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The polluting elite: Research spotlights why the climate needs ‘radical’ lifestyle changes

You may not feel able to fight global warming on your own. But government policy nudges could help wealthy consumers shift to greener lifestyles, says a new report from Germany.

Thomson Reuters Foundation October 15, 2021

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Are Tesla and Texas a perfect match? It’s questionable. New York Times New York and Texas are winning the war to attract bitcoin miners. CNBC An abandoned oil well springs back to life, throwing one West Texas rancher into a battle over her land's future. Marfa Public Radio As winter nears, tensions rise over how to prevent Texas blackouts from happening again. Houston Chronicle Houston, epicenter of Harvey damage, still would get $0 under Texas' latest disaster aid plan. Houston Chronicle Texas wants to strengthen the power grid. Are batteries the answer? Houston Chronicle Air pollution could be making Houston thunderstorms more intense. Researchers want to find out for sure. Houston Public Media

October 13, 2021

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Massive, controversial solar project near Lake Charles offers peek into Louisiana's energy future. Advocate A month after Ida's landfall, Louisianians decry 'Third World' conditions. Reuters Shell warns of possible $500 million hit from Hurricane Ida. AP Record landfalls for tropical storms and hurricanes in US Washington Post

October 13, 2021

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At Glasgow, can the world move from aspiration to action? Yale E360 Energy crunch stokes inflation, economic recovery concerns. Reuters More than 30 countries join US pledge to slash methane emissions. New York Times Fossil fuel industry gets subsidies of $11m a minute, IMF finds. The Guardian Nobel Prize in physics honors work on climate change. New York Times Ford and General Motors fight it out to electrfy. The Economist State, federal actions show growing push for a nuclear role in reaching net zero emissions. Utility Dive Triple jeopardy: Children face dark future of climate disasters. NBC

October 13, 2021

A big jump in climate-action support follows 2021’s run of extreme weather

A new national poll found increases in Americans’ agreement that global warming is happening, their worries about it and support for climate action. Will the surge translate into passage of bills stalled in Congress?

‘A lot of impatience’: Youth climate protesters return to the streets

Greta Thunberg’s Fridays for Future movement has resumed mass street protests for the first time since the pandemic began.

Thomson Reuters Foundation September 27, 2021

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Why Entergy's system failed after Hurricane Ida in New Orleans. NPR Climate, bankruptcies: A 'perfect storm' for oil leaks?. E&E News Drought tests centuries-old water traditions in New Mexico. AP

September 27, 2021

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COP26: How the UN climate conference works, and what leaders hope to achieve. CNN Fossil fuel companies pitch hydrogen made from natural gas. Time EPA sharply limits use of HFCs – powerful greenhouse gases used as coolants. CBS News China pledges to stop financing coal power plants abroad. NPR Biden commits to double U.S. climate change funding for developing nations. Yahoo Big tech’s pro-climate rhetoric is not matched by policy action, report finds. The Guardian U.S. and E.U. pledge 30% cut in methane emissions to limit global heating. The Guardian Biden launches plan to address 'silent killer': extreme heat. AP

September 25, 2021

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With its new cryptocurrency mining business on city land, Denton is suddenly a crypto player: Watchdog Dave Lieber asks 'Does doubling electricity usage in Denton help or hurt the Texas grid?' Dallas Morning News Natural gas prices are rising. Here’s why that helps the cleanest (and dirtiest) electricity sources. Inside Climate News Exxon’s secret assist from the world’s top PR firm. Dallas Morning News Methane crackdown could threaten u.s. Driller profits, Citi says. Bloomberg Shell exits Permian with $9.5 bln Texas shale sale to ConocoPhillips. Reuters How to talk about climate change across the political divide. New Yorker Power-hungry Texas looks at ways to cut demand for electricity. Houston Chronicle

September 25, 2021

Climate, local authority, divestment: The enduring clout of oil and gas

Fossil fuels don’t dominate the Texas economy as they did in the past. But they still provide “a huge amount of the money that goes into the coffers” of public office-seekers, said a TCU political scientist.

