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Adapt or Fry: UT Climate Adaptation Symposium
Forum focuses on local solutions to climate change
News Story  September 27, 2013, by Brandon Watson
"...Stories of surviving Austin's summers usually include a bit of melodrama; the triple-digit heat lurks like a mustache-twirling villain, leaving locals feeling as helpless as damsels in distress. But a Texas heat wave and global climate change are very different antagonists..."

Science Groups Demand Textbook Publishers Remove Climate Change Denialism
Social studies textbooks under fire for climate change errors
DAILY News  November 12, 2014, by Mary Tuma
"...Textbooks publishers are guilty of including inaccurate and misleading information about climate change in new social studies books, charged science advocates and university scholars during a press call Wednesday afternoon...."

CAMPO & Climate Politics
Austin reps and mayor split on 2040 Plan vision statement
DAILY News  November 3, 2013, by Michael King
"...City Hall is reportedly still buzzing over a recent split vote on the broad goals of the future planning for the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization – one which removed "climate change" as an explicit rationale for the region’s long term transportation plan...."

News Roundup: Climate, Cuts, and Cuckoos
Austin attends the Paris climate conference
DAILY News  December 14, 2015, by the News Staff
"...In this week's News Roundup: Austin leaders back from the Paris climate conference reaffirm their city's commitment to combat climate change; a former WilCo DA is suspended from what little political power he has on a small Pacific republic; a coalition of faith leaders urge the governor not to cut funding for Planned Parenthood; and more...."

SXSW Eco 2015: Global Climate, Global Conflict?
UT's Joshua Busby on how the developing world responds
DAILY SXSW  October 6, 2015, by Richard Whittaker
"...From No Blade of Grass to Mad Max: Fury Road, eco-horrors have taught us that global climate change will bring about global conflict. But Joshua Busby, an associate professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, sees developing nations learning rather than fighting...."

Does Climate Pollution Not Count?
Council misses opportunity with Strategic Mobility Plan finalists
DAILY News  October 23, 2009, by Katherine Gregor
"...Yesterday city council heard presentations from the two finalist teams vying to create a new city Strategic Mobility Plan. A glaring omission: No member questioned the teams about their expertise on reducing climate pollution, or referenced the 2007 council resolution to make Austin the leading city in the nation in the fight against global warming...."

Publishers Remove Climate Change Denialism From Textbooks
Pressure from science, education groups leads to revisions
DAILY News  November 17, 2014, by Mary Tuma
"...After outcry from science and education advocacy groups, two of the state’s largest textbooks publishers have rid their books of climate change denialism...."

Bill of the Week: Changing the Climate
Ellis hopes for a cooler future
DAILY News  February 9, 2013, by Jordan Smith
"...Climate change, says Sen. Rodney Ellis, D-Houston, is "going to be the critical issue of our time." But does that mean the Texas Legislature can – or will – do anything to address the issue? That remains to be seen...."

Climate Change Stories: A Traveling Sisterhood
The Climate Wise Women visit SXSW Eco
DAILY News  October 14, 2013, by Jessi Cape
"...Rising sea levels and a deluge of data can sometimes obscure the ordinary human cost of environmental politics, and one small group of women is using the time-honored tool of storytelling to “put a face to climate change.”..."

Climate Consortium Denmark
Learning from Copenhagen, Post #4
DAILY News  October 5, 2009, by Katherine Gregor
"...Given Austin’s aspirations to market itself as a “Clean Energy Capital” for economic development, it would do well to closely study and follow the related example of Denmark. This morning Finn Mortensen, executive director of Climate Consortium Denmark, told us how and why the public-private “cleantech” consortium was organized...."

Climate Plan Meet-Up: Better Late Than Never
Three months later, group meets June 16
DAILY News  June 11, 2010, by Katherine Gregor
"...The Austin Climate Protection Program held a community think-tank in early March, promising action – at long last – on a Community Plan. But so many staff have quit the beleaguered program that only three months later, on June 16, will the advisory group finally meet again...."

Climate Change Comes to Austin
Helen Plume hosted by U.S. Green Building Council
DAILY News  June 11, 2010, by Katherine Gregor
"...Come hear Helen Plume, a world-renowned climate change expert from New Zealand, speak Tuesday, June 15. Our local chapter of the U.S..."

Climate, Meet Mobility
Copenhagen is all about green transport – and Austin should be, too
News Story  November 6, 2009, by Katherine Gregor
"...During my recent climate-action study tour in Copenhagen, I was constantly scouting for good ideas to bring home to Austin. I saw plenty – community-owned wind turbines, a separated bicycle path network serving 150,000 commuters a day, corporate executives aggressively pursuing "green" business profits..."

