Climate Change http://kut.org en The Texas Scientist Reconciling Climate Change & Evangelical Christianity http://kut.org/post/texas-scientist-reconciling-climate-change-evangelical-christianity <p><em>Time Magazine </em>just released its annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. This year the list includes Texas Tech climate scientist and evangelical Christian<a href="http://katharinehayhoe.com/">&nbsp;Katharine Hayhoe</a>.</p><p>For <em>Time</em>, actor Don Cheadle wrote "There’s something fascinating about a smart person who defies stereotype. That’s what makes my friend Katharine Hayhoe – a Texas Tech climatologist and an evangelical Christian – so interesting."</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Texas Standard's David Brown recently spoke with Hayhoe about science, her faith, </span><a href="http://time.com/70881/katharine-hayhoe-2014-time-100/" style="line-height: 1.5;">and making TIME's list</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/146409501&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 15:58:24 +0000 David Brown & Rhonda Fanning 10299 at http://kut.org The Texas Scientist Reconciling Climate Change & Evangelical Christianity How Climate Change Could Lead to More Massive Fish Kills in Texas http://kut.org/post/how-climate-change-could-lead-more-massive-fish-kills-texas <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">From the Asian Carp to the</span><a data-mce-="" href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/texas/2013/11/08/the-battle-against-zebra-mussels-grows-in-northeast-texas/" style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Zebra Mussel</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Texas has its fair share of invasive species. Some of them get a lot of attention (I'm looking at you,&nbsp;</span><a data-mce-="" href="http://today.agrilife.org/2012/02/13/new-pub-feral-hogs-native-plants/" style="line-height: 1.5;">voracious feral hog</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">). Others tend to sneak under the radar even when they damage ecosystems.</span></p><p>Take&nbsp;<a data-mce-="" href="http://www.fish.state.pa.us/ais/ais-action-golden-alga.pdf">Golden Algae</a>. Originally from Europe,&nbsp;the microscopic plant was discovered on the Pecos River in 1985 when an algae bloom killed hundreds of thousands of fish. Since then, it has colonized other Texas river basins and killed <a data-mce-="" href="http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/landwater/water/environconcerns/hab/ga/blooms.phtml">millions more fish</a>.&nbsp;Unlike deadly <a data-mce-="" href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/texas/2012/08/15/why-dead-fish-are-washing-up-on-the-beaches-of-galveston/">algae blooms in the Gulf of Mexico</a> that kill fish by taking all the oxygen, golden algae is, itself, toxic. Under the right circumstances, it produces a poison that kills fish and bivalves in the affected waters.</p><p> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 19:36:12 +0000 Mose Buchele 9593 at http://kut.org How Climate Change Could Lead to More Massive Fish Kills in Texas New Targets of College Divestment Movements: Oil, Gas & Coal http://kut.org/post/new-targets-college-divestment-movements-oil-gas-coal <p>College is a time for classes, house parties and questionable dorm food. But as some students at UT and across the country are demonstrating, it’s also a time for activism.</p><p>Journalist and activist <a href="http://www.billmckibben.com/">Bill McKibben</a> and his environmentally-minded group <a href="http://350.org/">350.org</a>&nbsp;are promoting a “<a href="http://math.350.org/">Fossil Free Divestment Movement</a>” to encourage American universities to withdraw their stock holdings from the top 200 coal, oil and gas companies. The group first gained notoriety when it held an <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJMySwznzAk">International Day of Climate Action</a> in 2009.</p><p> Fri, 10 May 2013 20:39:43 +0000 Marissa Barnett 7701 at http://kut.org New Targets of College Divestment Movements: Oil, Gas & Coal PolitiFact: Rep Claims Global Warming Not a Problem http://kut.org/post/politifact-rep-claims-global-warming-not-problem <p><strong>Update</strong>: PolitiFact Texas received a barrage of emails accusing the fact-checkers of being misleading in their fact check of Rep. Wayne Smith.