September 11, 2020

other reports-texas-9/20

Is 'clean energy' a winning issue for GOP candidates? Austin American-Statesman Investment giants urge Texas to end most natural gas flaring. Bloomberg A new study finds a link between flaring and an increase in premature births. Texas Observer Occidental financing major CO2 removal plant in Texas. Reuters Chinese-backed wind project sparks Texas border brawl. E&E News A Texas town takes on fracking as a racial justice issue. Bloomberg Water, Texas. Circle of Blue

September 11, 2020

other reports-region-9/20

Oklahoma governor asked EPA to strip tribes of environmental authority. TYT.com Louisiana's population is moving to escape climate catastrophe. Quartz New Mexico must combat climate crisis, Luján says. Santa Fe New Mexican Louisiana governor's goal: net zero greenhouse gases by 2050. AP Hurricane Laura was powerful, but Louisiana was prepared. New York Times

September 11, 2020

other reports-beyond-9/20

Wildfires and weather extremes: It's not coincidence, it's climate change. CBS Think 2020's disasters are wild? Experts see worse in future. AP Greenhouse gases hit new record despite lockdowns, UN says. Reuters How SUVs conquered the world – at the expense of its climate. The Guardian Federal report warns of financial havoc from climate change. New York Times Trump, calling himself 'the No. 1 environmental president,' green washes his record. New York Times Biden presidency could decarbonize US power sector by 2035, Trump win would delay past 2050: Woodmac. Utility Dive It's a bizarre time for Trump to open Alaska's Arctic refuge up to oil drilling. CNN

September 3, 2020

Evidence grows that more quick-strengthening Lauras are in our future

The likelihood that a tropical cyclone would become a Category 3-5 hurricane grew by 8 percent per decade between 1979 and 2017, according to a new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

August 19, 2020 ELECTION 2020

Will climate get top-tier attention in the presidential race’s home stretch?

Climate change and related energy issues seemed to be in place to play a historically prominent role in the 2020 campaign. Then came the pandemic, economic turmoil and a renewed debate over racial justice.

August 18, 2020

other reports-texas-8/20

Texas solar hits a turning point. Texas Observer Railroad Commission candidate at center of lawsuit over troubled oil and gas waste disposal site. Houston Chronicle Texas approves 12 GW of solar projects in seven months, yet 9 GW of battery projects languish. PV Magazine NRG mothballs carbon capture project at coal plant. Houston Chronicle Railroad Commission moves toward adopting industry recommendations to reduce flaring. Houston Chronicle City staff working on Houston's climate plan are being paid by BP. Vice Car-centric Houston takes first steps toward becoming more 'walkable' with new development rules. Houston Chronicle Oil donors flock to Trump as Biden hardens climate stance. Houston Chronicle

August 18, 2020

other reports-region-8/20

Mexico's renewables fiasco keeps getting worse. Greentech Media Louisiana's oil industry hoping for federal help until global fuel demand rebounds. Washington Examiner Trump's border wall 'biggest threat' to Southwest wildlife, government emails reveal. Gizmodo 'New Mexico is leading the nation': Renewables set to replace coal-fired San Juan Generating Station. NM Political Report

August 18, 2020

other reports-beyond-8/20

Trump administration finalizes plan to open oil drilling in Alaska's Arctic Refuge. New York Times Major oil companies oppose EPA methane rollback. The Hill Europe's big oil companies are turning electric. New York Times Last decade was Earth's hottest on record as climate crisis accelerates. The Guardian Report: Existing solutions could prevent catastrophic climate change. Yale Climate Connections Hurricane, fire, Covid-19: Disasters expose the hard reality of climate change. New York Times Covid-19 lockdown will have 'negligible' impact on climate crisis – study. The Guardian How Joe Biden got greener. Washington Post

August 13, 2020

Reducing deforestation, wildlife trade, key to limiting future pandemics

A new study finds precautionary measures that decrease animal-human contact and pathogen spread are a sound return on investment. Pandemics, like climate change, need global solutions, a Rice University co-author says.

