Live updates Big Oil CEOs set to testify before House Oversight Committee
Executives from Chevron, Exxon, Shell, BP, the American Petroleum Institute and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce will speak for the first time about reports that they tried to mislead the public about climate change.washingtonpost.com
Bill Gates says climate change is biggest challenge ever faced by humanity
Bill Gates says climate change is biggest challenge ever faced by humanity "The amount of change, new ideas. It's way greater than the pandemic. And it needs a level of cooperation that would be unprecedented," Gates tells Anderson Cooper about combating climate change. See the interview, Sunday on "60 Minutes."cbsnews.com
Today is Arbor Day! (in Texas)
Sure enough, Texas spins its own way of doing things and while Arbor Day is, in most states, the last Friday in April, Texas, since 2013, has named the first Friday in November as our Arbor Day! Here’s a nice explanation from the Dallas Morning News, but, generally, planting trees in Texas in the fall brings a nice payoff in the summer. Trees from the Lamensky Farm and Ranch in Ft Bend CountyYou can thank Texas A&M for initiating the Arbor Day date change. In a press release, they state, “This Arbor Day, in a year like no other, we encourage all Texas communities to celebrate trees and to grow some new Texas traditions. Happy Arbor Day!
This Harris County Superfund site is ‘vulnerable’ to flooding
NBC News, the Texas Observer, and insideclimatenews.org have partnered for an extensive investigation into the role climate change is playing with Superfund sites across the U.S. He is convinced the EPA needs to revisit Superfund sites in areas prone to flooding, hurricanes and sea-level rise because these symptoms of climate change were never figured into Superfund site remediation plans. MAP: Superfund sites in Houston area (courtesy: NBC News)“All of that overflows and it comes all over the properties,” said John Barrett. AdPlan for major flooding eventsThe site has had a history of flooding; however, the site plans and selected remedy take those challenges into account. I’m not familiar with this particular superfund site, but I have requested a briefing on it by the EPA.”
New research predicts Houston will have longer, hotter summers, more intense hurricanes
HOUSTON – The Climate Impact Assessment for the City of Houston was released Monday, which includes its forecast for Houston’s long-term climate. The assessment focuses on temperature and precipitation in Greater Houston and was spearheaded by Texas Tech Climate Center’s Amy Stoner and Katharine Hayhoe for the city of Houston. (Houston's Climate Future report/Texas Tech Climate Center/City of Houston)“(Houstonians could see the) average high going from 99 degrees to 106 or 109 degrees,” Cottingham said. (Houston's Climate Future report/Texas Tech Climate Center/City of Houston)Cottingham said the forecast has important implications for future planning in regards to the city’s infrastructure, energy and water resources, public services and health and welfare. You can find more information on the city of Houston’s climate action website.
Half of the world’s beaches could disappear by the end of the century, study finds
Climate change poses an existential threat to the world's sandy beaches, and that as many as half of them could disappear by the end of the century, a new study has found. The study found that sea level rise is expected to outweigh these other variables, and that the more heat-trapping gases humans put into the atmosphere, the worse the impacts on the world's beaches are likely to be. It's hard to overstate just how important the world's beaches are. The new study found that as sea levels continue to rise, more and more beaches will face erosion problems. The researchers did find that humans have some control over what happens to the world's beaches.
Obama nixes Keystone Pipeline, says leadership needed on Climate Change
After seven years of debate, President Obama has handed environmentalists a victory. He denied permission to move forward on the Keystone XL Pipeline. According to the president, his decision was based on his belief the 1,100 mile pipeline between Canada and the Gulf of Mexico would undermine American leadership on climate change.cbsnews.com