Texas-based AT&T is getting ready for climate change, even if Trump isn’t

Major corporations now face a serious dilemma: stand by federal rejections of climate change and climate action or take steps to adapt to a world where scientists say environmental changes may cost companies billions of dollars in repairs.

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

Is the climate issue poised for a historic breakthrough – from an era of persistent debate and piecemeal response into sweeping, concerted action?

Climate

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.

Biodiversity

Some wildlife areas in Rio Grande Valley spared wall construction

Some of the biodiversity-conservation sites in the Lower Rio Grande Valley of South Texas that are threatened by President Donald Trump's border wall proposal got at least a temporary reprieve last week.

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Migratory birds face multiple threats from climate change

Several recent studies suggest that climate change could make the trip tougher for many migratory birds, with shifts in the arrival of spring affecting their ability to fuel up for migration.

Climate

Elsewhere: Introducing our occasional selections of climate news beyond Texas

Texas Climate News presents a selection of annotated and linked examples of climate-related actions and other news beyond Texas.

Climate

Recent polls find growing embrace of climate science, climate action

Last month, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, who as attorney general had attacked climate science and fought Obama-era measures to counter climate-disrupting pollution, dodged a reporter's question about whether he now thinks climate change helped cause Texas weather disasters in recent years.

Climate

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

With urbanization and sprawl ongoing concerns in Texas cities, the question of how to build in ecological resilience grows more pressing.

Climate

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

Texas's competitive wholesale power market, covering 75 percent of the electric grid run by ERCOT (Electric Reliability Council of Texas), is accelerating toward a cleaner and cheaper fuel mix of natural gas, wind energy and utility-scale solar power. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently announced its Affordable Clean Power proposal giving coal plants incentives to increase their efficiency.

Toxics

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

As in earlier editions, the latest National Climate Assessment, the fourth, underscores the looming threats that climate disruptions pose to Texas and the state's acute vulnerability to those already unfolding changes.

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Did Harvey change minds? A leader of a key green group in Houston sees a shift

An increasing number of polls suggest that a majority of people in the Houston region believe that climate change is happening.

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California’s in the 2018 spotlight for wildfires, but Texas has the most

Although California's frightening and destructive wildfires have often dominated U.S. news coverage of this summer's globe-spanning weather extremes, federal statistics show Texas leads the nation with the largest number of wildfires of any state this year.

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Tropical storms’ forward movement has slowed, boosting rainfall, flooding

Texans have suffered repeatedly from flooding when slow-moving storm systems from the Gulf stalled instead of passing through rapidly.

From our Newsroom

Dust from your old furniture likely contains harmful chemicals—but there’s a solution

Researchers find people's exposure to PFAS and certain flame retardants could be significantly reduced by opting for healthier building materials and furniture.

Hormone-mimicking chemicals harm fish now—and their unexposed offspring later

Fish exposed to harmful contaminants can pass on health issues such as reproductive problems to future generations that had no direct exposure.

America re-discovers anti-science in its midst

Fauci, Birx, Redfield & Co. are in the middle of a political food fight. They could learn a lot from environmental scientists.

Roadmap points Europe toward safer, sustainable chemicals

EU Commission releases ambitious strategy for getting hormone-disrupting chemicals out of food, products, and packaging.

How Europe’s wood pellet appetite worsens environmental racism in the US South

An expanding wood pellet market in the Southeast has fallen short of climate and job goals—instead bringing air pollution, noise and reduced biodiversity in majority Black communities.

Exempt from inspection: States ignore lead-contaminated meat in food banks

Hunter-donated meat provides crucial protein to US food banks. But an EHN investigation found a lack of oversight that could result in potentially hundreds of thousands of lead-contaminated meals this year.

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