The role of law and the courts, both in the U.S. and abroad, in addressing climate change is shifting away from a “sector-by-sector” approach to reducing greenhouse gas emissions toward one focused on determining how climate change impacts on people and holding emitters directly responsible, a panel of experts said at the University of Houston Law Center last week.
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May 10, 2015
Duke University atmospheric scientist Drew T. Shindell said the climate change and air pollution issues are inextricably linked, and that economic measures of the value of various energy sources must include their externalities, including impacts to human health, in a presentation at Rice University.
May 4, 2015
Dr. Steven Chu, who served as U.S. Energy Secretary in President Obama’s first term, recently visited the “Energy Capital of the World” to discuss changes in the energy sector and its impact on the global environment.
April 26, 2015
Are tiny houses the next big thing in Houston? In a city famous for sprawl and ever-expanding square footage, perhaps not. But if the attendance and enthusiasm displayed a a recent forum are any indication, the idea may be about to take hold.
August 24, 2013
How will Houston and the Texas Gulf Coast fare in the next quarter-century as the impacts of climate change interact with an economy built largely around the petrochemical industry? A panel of experts addressed many of the questions around that conundrum this week in the first of two public forums.
March 31, 2013
Faithful readers of this blog (and I know you’re out there!) no doubt are aware of my lifelong interest in space and the manned space program. In the past couple of weeks, I’ve had the chance to hear two great speakers with remarkable, albeit very different, contributions to the realm. As it happens, the presentations were very different, as well.
September 12, 2012
Gene Kranz was one of my heroes long before I ever really knew who he was. And earlier this evening, I finally got to hear him speak.
April 14, 2011
If there’s a rock star among astrophysicists today, his name is Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson.
January 19, 2011
The head of the Environmental Protection Agency for the region which includes Texas told a Houston live and radio audience Wednesday that his agency is making great strides in improving the state’s environment, despite some “disagreements” with the state’s environmental regulation agency.
December 16, 2010
As steam rose from the stacks of the nearby Valero Energy refinery, environmental activists on Thursday described the dangers they say a proposed crude oil pipeline and its product pose to residents of east Houston’s Manchester neighborhood.