</p><p><a href="http://www.politifact.com/texas/article/2013/may/13/mailbag-politifact-texass-pants-are-fire/">Readers asserted that Rep. Smith’s claim was not untrue</a> because there has yet to be a scientific consensus on the correlation of carbon emissions and climate change. Because the representative’s claim was not false, readers claim that labeling Smith with the “Pants on Fire” ranking and urge that PolitiFact Texas’s pants are aflame.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong>Original Post</strong>: A state representative recently claimed that science has yet to confirm that greenhouse gasses, like carbon dioxide, have a hazardous effect on the environment.</span></p><p>In an<em> </em><a href="http://www.statesman.com/news/news/state-regional-govt-politics/lawmakers-to-hear-proposal-on-greenhouse-gas-power/nXPhw/"><em>Austin</em></a><a href="http://www.statesman.com/news/news/state-regional-govt-politics/lawmakers-to-hear-proposal-on-greenhouse-gas-power/nXPhw/"><em> American-</em></a><a href="http://www.statesman.com/news/news/state-regional-govt-politics/lawmakers-to-hear-proposal-on-greenhouse-gas-power/nXPhw/"><em>S</em></a><a href="http://www.statesman.com/news/news/state-regional-govt-politics/lawmakers-to-hear-proposal-on-greenhouse-gas-power/nXPhw/"><em>tatesman</em> article last month</a> Rep. Wayne Smith of Baytown said that “science has not shown greenhouse gases to be a problem,” which <a href="http://www.politifact.com/texas/statements/2013/may/02/wayne-smith/wayne-smith-says-science-has-not-shown-greenhouse-/">caught the eye of Gardner Selby</a> and the PolitiFact Texas fact checkers. Click the player above to hear our conversation about it.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 08 May 2013 10:27:00 +0000 Nathan Bernier & Nathan Bernier 7653 at http://kut.org PolitiFact: Rep Claims Global Warming Not a Problem NASA: Warming Climate Likely Means More Floods, Droughts http://kut.org/post/nasa-warming-climate-likely-means-more-floods-droughts The Earth's wettest regions are likely to get wetter while the most arid will get drier due to warming of the atmosphere caused by increased levels of carbon dioxide, according to a new NASA analysis of more than a dozen climate models.<p>Scientists ran simulations of 14 different models, starting with CO2<sub></sub> concentrations at about 280 parts per million, which is similar to preindustrial levels but well below the 400 parts per million today. Fri, 03 May 2013 19:49:11 +0000 Scott Neuman 7615 at http://kut.org NASA: Warming Climate Likely Means More Floods, Droughts Forecasting Climate With A Chance Of Backlash http://kut.org/post/forecasting-climate-chance-backlash When it comes to climate change, Americans place great trust in their local TV weathercaster, which has led climate experts to see huge potential for public education.<p>The only problem? <a href="http://www.climatechangecommunication.org/images/files/2011_Mason_AMS_NWA_Weathercaster_Survey_Report_NA_doc_pdf%281%29.pdf" target="_blank">Polls</a> show most weather presenters don't know much about climate science, and many who do are fearful of talking about something so polarizing.<p>In fact, if you have heard a weathercaster speak on climate change, it's likely been to deny it. Tue, 19 Feb 2013 12:50:30 +0000 Jennifer Ludden 6648 at http://kut.org Forecasting Climate With A Chance Of Backlash Sea Level Rising Much Faster Than U.N. Projections http://kut.org/post/sea-level-rising-much-faster-un-projections A new peer-reviewed study by climate scientists finds the rise in sea level during the past two decades has been 60 percent faster than predictions from the United Nation's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.<p>The scientists also found that IPCC's estimates for warming temperatures was just right.<p><a href="http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/11/28/15512957-sea-level-rose-60-percent-faster-than-un-projections-study-finds?lite">NBC News explains:</a><p><blockquote><p>"'Global warming has not slowed down or is lagging behind the projections,' lead author Stefan Rahmstorf, a research Thu, 29 Nov 2012 01:47:02 +0000 5769 at http://kut.org Sea Level Rising Much Faster Than U.N. Projections La Niña Could Bring More Drought to Texas http://kut.org/post/la-ni-could-bring-more-drought-texas <p>After the brutal drought of 2011, welcome rains this year put minds at ease in many parts of Texas. But any respite may be short-lived.