AUSTIN - Texas climate scientists delivered a letter to Gov. Abbott today in response to his comments that it is “impossible” for him to say whether man-made climate change is contributing to extreme weather. The letter, signed by more than two dozen climate scientists and experts from Texas universities, warned that climate change will have dangerous results for Texas and offers a briefing to the Governor on climate science.
The Dirty Water Rule would replace the 2015 Clean Water Rule, which restored federal protections to more than 143,000 miles of Texas streams, which help provide drinking water to over 11.5 million Texans. The health of Texas waterways from Rio Grande to the Red River depend on the smaller streams that feed them, and the wetlands that filter out pollution.
AUSTIN -- If builders put solar panels on the 3.2 million new homes and apartment buildings with 280,000 units expected to be built in Texas by 2045, Texas would add a projected 24,719 megawatts (MWs) of solar PV capacity, according to a new report released today by Environment Texas Research & Policy Center. Such an effort would lead to a ten-fold increase in solar capacity and cut carbon dioxide emissions from electricity generation by 3.2% percent by 2045.
AUSTIN - The just-released 2018 update to the National Climate Assessment, “NCA4 Vol. II,” offers more proof that Texas will face increasingly dire consequences if action isn’t taken to dramatically cut greenhouse gas emissions.
“We used to say that climate change would impact our kids and grandkids, but we are experiencing worsening, terrible impacts now,” said Luke Metzger, Executive Director of Environment Texas. “From some of the most destructive and tragic wildfires on record out in California to the devastation of Hurricane Harvey here in Texas, this report documents that such disasters will be the new normal if we don’t take immediate action to cut global warming pollution.”
A new report finds that three-quarters of large U.S. meat processing plants that discharge their wastewater directly into streams and rivers violated their pollution control permits over the last two years, with Pilgrim’s Pride plant in East Texas ranking as the nation’s third-worst polluter.
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