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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.

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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.”

As another threat to rooftop solar power is blocked in San Antonio, a nationwide question looms: What will become of utility claims that programs encouraging residential solar hurt the poor? Greg Harman examines the issues for TCN.

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The Houstonian discussed a voluntary, market-based initiative that would conserve natural areas near the coast to buffer storm surges and offset greenhouse emissions. A Rice University conference addressed the concept.

Austin-based journalist Ari Phillips, reporting on his recent travels in Central Texas, examines the Hill Country’s famed springs as a microcosm of complex water issues facing all of the state and most of the Western U.S.

There was some ambiguity in the combined picture that emerged from the surveys regarding public opinion on the seriousness of the threats that climate change poses and what should be done about it.