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Extreme summer heat could rival Texas’ record-setting summer of 2011

Sweltering conditions in a new summer forecast include frequent highs of 105 and hotter. And there’s no end to the state’s current drought in sight. La Niña, often associated with drought in Texas, is predicted to persist.

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

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Austin's new chief resiliency officer talks equipping communities in face of extreme weather, violence, injustice. Utility Dive Meet the climate scientist taking on Joe Rogan and QAnon. E&E News Why the Texas power grid is vulnerable to blackouts during winter storms and heat waves. Vox Will the Texas power grid survive the summer after record heat? Houston Chronicle How an organized Republican effort punishes companies for climate action. New York Times BP targets Houston for major carbon capture project. Houston Chronicle New Texas plan for federal Harvey aid again diverts money away from coast. Texas Tribune

June 2, 2022

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Monarch butterfly numbers in Mexico rise by 35%. AP Why won’t the EPA fine New Mexico’s greenhouse gas leakers? Capitol & Main Bad news for the 2022 hurricane season: The Loop Current, a fueler of monster storms, is looking a lot like it did in 2005, the year of Katrina. The Conversation Priceless seeds, sprouts key to US West's post-fire future. AP

June 2, 2022

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Climate inaction could cost the world $178 trillion. Fast Company G7 commits to decarbonizing electricity by 2035 but leaves wiggle room for fossil fuels. CNN Greenhouse gas pollution trapping almost 50 percent more heat than 30 years ago. The Hill Recycling plastic is a total bust, industry critics say. CBS News UN warns of ‘Total Societal Collapse’ due to breaching of planetary boundaries. Byline Times Climate worries galvanize a new pro-nuclear movement in the US. Washington Post Australia’s rightwing government weaponised climate change - now it has faced its reckoning. The Guardian Critical climate indicators broke records in 2021, says UN. The Guardian

June 2, 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

Texas could have foreseen 2021 cold-wave disaster, new study concludes

A warming climate hasn’t erased the risk of cold extremes, and the Texas power grid wasn’t prepared for the frigid blast that blanketed the state in February 2021. Will it be ready for the next one?

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Offshore wind farms: Are they America's next big energy boom? Houston Chronicle Oil giants sell dirty wells to buyers with looser climate goals, study finds. New York Times Texas power demand hits monthly record in heatwave. US News Midsummer heat baking southern states with highs feeling like July. Washington Post Houston-based HIF Global selected Bay City site for its first $6B e-fuels plant. Houston Chronicle Texas crypto miners expected to use enough electricity to power Houston. Bloomberg ‘We have a democracy problem’: how Texas voter suppression helps keep climate action off the table. The Guardian

May 13, 2022

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The Southwest’s drought and fires are a window to our climate change future. ProPublica Massive New Mexico wildfire grows, but Taos safe for now. AP Louisiana's coastal communities could see $5.5B in damages in worst-case climate change scenario. NOLA.com

May 13, 2022

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US fracking boom could tip world to edge of climate disaster. The Guardian 'Hurricane Gun:' Trump asked if china was launching storms at US. Rolling Stone Oil companies are not spending windfall profits on climate. Time Recycling plastic is a total bust, industry critics say. CBS Exxon doubles down on ‘advanced recycling’ claims that yield few results. The Guardian Swiping right on climate love: Dating apps and environmental advocacy. DW Massive wildfires helped fuel global forest losses in 2021. Washington Post Supreme Court leak strikes fear among environmental lawyers. Washington Post

May 13, 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

As heat waves increase, green roofs could help cool Texas cities

Vegetation-covered roofs may be challenging to create and maintain, but they can be up to 40 degrees cooler than conventional roofs. They can also reduce flash flooding and provide islands of habitat for pollinators.

Nearly two years after Hurricane Laura, Louisiana Gulf Coast is still recovering

Abandonment, rebuilding, and uncertainty lie in wake of Louisiana’s most powerful hurricane on record. A writer-photographer found much destruction “was still exactly as it would have been the day after Laura hit.”

Yale Climate Connections April 27, 2022

TCN Digest: “Now or never” – IPCC on keeping warming below dangerous levels

The U.N.-sponsored body assessed various strategies for limiting pollution-fueled climate change to avoid the worst impacts. “Carbon dioxide removal” supplements emission reductions in some of them.

Q&A: Daniel Cohan of Rice University on charting a path out of climate gridlock

In his new book, the atmospheric scientist and environmental engineering professor dives into diplomacy, technology and policy, arguing that action in all three areas is needed for progress against climate change.

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Texas wildfires fueled, in part, by climate change. WFAA ‘Like a bomb went off’: Residents pick up the pieces after wildfire consumes Texas town. Dallas Morning News Texas warns firms they could lose contracts for fossil fuel divestments. Texas Tribune In Texas, an environmental battle over solar in a tall-grass prairie. Washington Post Exxon plans hydrogen and carbon-capture/storage plant near Houston. Reuters Texas led US in clean energy installations in 2021, report finds. Houston Chronicle Botanist finds signs border wall and road crews are threatening rare plant now under endangered species review. KRGV

March 29, 2022

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Methane survey from small plane finds more pollution, waste. AP With Biden in Europe promising to expedite US LNG Exports, environmentalists on the Gulf Coast say, not so fast. Inside Climate News Oklahoma wants to be the home of electric-, hydrogen-fueled vehicles. McAlester News-Capital NM enters multistate hydrogen hub initiative. Albuquerque Journal Gov. Edwards' climate task force unanimously approves state greenhouse gas reduction plan. NOLA.com

March 29, 2022

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War shakes Europe path to energy independence, climate goals. AP Misinformation is stopping renewable energy projects. NPR Biden's environment and energy agencies would see funding boost under proposed budget for fiscal year 2023. CNN Large fires becoming even larger, more widespread. Washington Post How Joe Manchin aided coal, and earned millions. New York Times Natural gas industry gets boost as Biden shifts stance. Wall Street Journal US pipeline agency pulls back plan to assess climate impacts. AP Tennessee Valley Authority chooses gas, undermining Biden’s climate goals. New York Times

March 29, 2022

Decades of lobbying weakened gas mileage, boosted pain at the pump

The oil and automotive industries, as well as the Koch network, undercut efforts to make today’s fleet of vehicles more efficient and less reliant on fossil fuels.

DeSmog March 19, 2022

Millions of Texans lack home weatherization that can save energy, lives

“There’s a huge number of homes out there that cannot hold a [set temperature] for even a minute – if the AC shuts off, that house is getting hot,” a Texas energy efficiency expert said.

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