Writing the Climate
Flannery and Kolbert on the accelerating pace of global warming
News Story  May 18, 2007, by Nora Ankrum
"...In March, less than a month after announcing what's been described as the most ambitious municipal climate-protection plan in the nation, Mayor Will Wynn sat on the Paramount Theatre stage moderating a discussion between two prominent researchers and writers on global warming. One was journalist Elizabeth Kolbert, known best for her 2005 New Yorker series "The Climate of Man" (later expanded into the book Field Notes From a Catastrophe)..."

'We've Got Climate Change'
Lee Nichols interviews UT biologist Camille Parmesan about the evidence and consequences of global warming.
News Story  March 7, 2003, by Lee Nichols
"......" Among the scientists, it hasn't really been a debate for several years. There's been a strong consensus among the climate community that the trends we're seeing are linked to rising greenhouse gases, and amongst the biologists there's been a strong -- growing every year -- consensus that we're seeing impacts...."

What Are the Birds Telling Us About Climate Change?
Reading the signs from our friends up in the sky
News Story  February 22, 2018, by Melany Jean
"...This data has been used to study long-term developments of migratory patterns and population trends. Ecologists frequently point to the unique advantage the data sets from hobbyist birders provide in tracking wildlife response to habitat loss and climate change...."

Unrealized Opportunities: Ester Matthews on the Austin Climate Protection Program
Ester Matthews reflects on the progress of the ACPP
News Story  September 24, 2010
"...Last week the Chronicle spoke at length with Austin Climate Protection Program Director Ester Matthews about the history and progress of the program and her perspective on its future as she prepares to retire at the end of 2010. The following is an edited transcript of that interview..."

Climate Change Crusader Heats Up Renewable Energy Fair
Q&A with Rick Piltz, formerly with the U.S. government's Climate Change Science Program
News Story  October 12, 2007, by Daniel Mottola
"...Rick Piltz worked for 10 years as a senior associate within the U.S. government's Climate Change Science Program, which coordinates the research efforts of multiple federal agencies..."

The Local Politics of Climate Protection
Q&A with Will Wynn on his efforts to fight global warming
News Story  April 18, 2008, by Katherine Gregor
"...Mayor Will Wynn launched the Austin Climate Protection Plan. We visited with him recently about his experiences, satisfactions, and frustrations with the implementation of the plan to date and what he anticipates for year two..."

Climate Change: City Targets Zero Emissions
City aims for carbon neutrality by 2050
News Story  May 22, 2014, by Lizzie Jespersen
"...As the city of Austin grows closer to completing the goals set by its 2007 Climate Protection Plan, last month City Council members decided to strengthen Austin's climate change efforts. Responding to environmental advocacy for something bigger, broader, and bolder, they've set a new goal: By 2050, Austin plans to implement, citywide, net-zero greenhouse gas emissions – i.e., "carbon neutrality." Citing increasing evidence of worldwide climate change and the necessity to act, the policy would move city departments steadily forward to net-zero emissions, and "develop and implement a program to assist all citizens, businesses, organizations, and visitors in achieving carbon neutrality."..."

Climate Change: Still Not a Hoax
Reducing carbon emissions with Austin Energy, without the Fayette Power Project
News Story  April 27, 2017, by Joseph Caterine
"...This Saturday, people will gather in cities throughout the world to march and demand the United States and other governments take a stronger stance against the global threat of climate change. The day coincides with U.S..."

Climate Change Crosses County Lines
Study predicts how climate change will affect Texas' future water needs
News Story  July 30, 2010, by Katherine Gregor
"...The global-warming perils for polar bears can seem pretty remote, but a new study released last week by the Natural Resources Defense Council brings the problems created by climate change directly home to Austin. Based on the most up-to-date data, the NRDC study projects an "extreme" risk of water shortages by 2050 in Travis County..."

Securing Climate Protection
Ten things Wynn could do now
News Story  April 17, 2009, by Katherine Gregor
"...Mayor Will Wynn's signature policy has been the Austin Climate Protection Plan. He provided the vision, has been its lead City Hall champion, and has emphasized the need to institutionalize its goals so that city progress survives his council tenure..."

The Austin Climate Protection Plan
An update on the state of the city's ACPP
News Story  December 7, 2007, by Katherine Gregor
"...It's daunting to achieve the massive shifts in behavior and human activity required to arrest global warming – and there's no time to lose. That's as true for the city of Austin – committed to doing its part through the 2007 Austin Climate Protection Plan – as it is in every other corner of the globe..."

Point Austin: Climate Change Awareness Month
From the Islands and the IPCC comes the latest urgent warning
News Column  October 11, 2018, by Michael King
"..."The report shows that we only have the slimmest of opportunities remaining to avoid unthinkable damage to the climate system that supports life as we know it."..."

