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December 6, 2019

A departed Republican’s service and words illuminate a different GOP

William Ruckelshaus, who died recently, led the EPA under two Republican presidents. He later headed a Houston-based corporation. His legacy is a reminder that his party’s leadership once included such avid conservationists.

November 13, 2019

Disaster drone pilots are working hard and getting tired, research shows

Drones are increasingly being deployed in natural disaster response, including a slew of climate-related applications in recent years. For the humans flying these unmanned machines, working conditions are tough.

November 6, 2019 ELSEWHERE

Germany is putting a price on all CO2 emissions to fight climate change

Angela Merkel's government, pushed by protests, is installing a “climate package” with $60 billion for electric mobility, public transport and building retrofits. German journalist Bernhard Poetter reports from Berlin for TCN.

October 23, 2019 CITIES+CLIMATE

After two years of effort, San Antonio finally has a climate action plan

Not everyone is crazy about San Antonio’s plan, but it’s a start. The framework for reaching carbon neutrality by 2050 omits a coal plant, ensuring more debate. Part 2 in our series on Texas cities’ climate action plans.

October 15, 2019

Climate change plus looser pesticide rules may imperil declining Texas bees

Bees are struggling across the board – a trend that seems at odds with recent federal actions. And then there’s the impact of climate change. What does all of this mean for pollinators in the Lone Star State?

October 9, 2019

‘The End of Ice’ – chilling look at what a hotter Earth means for human life

Dahr Jamail, a journalist born and raised in Houston, talked with TCN about his new book. Even if we stopped burning fossil fuels today, we won't escape all impacts of climate disruption we've already set in motion, he says.

September 25, 2019 CITIES+CLIMATE

A new series on Texas cities’ climate action plans. First installment: Dallas

With little help from federal or state officials, Texas cities are getting ready for climate change alone. Local plans have limited power but can achieve some things, while illuminating climate equity and justice issues.

September 9, 2019 CITIES+CLIMATE

Texas cities roll slowly toward clean and quiet battery-electric buses

Transit officials in a half-dozen of the state’s bigger cities are deploying electric buses on the streets, at least in small numbers. Progress is gradual so far, but the trend line is clear.

August 20, 2019 HEALTH+CLIMATE

Health after Harvey: The lingering stress and distress of a major hurricane

Researchers convene in Houston this week to discuss findings about Hurricane Harvey’s public-health impacts and healthcare providers’ response. This is one of two articles exploring some of what they’ve learned.

August 20, 2019 HEALTH+CLIMATE

Health after Harvey: Some physical problems persist, others are undefined

Some health issues arose after the storm had passed. And its ebb didn’t mean all of them abated. Contaminated floodwaters carried chemicals, biotoxins, waste, sewage and debris that can cause illnesses and injury.

August 5, 2019

Slip-sliding away? Coal’s Texas role keeps shrinking despite GOP efforts

Recent developments underscore a continuing trend: Even without Obama's climate rules to help phase out coal (now abandoned by Trump), coal continues to suffer at the expense of wind and natural gas as sources of electricity.

June 17, 2019

In Texas and elsewhere, science seeks ways to reduce methane from cattle

Cows belch a lot of heat-trapping methane. Are climate-friendlier beef and milk possible? Kelly Calagna examines the issue in an article and video for TCN, including a look at a Texas-developed digestive aid for cattle.

June 5, 2019

Meeting assesses a low-carbon future for decidedly high-carbon Houston

The Center for Houston's Future, a think tank affiliated with the city's leading business organization, is holding a Houston Low-Carbon Energy Summit. The Center's CEO, Brett Perlman, talked with TCN's editor about the event.

May 29, 2019

Texas Legislature hints at climate change without saying its name

Harvey's destruction (amplified by climate change) inspired lawmakers to OK flood-control funds. But facing climate change directly was still too much. A summary of the session's environmental action and (mainly) inaction.

May 17, 2019

The Amazon forest: Crucial for Earth’s climate but facing new threats

Melissa Gaskill, a science writer and TCN contributing editor, traveled to Brazil to learn more about the Amazon rainforest and its role in climate change. The forest's future has never been so uncertain, she reports.

April 6, 2019

Electric bullet train would bring Texas to the forefront of sustainable travel

Construction on the Houston-Dallas rail line could start late this year, the company behind the project has said. A study projected it would replace enough highway travel to achieve a net saving in energy use.

March 28, 2019

In Texas even the mildest climate bills face near-certain death

Several bills dealing with climate change are going nowhere in the 2019 Legislature. The same fate met such proposals in other recent sessions. Just planning for worse heat and flooding can sometimes be too hot for lawmakers to touch.

February 27, 2019

Carbon tax to fight climate change faces dim prospects in the new Congress

Some environmentalists have long backed a carbon tax. Some big oil companies are now on board. But the newer "Green New Deal" proposal may be sapping the tax idea's momentum. TCN's Washington correspondent reports.

February 13, 2019

New studies: Migratory birds face multiple threats from climate change

The findings are especially relevant in Texas. Some two billion birds migrate over the U.S. Gulf Coast each spring. The highest traffic occurs in Texas, with as many as 26,000 birds per kilometer of airspace each night.

November 1, 2018

Migrant caravans, climate change, food security – and the future

Caravans of Central American migrants continue trekking toward the U.S. It's another dramatic reminder, experts say, that climate disruption is a major driver for such desperate emigration — with more to come.

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