</p><p>The best hope Texas had for a full recovery from its long drought was a wet upcoming winter. But recent weather models show that’s growing less and less likely. The reason? The El Niño weather pattern meteorologists expected is not forming in the Atlantic.</p><p><a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/texas/2012/11/01/el-nino-changed-his-mind-cooler-wetter-winter-no-longer-forecast/#more-20437" target="_blank">State Climatologist John Neilsen-Gammon tell <em>StateImpact Texas</em></a> the bad news doesn’t end there. Fri, 02 Nov 2012 12:07:29 +0000 Mose Buchele & Terrence Henry 5499 at http://kut.org La Niña Could Bring More Drought to Texas Hoping for a Hurricane? Central Texas Needs Rain http://kut.org/post/hoping-hurricane-central-texas-needs-rain <p>The new <a href="http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/DM_state.htm?TX,S" target="_blank">U.S. Drought Monitor map</a> shows Central Texas is getting drier. In just a little over a month, parts of Travis and Williamson Counties have moved from <a href="http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/archive.html" target="_blank">&ldquo;abnormally dry&rdquo; to &ldquo;extreme drought.&rdquo;</a></p><p>It&rsquo;s been more than six weeks since the Austin area&#39;s seen a good rain.</p><p>&quot;For the period from May 16 to July 5, a period of almost 7 weeks, the Austin area has seen only 0.44 of an inch,&quot;&nbsp;Victor Murphy, National Weather Service Regional Climate Service program manager, writes via email. &quot;This is the driest such period on record there in Austin in over 100 years (since 1911).&nbsp; Normal for this period should be about six inches.&nbsp; Thus, Austin has received less than 10 percent of normal rainfall during what should be one of the wettest time of the year.&quot;&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 05 Jul 2012 18:35:39 +0000 Laura Rice 4625 at http://kut.org Hoping for a Hurricane? Central Texas Needs Rain Central Texas in 'Significant' Short-Term Drought http://kut.org/post/central-texas-significant-short-term-drought <p>The U.S. Drought Monitor released a <a href="http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/DM_state.htm?TX,S" target="_blank">new map</a> today &ndash;&nbsp;and the news is mixed.</p><p>For the first time since March of last year, no part of Texas is under the worst stage of drought. But parts of Central Texas are actually drier than they&rsquo;ve been <a href="http://www.kutnews.org/post/texas-drought-better-not-over" target="_blank">in the last few months</a>.</p><p>The map shows parts of Travis, Williamson, and Milam counties have been elevated from moderate to severe drought.</p><p>That&rsquo;s because June, which is usually the state&rsquo;s wettest month, has been abnormally dry. In fact, the last five weeks have been the second driest late May to mid-June on record. Thu, 21 Jun 2012 18:52:06 +0000 Laura Rice 4529 at http://kut.org Central Texas in 'Significant' Short-Term Drought Poll: Most Americans Link Climate Change To Unusual Weather Events http://kut.org/post/poll-most-americans-link-climate-change-unusual-weather-events Most Americans believe that global warming has played a role in a series of unusual weather events during the past year.<p><a href="http://environment.yale.edu/climate/files/Extreme-Weather-Climate-Preparedness.pdf">A poll released today</a> by the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication and the George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication found that 72 percent of Americas believe global warming played a role in the very warm winter the United States just experienced.<p>As we reported, 2011 was a record setter with <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/12/07 Wed, 18 Apr 2012 18:57:23 +0000 4064 at http://kut.org Poll: Most Americans Link Climate Change To Unusual Weather Events Austin Skyline To Dim For Earth Hour Tonight http://kut.org/post/austin-skyline-dim-earth-hour-tonight <p>Austin&#39;s skyline will be noticeably darker from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm as the city participates in <a href="http://www.earthhour.org/Homepage.aspx">Earth Hour, </a>an annual event held across the globe to raise awareness about energy conservation and climate change.&nbsp;</p><p>Mayor Lee Leffingwell&nbsp;held a press conference yesterday to announce the list of buildings that will be going dark tonight (security lights excluded): Sat, 26 Mar 2011 20:49:57 +0000 Torrie Hardcastle 1005 at http://kut.org Austin Skyline To Dim For Earth Hour Tonight