August 7, 2020

Public transportation may see dramatic makeover in post-pandemic world

Don’t be surprised if Covid-19 spells the end of fixed-route, big-bus systems, to be replaced by autonomous vehicles and more flexible "demand-responsive" operations, transportation experts say.

August 4, 2020 Climate News Network

The cascade of plastic waste entering the oceans could triple in 20 years

In a throwaway world, some discards are forever. New research in the journal Science measures the crisis of plastic garbage, projecting it could reach 29 million tons – 110 pounds for every meter of shoreline worldwide.

July 31, 2020

other reports-texas-7/20

Trump downplays West Texas energy worries, attacks Democrats. AP Pandemic overshadows Texas trip where Trump fundraised and touted American oil. CNN A climate plan in Texas focuses on minorities. Not everyone likes it. New York Times CPS Energy moves forward with sweeping clean energy plan. San Antonio Express-News BP donates $2M and manpower toward Houston's climate plan. Houston Chronicle Texas relaxed environmental enforcement during the pandemic. Texas Observer Endangered sea turtle imperiled as Park Service cuts back. Los Angeles Times Texas moves ahead on discharging oil wastewater, even as EPA balks. Houston Chronicle

July 31, 2020

other reports-region-7/20

Destroying a way of life to save Louisiana. New York Times Loopholes in methane emission rules concern environmentalists. Santa Fe New Mexican The deadly plague that could devastate the US rabbit population. The Guardian In parched Southwest, warm spring renews threat of 'megadrought.' New York Times

July 31, 2020

other reports-beyond-7/20

Dozens of facilities skipping out on EPA pollution monitoring have prior offenses. The Hill The oil lobby is already finding fault with Biden's new climate plan. Washington Post Oil and gas groups see 'some common ground' in Biden energy plan. New York Times EPA Inspector General to investigate Trump’s biggest climate rollback. New York Times Air pollution 'greatest risk' to global life expectancy. France 24 How the global climate fight could be lost if Trump is re-elected. The Guardian EU approves biggest green stimulus in history with $572 billion plan. Bloomberg Global warming likely to be more severe than earlier climate sensitivity estimates. Washington Post

July 26, 2020

New reports help detail the scope of increasing flood threats in Texas

First Street Foundation’s study indicates Houston is the U.S. city with the greatest number of properties at flood risk now. A new NOAA report points to the growing threat of high-tide flooding along the Texas Gulf Coast.

July 9, 2020

Texas cities join mapping project in effort to fight urban heat islands

Pockets of higher temperatures in urban areas pose health threats, particularly to marginalized communities. By mapping these areas, experts hope to get a better sense of effective ameliorative strategies.

July 2, 2020

Pandemic may prompt behavioral changes good for atmosphere, experts say

Stay-at-home orders and lockdowns resulted in sharp drops in C02 emissions that likely won’t continue when the Covid pandemic wanes. But recovery does offer opportunities to remake our economy in climate-friendly ways.

June 25, 2020 Q&A: PART 2 OF 2

Environmental justice: The Trump administration and the road ahead

Robert Bullard, “father of environmental justice,” reflects on Trump's environmental rollbacks, a “convergence” of issues after George Floyd's death, and his hopes for the future. Second of a two-part interview.

June 22, 2020 Q&A: PART 1 OF 2

Environmental justice: How far have we come, how far yet to go?

Robert Bullard of Texas Southern University, “father of environmental justice,” assesses the swelling anti-racism movement and the campaign to link environmentalism with racial and social justice. First of a two-part interview.

June 10, 2020

Pandemic complicates plans for dealing with possible severe storm season

Above-average sea-surface temperatures could mean more powerful hurricanes this year, experts warn. Can Gulf Coast hospitals handle an influx of injured storm victims on top of a swelling Covid-19 patient load?

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