Council: Mobile Homes and Climate Change
City Council gets through a brief agenda the week before budget talks begin
News Story  April 28, 2016, by Mary Tuma
"...One day shy of Earth Day, Zimmerman renewed his charge against climate change science. Council passed an item authorizing a $116,000 contract with a research group led by Dr..."

Professors on Climate Change
A letter from 200 professors to the White House signals a broad consensus on global warming
News Story  February 23, 2017, by Michael King
"...Approximately 200 faculty members at a dozen colleges and universities in Texas have signed an open letter to President Donald Trump and his administration, urging continuing U.S. support for action against climate change under the 2016 Paris Climate Agreement...."

Point Austin: Climate Control
Will corporate interests finally see the light on climate change?
News Column  December 3, 2015, by Michael King
"...What should we hope for from the current U.N. Conference on Climate Change?..."

Driving While Campaigning: Bill White Talking (Around) Climate Action
The gubernatorial candidate gamely navigates the politics of climate change
News Story  January 15, 2010, by Katherine Gregor
"..."Texas has a great opportunity to be a world leader in energy-efficient fuels," he responded instead. Asked how his leadership on climate action would differ from that of Gov..."

News Roundup: Cams, Carnage, & Climate
Zimmerman sides with Abbott over Adler
DAILY News  November 30, 2015
"...• The Paris Climate: Pool won't be at the PSC meeting – like Mayor Adler and Travis County Commissioner Brigid Shea, she'll be en route to Paris, to attend the U.N. Conference on Climate Change (aka COP21)..."

Compact, Climate-Friendly, Competitive
To restart the economy while saving the planet, the Congress for the New Urbanism advocates traditional neighborhoods for all
News Story  June 26, 2009, by Katherine Gregor
" create value, wealth, and jobs now. The second was climate action: how U.S..."

Climate Change News
Safe Climate Act introduced to Congress; and National Academy of Sciences releases climate change report requested by House Committee on Science chair
News Story  June 30, 2006
"...Last Tuesday, Rep. Henry Waxman of California introduced the Safe Climate Act (HR 5642), a so-called long-term, science-based solution to global warming..."

Good Work By 'Climate Wise Women'
Postmarks  October 31, 2013
"...Dear Editor, I recently read the article, “Climate Change Stories: A Traveling Sisterhood” by Jessi Cape [News blog, Oct. 14], and was truly inspired by the work these women have done..."

Climate Protection: City in No Hurry To Cool It
Checking in on the Climate Protection Program's progress – or lack thereof
News Story  August 6, 2010, by Katherine Gregor
"...Any day now, the city's annual report on the Austin Climate Protection Program is due for release. (It's late, but then so has been every major goal of the program.) Perhaps the report will prove impressive..."

Austin Climate Protection Plan Year One Highlights
A progress report on Austin's war on global warming
News Story  April 18, 2008
"...Status: CO2 emissions of AE in 2005-06 have been verified by California Climate Action Registry; Water Utility now in submission process. HOMES AND BUILDING PLANImplement the most energy-efficient building codes in the nation, and aggressively pursue energy-efficiency retrofits and upgrades to existing building stock...."

A Different Kind of Climate Change
Changes afoot at Austin Climate Protection Program
News Story  March 19, 2010, by Katherine Gregor
"...Program coordinator Sascha Petersen resigned from the staff of the Austin Climate Protection Pro­gram Monday. He follows program manager Jake Stewart, who quit in June 2009, and staff member Rachel Thompson, whose last day coincided with the ACPP's March 5 community charrette..."

Tell Truth About Climate Plan
Postmarks  April 21, 2009
"...Dear Editor, Why is it not possible for the Chronicle to tell the unvarnished truth about Mayor Will Wynn’s alleged Climate Protection Plan [“Two Years Gone – How Many Left to Save the Planet?” News, April 17]? In February 2007 Wynn declared, and both the Statesman and Chronicle dutifully reported, that the new plan was the “best” city climate protection plan in the nation. The simple fact is that the plan does not exist..."

It's Time to Deal With Climate Change!
Postmarks  February 12, 2013
"...Dear Editor, In the State of the Union address, President Obama promised to take action to address climate change if Congress refused to. Considering the vast damage climate change is already inflicting in the form of droughts, wildfires, and worsening storms, along with even more severe impacts predicted in the future, he is right to step up in addressing the situation in any way he can..."

City Launches Carbon Calculator, Hosts Climate Expo
The Climate Protection Program starts off 2010 with a bang
News Story  January 8, 2010, by Katherine Gregor
"...The city's Austin Climate Protection Program is at last reaching out to involve the broader community in reducing the region's contribution to global warming. This week, it launched its long-awaited local carbon footprint calculator – offering a more accurate measurement of an individual's greenhouse-gas emissions from daily activities..."

