"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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...."
"...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...."
"...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...."
"...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...."
"...After outcry from science and education advocacy groups, two of the state’s largest textbooks publishers have rid their books of climate change denialism...."
"...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...."
"...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.”..."
"...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...."
"...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...."
"...Come hear Helen Plume, a world-renowned climate change expert from New Zealand, speak Tuesday, June 15. Our local chapter of the U.S..."
"...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..."
"...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)..."
"......" 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...."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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."..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...What should we hope for from the current U.N. Conference on Climate Change?..."
"..."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..."
"...• 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)..."
"...to create value, wealth, and jobs now. The second was climate action: how U.S..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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 350.org..."
"...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..."
"...(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...."
"...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..."
"...“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.”..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...Mayor has given presentations on climate protection and global warming to two dozen influential local groups...."
"...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..."
"..."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..."
"...The National Weather Service's Climate Prediction Center has even worse news for the Hill Country – the current drought is expected to continue through 2009, when it will "persist or intensify." And of course, compounding the problem is the increased pumping from the Edwards Aquifer – there's now eight to 10 times as much pumping as there was during the drought of record...."