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In Texas and elsewhere, cities see potential in building deconstruction

In cities including San Antonio, local authorities with an eye to climate, sustainability and jobs impacts increasingly are requiring that buildings be taken apart rather than demolished.

Context May 17, 2023

El Paso voters soundly reject Climate Charter proposition opposed by business

Proposition K, comprising several climate policies, landed on the ballot after organizers gathered about 22,000 signatures on a petition. But it sparked fierce opposition – and heavy campaign spending – from business groups.

El Paso Matters May 7, 2023

US renewable power surged ahead of coal for the first time last year

Texas led in generating electricity from wind, natural gas and coal, and was the No. 2 state in solar. Experts say the national trend toward renewables still isn’t fast enough to stop the worst impacts of climate change.

Grist April 10, 2023

El Paso charter fight: Will a Texas city move away from fossil fuels?

As global efforts to combat climate change falter, climate activists have turned to local initiatives to rein in carbon emissions. A May vote on a city charter amendment has thrust El Paso into the fray.

Texas Tribune April 10, 2023

‘Act now’: IPCC climate report appeals to all to salvage 1.5 C goal

The new science report says rapid, deep emissions cuts are needed. It urges people everywhere to act out of self-interest for their health and wellbeing and says choices this decade will have impacts for thousands of years.

Context March 21, 2023

The fight to define ‘green hydrogen’ could determine America’s emissions future

The Treasury Department's definition will affect billions of dollars in federal subsidies for the nascent industry. Hydrogen fuel could replace oil, gas, and coal in a range of applications with no carbon emissions when used.

Grist March 20, 2023

Big Oil’s trade group allies outspent clean energy groups by a whopping 27x

Billions have been spent on ads and lobbying to keep fossil fuels flowing. Two university researchers report how they followed the money trail through U.S. tax filings to track the huge sums paid out to shape federal policy.

The Conversation February 18, 2023

Drilling down on fossil fuels and climate change: Four audio reports

The U.S. has promised to move away from fossil fuels, but the natural gas industry is booming – America's largest exporter of liquefied natural gas is expanding facilities in Corpus Christi. Plus three other podcast stories.

Reveal February 2, 2023

2022’s US climate disasters, from storms and floods to heat waves and droughts

While too much rainfall threatened some regions, extreme heat and too little precipitation worsened risks elsewhere. Climate change is intensifying such extreme events and causing them to occur more frequently.

The Conversation January 6, 2023

What is the “30 by 30” goal – and can it save global biodiversity?

An international conference began this week in Montreal with a target that's more complex than it sounds – protecting 30% of nature by 2030. Countries are debating what conservation actions should count and how to pay for them.

Context December 8, 2022

After COP27, all signs point to world blowing past the 1.5 C warming limit

One of the world’s leading Earth scientists explains why the 1.5-degree Celsius goal is important, how the outcome of the climate summit in Egypt means it’s unlikely to be met, and what we can still do about it.

Arizona State University December 2, 2022

New fossil fuels ‘incompatible’ with 1.5 C goal, broad analysis finds

A new report by an independent, Canada-based think tank found a broad consensus of published research supports the International Energy Agency’s conclusion that new oil and gas fields are at odds with the climate target.

Carbon Brief October 27, 2022

A leading scientist explains 2022’s supercharged summer of climate extremes

Global warming is undoubtedly a factor in recent heat waves, droughts and floods, sometimes one on top of the other. But how increasing extremes are related can bewilder the public and policymakers.

NCAR, U. of Aukland September 22, 2022

Global warming above 1.5 C could trigger ‘multiple’ tipping points

Crossing a “tipping point” threshold causes large, potentially irreversible changes in the Earth system. A study found a “significant likelihood” that several thresholds will be crossed if warming exceeds 1.5 C.

Carbon Brief September 9, 2022

Analysis: The climate bill’s big incentives for clean energy aren’t enough

The Inflation Reduction Act was just the first step. Two outcomes matter – how deeply U.S. actions slash domestic emissions and how effectively they cut clean technologies’ costs so other nations can slash emissions too.

Rice University August 20, 2022

Global warming at work: July was US history’s warmest month of nights

In Galveston, an astounding 24 of 31 nights set record-warm minimum temperatures last month. The average for daily highs in Texas was a withering 100.2, making July the state’s second-hottest month on record by that measure.

Yale Climate Connections August 10, 2022

Chiles, coffee, wine: How the climate crisis is causing food shortages

Blistering heat, stronger storms, droughts, floods and fires are putting food production at risk around the world. Recent examples include wheat in Texas, chiles in Mexico, wine in France and coffee in Brazil.

The Guardian July 8, 2022

They once worked for Big Oil’s enablers. Now they refuse to be complicit

Workers within industries that prop up fossil fuels said they could no longer ignore the climate crisis. So they quit. Three of them who did reveal their experiences.

The Guardian June 14, 2022

Grim 2022 drought outlook for Western US offers warnings for the future

Climate change is bringing a hotter, thirstier atmosphere, which is turning what would otherwise be near-normal or moderately dry conditions into droughts that are more severe or extreme.

U. of Colorado May 27, 2022

How the oil and gas industry is trying to hold US public schools hostage

Fossil fuel groups are telling New Mexicans: Let us keep drilling or your education system will collapse. The message represents a rhetorical strategy that social scientists call the “fossil fuel savior frame.”

The Guardian May 11, 2022

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