350 or Bust: New Climate Change Campaigns Get Rolling
The Share350 initiative launches at this weekend's Green Fourth of July, bolstering an international climate-change campaign with its own Austin twist
News Story  July 4, 2008, by Daniel Mottola
"...Some say climate change is this generation's biggest challenge, but a loose-knit group of greens believes it has global warming's number, and that number is 350. Bill McKibben, the author and activist credited with being among the first to raise a ruckus over greenhouse gases and whose Step It Up 2007 initiative organized marches and helped goose legislators nationwide, has recently kicked off a new international awareness campaign known as"

Be Impressed With More Concrete Actions on Climate
Postmarks  May 21, 2007
"...Dear Editor, Characterizing Austin as having "the most ambitious municipal climate-protection plan in the nation" [“Writing the Climate,” News, May 18] is a very sad reflection on other climate-protection plans. I’d be much more impressed with some concrete actions that literally could be done with the stroke of a pen and that have proved effective elsewhere: 1) Severely limit or prohibit adding new parking places Downtown, as Portland, Ore., has..."

Austin Climate Protection Plan
The five components
News Story  March 9, 2007
"...(Water efficiency and forestalling the need for a new water-treatment plant are thus key tools for energy efficiency.) Specific milestone numbers and dates for these reductions will be established once the internal planning and research process are completed. Each city department will develop its own climate-protection plan, to include targets/goals, policies, procedures, and reporting/monitoring systems...."

Affordability Key to Climate Plan Goals
City task force makes its recommendations for 2024 climate change protection goals
News Story  July 17, 2014, by Nora Ankrum
"...It's been only three years since City Coun­cil approved – after much hand-wringing – Austin Energy's 2020 climate change protection goals, but already it's time for an update – and it's likely to be an ambitious one. Many of the current goals are within reach ahead of schedule, and Council has now mandated that new goals – set for 2024 – meet or exceed previous aspirations..."

The Ageless Climate of the Rock Star
Jason McMaster of Dangerous Toys: “I Don’t Regret Anything”
DAILY Music  November 30, 2011, by Margaret Moser
"...“Since 1994, New York native Paul Lidel has been with Dangerous Toys, formed Broken Teeth with me in 1999, and written more material than all former members combined. I was calling the shows we have been doing at the Red-Eyed Fly since early 2000, ‘Back Room reunions.’ I guess I can still call them that, even though it's a mix of the times and climate of the ageless rock fan.”..."

In Favor of Public Vote ln Climate Plan
Postmarks  April 20, 2010
"...Dear Editor, While there may be good reasons to be skeptical of anything Carole Keeton Strayhorn is involved in, her group's call for a public vote on the proposed climate protection plan sounds completely reasonable to me. No one can claim the plan is ultimately any more than a symbolic effort in the fight against global warming..."

Carole vs. Climate Plan
New 'nonpartisan' group vs. AE generation plan
News Story  April 9, 2010, by Wells Dunbar
"...Just why the mayor of Granite Shoals, Texas – firm principal Frank M. Reilly – wants a say in Austin's energy policies is beyond this author, but it's worth noting that Borgelt is currently the vice chair of the Republican Party of Travis County – "nonpartisan," eh? Changes to AE's energy generation mix, part of the city's Climate Protection Plan, would lessen reliance on coal and ramp up renewable fuels by 2020..."

Time to Really Lead the World in Climate Protection
Postmarks  November 2, 2009
"...Dear Editor, Austin Energy has said that if federal carbon legislation will double our coal plant's costs of operation, Pace Consulting, the city's energy consultant, estimates costs incurred would be even higher. Meanwhile, President Obama recently stated he intends to make dirty coal even more expensive, and Austin – a city in which a 2007 carbon reduction goal was to "make Austin the leading city in the nation in the fight against climate change" – would lower its carbon output 70% by quitting its coal plant..."

Austin Climate Protection Plan
News Story  August 31, 2007
"...Mayor has given presentations on climate protection and global warming to two dozen influential local groups...."

Support Safe Climate Act
Postmarks  January 12, 2007
"...But we also have the potential to lay down some new tracks at the state level to enact change at the federal level, which Reps. Doggett, Johnson, and Lee have already begun by co-sponsoring the Safe Climate Act..."

Climate Bill
Doggett worries that the climate bill may be worse than doing nothing
News Story  July 10, 2009, by Lee Nichols
"..."I'm voting for final passage," Doggett said. "I've been listening to the debate, not so much to those who support a bill that I'm not all that enthusiastic about, but listening to the flat-Earth society and the climate deniers and some of the most inane arguments I have heard against refusing to act on this vital national security challenge..."

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