January 26, 2021

Biden moves quickly to begin undoing Trump’s climate and energy policies

From rejoining the Paris Climate Agreement to canceling the Keystone pipeline to halting leasing in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife refuge, the new administration embarked on a bold turn-around for the country.

January 5, 2021

Federal rules, international pressure may finally snuff methane flaring

Texas regulators have consistently allowed the controversial practice at oil and gas wells, which contributes to manmade climate change. Voters in November rejected a Democratic candidate who called for tougher state regulation.

December 24, 2020

From our archives: The impact of historic December images of Earth

The period around the Winter Solstice has been an occasion for reflection and celebration for millennia. In recent times, it was also when astronauts took photos of Earth that helped animate planetary consciousness.

December 15, 2020

Latest evidence heightens extinction concerns for animals and plants

Recent scientific papers say the extinction rate for vertebrate animals is greater than thought and that two in five plant species are at risk of disappearing. An overview by Melissa Gaskill of Earth’s biodiversity crisis.

December 4, 2020

Drought, fire threat increasing in Texas again as La Niña takes hold

Fall's mild weather and scant rainfall suggest we may be in for a repeat of harsh conditions last seen in 2011, when the state endured its driest year in more than a century of recordkeeping, plus a punishing heat wave.

November 24, 2020

other reports-region-11/20

Judge delays crucial permit for Formosa Plastics plant; requires deeper analysis of racial impacts. The Advocate Where Native American members of Congress stand on climate. Grist How faith leaders organized to win two major environmental victories in Louisiana. Southerly New Mexico makes progress on climate change, but more to do, report says. Santa Fe New Mexican

November 24, 2020

other reports-beyond-11/20

Biden names John Kerry as presidential climate envoy. Washington Post General Motors drops support for trump climate rollbacks. New York Times The fossil fuel industry wants you to believe it’s good for people of color. Los Angeles Times When creatives turn destructive: Image-makers and the climate crisis. New Yorker Trump rolled back 100+ environmental rules. Biden may focus on undoing five of the biggest ones. InsideClimate News Boris Johnson proposes green industrial revolution for Britain. Washington Post Greenland's largest glaciers nearing rates of melt expected in 'worst-case scenario.' Independent

November 24, 2020

other reports-texas-11/20

'The opportunity is now' to fix flooding in Houston, expert says. Houston Chronicle Trump didn't win the Latino vote in Texas. He won the Tejano vote. Politico How FTI drove influence campaigns nationwide for big oil. New York Times Another coal plant to close in East Texas. Houston Chronicle In a lasting patch of Texas beach, residents seek to keep oil out. Houston Chronicle Texas earns an 'F' in how it teaches students about climate change, groups say. Dallas Morning News

November 24, 2020 Stateline

State climate action unlikely after Democrats fail to flip statehouses

The elections dimmed prospects for sweeping climate initiatives as Republicans held off Democratic takeovers of statehouses. The best hope for bold moves lies with legislatures already controlled by Democrats.

November 24, 2020 ELECTION 2020

Clean energy advocates wrestle with disappointing Texas election results

Climate-action appeals figured in several key races but failed to give Democrats the edge they needed to prevail over their Republican rivals. Analysis continues over what exactly went wrong.

November 11, 2020 ELECTION 2020

Biden pledges sweeping climate action but may face Senate pushback

Expect a dramatic change in U.S. policy when Joe Biden and Kamala Harris take office – they repeatedly commit to fight global warming and respect science. Much can be done by executive action. Legislation is another matter.

November 2, 2020 ELECTION 2020

Climate change will loom large over the next presidential term

Even more climate-related disasters may pile up in the early 2020s, say experts, and several new scientific assessments are being readied for prime time to update the picture of what lies ahead. Science writer Robert Henson reports.

November 1, 2020 ELECTION 2020

Analysis: Trump would continue to boost fossil fuels, spurn climate science

The president’s record and statements, along with statements by administration officials, indicate that the past four years were a vivid prologue to another term: More of the same on climate and energy.

October 31, 2020 ELECTION 2020

Analysis: Biden’s climate plan offers a stark contrast to Trump’s record

The former vice president’s climate platform is broad and detailed, but will probably require Democrats’ seizing the Senate and keeping control of the House. Then he’ll need to maneuver the tricky dance of legislation.

October 29, 2020 ELECTION 2020

Election may yield a Texas House friendlier to clean energy, climate action

Democrats are optimistic about upping their strength in the Legislature’s GOP-dominated lower chamber. Winning control isn’t out of the question. Either outcome could mean the best chance for climate-linked bills in years.

October 27, 2020 ELECTION 2020

Hill Country showdown: Wendy Davis, Chip Roy in a congressional horse race

Republican Roy has decried “hysteria” about climate-change concerns and declined to accept the scientific consensus about human causation. Democrat Davis says climate change is an existential threat requiring strong action.

October 23, 2020 ELECTION 2020

Controversial methane releases ignite interest in Railroad Commission race

The regulatory agency’s traditional friendliness to the oil and gas industry’s venting and flaring of methane is a focus of this year’s election. Methane is both a potent climate disruptor and a health-threatening pollutant.

October 21, 2020 ELECTION 2020

Can the Green New Deal win Texas voters’ support? Mike Siegel thinks so.

Siegel, the Democratic candidate in a congressional district stretching from Austin to Houston, is an enthusiastic Green New Deal advocate. Michael McCaul, the eight-term Republican incumbent, is an enthusiastic critic.

October 19, 2020 ELECTION 2020

Cornyn and Hegar treat climate and energy issues as a balancing act

The two Senate candidates acknowledge climate change is a threat. GOP incumbent Cornyn calls for research, Democrat Hegar for more renewable energy. Both distance themselves from their parties’ presidential nominees.

October 16, 2020 ANALYSIS

Is Amy Coney Barrett a climate-science denier? That’s for her to know.

The Supreme Court hopeful evaded senators’ efforts to pin down her views about climate change. But echoing climate-action foes, she called the vast scientific consensus that climate change is real and a threat “contentious.”

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