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Summer 2021 was hottest on record in US, tied with Dust Bowl summer of 1936. CNN Biden wants nearly half the nation’s energy to come from solar by 2050. Washington Post Study calls for strict limits on oil, coal to curb warming. AP Methane rule to eclipse past regulations, including Obama's. E&E News Harvard will move to divest its endowment from fossil fuels. Harvard Crimson Joe Manchin’s dirty empire. Intercept Oil industry launches lobbying blitz as Congress targets fossil fuel subsidies. DeSmog

September 11, 2021

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After hurricane Ida, how much longer can New Orleans’s new levees hold?. New Yorker New Orleans built a power plant to prepare for storms and hurricanes. It sat dark for 2 days. New York Times To keep the lights on, New Orleans’ grid needs to change—here’s how. National Geographic

September 11, 2021

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Advocates charged over Houston plan to add 100 electric vehicles in shift to gasoline-free fleet. Houston Chronicle Climate change may have worsened deadly Texas cold wave. Washington Post Army Corps releases final $29 billion ‘Ike Dike’ study for Congressional approval. Houston Public Media Border wall or levee? South Texas structure sparks controversy. Texas Tribune Tesla plan to sell electricity in Texas would cut out the 'middleman'. Utility Dive More than two-thirds of observed Permian wells flaring without permit, report says. Houston Chronicle Lubbock water conservation holds off multi-million dollar water supply projects. KCBD

September 11, 2021

My lengthy battle to abandon fossil fuels: A British journalist’s personal account

How easy is it for one person to go carbon-neutral in the U.K.? Not all that easy, it seems. Paul Brown, an editor of Climate News Network and former Guardian correspondent, describes his long effort.

Climate News Network September 9, 2021

No doubt climate change made Ida more destructive, scientists say

Warmer ocean waters can rapidly strengthen storms. Ocean warming has been unceasing for 50 years, the IPCC recently reported. And this trend “will likely continue until at least 2300 even for low-emission scenarios.”

TCN Digest: Even with a ‘code red’ climate report, scientists still have hope

“Unprecedented” climate changes lie ahead, some “irreversible.” Parts of the IPCC’s latest update may prompt a defeatist response, but the report also says there’s still time to avoid the worst, researchers stress.

‘Code red for humanity’: The IPCC report’s meaning for the world and Texas

Human-caused warming of the earth is “unequivocal,” the new scientific assessment’s authors declared. “This report must sound a death knell for coal and fossil fuels,” the UN secretary-general said.

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Louisiana needs sand to rebuild its coast. Old oil and gas pipelines are blocking the way. Washington Post Forecasters: Hurricane season to be busier than 1st thought. AP Burn scars can have lasting impacts on communities for years after wildfire. New Mexico Political Report

August 8, 2021

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Biden calls for half of new cars to be electric or plug-in hybrids by 2030. Washington Post U.S. automakers pledge huge increase in electric vehicles. AP Biden announces record amount of climate resilience funding. New York Times Climate change almost completely destabilizes Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation, study finds. Washington Post Floods: Research shows millions more at risk of flooding. BBC New climate report will detail grim future of hotter, extreme weather and rising seas. Scientific American The U.S. power sector is halfway to net zero emissions, but it gets harder now, analysts say. Utility Dive Bipartisan $1 trillion Senate infrastructure bill focuses on transmission, nuclear, carbon capture. Utility Dive

August 8, 2021

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Exxon considers pledging ‘net zero’ carbon by 2050. Wall Street Journal Dead zones spread along Oregon coast and Gulf of Mexico, study shows. The Guardian Texas oil regulator floats tax credits for natural gas projects. Houston Chronicle Energy industry showers Gov. Greg Abbott, other Texas politicians with campaign cash after they passed power grid bills. Texas Tribune FERC must redo climate analysis for Texas LNG projects - D.C. Circuit. Reuters CenterPoint customers will pay price for pipeline company profits during Texas freeze. Houston Chronicle

August 7, 2021

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