TCN Journal

Reporting, analysis, summary, synthesis

June 21, 2019

Those hot summer nights are getting hotter as climate change progresses

“High lows” – increasing overnight minimum temperatures – are happening in Texas, throughout the U.S. and around the world. Warmer weather at night can pose significant health risks, scientists say.

June 8, 2019

Oceans of trouble: Austin man swimming through Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Ben Lecomte, a French-born long-distance swimmer who now calls Texas home, is collecting ideas and data on his trek while he calls attention to plastic debris and other ocean conservation problems.

May 22, 2019

Houston survey: Climate concern steady but less support for related policies

The Rice University poll's authors noted that “the instinctive resistance to an increase in government controls over the initiatives of the private sector is still firmly embedded, it would seem, in Houston’s basic DNA.”

May 6, 2019

Is a breakthrough in sight for climate action? New polls shed some light

After years near the bottom of public priorities, climate change is now the top concern among Democratic voters, one recent survey found. Other polls also reveal a growing feeling of urgency, especially among young people.

April 24, 2019

Climate change producing more pollen, longer allergy season, research shows

Scientists say one new analysis "illustrates a clear positive correlation between recent global warming and an increase in the seasonal duration and amount of pollen for multiple allergenic plant species."

March 18, 2019

Students rally worldwide for climate action: Houston’s event in pictures

Young people in Texas joined hundreds of thousands of others across the U.S. and around the world in cutting class (or, for some, skipping Spring Break recreation) to demand more vigorous action against climate change.

March 6, 2019

Rising temperatures threaten health of fetuses, researchers say

An international team of researchers projected as much as a 35 percent increase in newborns with heart malformations in a region including Texas. Two medical experts in Houston told TCN the finding is cause for concern.

February 19, 2019

Some wildlife areas in Rio Grande Valley spared wall construction – for now

Rep. Henry Cuellar of Laredo secured statutory reprieves for some areas protecting the region's rich biodiversity. Other conservation tracts, however, are potentially vulnerable to President Trump's “emergency” declaration.

February 5, 2019 ELSEWHERE

Elsewhere: Introducing our occasional selections of climate news beyond Texas

Texas Climate News is Texas-centric. How could we not be? Texas is the first word in our name. We also pay attention to goings-on beyond our state's borders, of course. And with articles tagged “Elsewhere,” we're doing that in a new way.

January 23, 2019

Warming oceans, melting ice: New studies record hurricane-boosting trends

New research on rising ocean temperatures and melting ice in Arctic and Antarctic regions underscores warnings that Harvey and Ike were harbingers of what climate change has in store for Texas and other coastal locations.

January 14, 2019

Recent polls find growing embrace of climate science, climate action

Texas' governor wouldn't say if he thinks climate change is fueling weather disasters: “I'm not a scientist.” Texas scientists told him firmly that it is. National polls indicate public opinion moving in the scientists' direction.

January 4, 2019

For more livable cities, landscape architect says answer the call of the wild

Kevin Sloan of Dallas is a big proponent of "rewilding," a practice of designing green space to attract wildlife and reframe cities. Austin journalist Asher Elbein talked with Sloan about the meaning and promise of the concept.

December 24, 2018

50 years ago, an image of a blue planet inspired environmental awareness

On Christmas Eve 1968, astronaut Bill Anders captured an iconic image, Earthrise. It helped catalyze “whole Earth” consciousness, dominated today by climate concerns. Later photos by U.S. astronauts reinforced its influence.

December 19, 2018

Happy birthday to us! Texas Climate News is now 10 years old

Our commitment to fact-based journalism continues with the same goal we stated in 2008 – “to help inform the public dialogue that's unfolding as Texans confront a changing climate and work to build more sustainable futures.”

December 11, 2018

Renewable energy’s future still shines bright in Texas, UT expert says

Despite Trump administration efforts to boost coal’s share of the energy pie, cost factors continue to be a daunting challenge. Moreover, Republicans in Texas like renewables, even if they don’t say it, says Joshua Rhodes.

December 4, 2018

Texas in the National Climate Assessment: Gleanings from 1,600 pages

“Earth’s climate is now changing faster than at any point in the history of modern civilization, primarily as a result of human activities,” the report says. We selected key passages and graphics relevant to Texas.

November 9, 2018 DC DISPATCHES

Dallas’ Johnson aims to put House Science Committee back in tune with … science

U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson is expected to chair the Science Committee when Democrats assume control of the House. Quite unlike the current chair, Texan Lamar Smith, she accepts mainstream climate science.

November 5, 2018

Cruz-O’Rourke Senate race gives Texans dramatic choice on climate issues

Ted Cruz rejects the scientific consensus on manmade climate change and opposes measures to limit it. Beto O'Rourke accepts the consensus and calls for urgent action to address "the defining existential threat of our time."

October 26, 2018

For beer lovers, climate change may serve up a bitter brew

Needless to say, a lot of Texans won't be happy about this: A new study predicts extreme heat and drought could cause a dramatic worldwide decline in barley yields, driving beer prices up and supply down. Melissa Gaskill explains.

September 10, 2018

Citizen scientists volunteer to help track the effects of climate change

Scientists studying impacts of climate change on Texas habitats and wildlife can use some help. Enter citizen science – projects in which non-experts volunteer to help collect scientific data. Melissa Gaskill reports.

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