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The impending demise of Denton’s brief ban on fracking is a potent example of the oil and gas industry’s continuing primacy in the state and reminder that those who challenge it risk forceful political blowback.


November’s mid-term election, in which voters handed Republicans big majorities in both houses of Congress, set the stage for a multifaceted battle over climate change that’s just getting started.


The ballot measure’s outcome in the North Texas city was closely watched – in Texas and beyond – for its possible influence in other local fights over the drilling method and significance for the broader climate issue.


The People’s Climate March in September was billed as “the largest climate march in history.” An estimated 400,000 marched in New York, plus tens of thousands in more than 2,800 events in 166 countries.

The federal agency got “almost everything it wanted,” Justice Antonin Scalia said of a 7-2 ruling that upheld a key part of the Obama administration’s regulations to cut industrial emissions of climate-altering pollution.

Longtime, mostly urban, environmental advocates traded policy ideas recently with property-rights activists from rural areas. Will the fledgling alliance have staying power? San Antonio writer Greg Harman reports.

The report “highlights how climate change is expected to interact with, and in many cases exacerbate, problems we already struggle with today in Texas,” Texas Tech scientist Katharine Hayhoe told TCN.

A U.N.-sponsored panel, comprising researchers from 39 countries, said scientists are now 95 percent certain that humans are the main cause of global warming. TCN asked Texas climate experts for their reactions to the report.


The aim of the conference, planned in response to a class assignment at UT’s LBJ School, was to identify “collaborative solutions” to help make the Austin region more resilient to the impacts of climate change.

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South by Southwest (often, just SXSW) famously showcases music, film and digital technologies each March. SXSW Eco, scheduled Oct. 7-9 this year, has a broader aim – helping to achieve “a sustainable and prosperous future.”