to lowest first-quarter level in 20 years: EIA. Reuters

Campaign 2012: Romney opposition to renewable tax break may bring trouble in windy swing states. E&E Daily

Europe looks to open up Greenland for natural resources extraction. Guardian

Nature soaks up more greenhouse gases, brakes warming. Reuters

California prepares for harsh realities of changing climate. San Jose Mercury News

How climate change is changing the oyster business. NPR

How the changing monsoons—and climate change—affects India’s blackout. Time