News Category: climate-change

Learning from Histra

Aug. 9, 2019

The challenges of rapid population growth, increasing urbanization, climate change and the pressure these put on natural resources such as water, all are staring Texas in the face. As part of Planet Texas 2050, Adam Rabinowitz, an associate professor of classics, is looking for lessons in settlements of the past, and one of the best regions to find those is around the Black Sea.

Something’s Happening to the Weather

June 5, 2019

Paul Adams, a professor the Department of Geography and the Environment, has been talking to farmers in the Panhandle and West Texas, and he wants to hear how they talk about things like the weather, climate, and the water they use on their crops. Adams is contributing to a research project called Texas Water Stories, and it’s a critical part of Planet Texas 2050

Satellite Data Contributes to Our Understanding of Climate Change

May 24, 2019

The twin satellite system launched in 2002 to take detailed measurements of the Earth (Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment, or GRACE) has documented ichange global climate patterns. Additional news release from Cockrell School of Engineering.

In the News: A Challenge to Clean Up CO2

April 19, 2019

“Every day we produce roughly 380 to 410 million tons of carbon dioxide, and we need to do something about this, because it’s so overwhelming,” Swan said. “My goal through each expedition is to reduce over 360 million tons of carbon dioxide by 2025. No matter where you are in the world, the huge amounts of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere is a global issue. We are all responsible for this.”

Fourth National Climate Assessment and Texas

Feb. 15, 2019

From Planet Texas 2050: A lightly edited transcript of a Q&A with Jay Banner, one of the authors of the federally mandated climate report released this past November. Banner spoke with Spectrum News Austin’s Karina Kling about what the climate and economic predictions mean for Texas and the southern U.S.​

Environmental Learning with Radical Hope

Feb. 13, 2019

Overwhelmed and concerned about the environment, biodiversity loss, climate change and other critical issues? Rethink everything through an online "Radical Hope Syllabus" co-created by UT History Department's Professor Erika Bsumek & a colleague from Queesn' University Belfast:  https://radicalhopesyllabus.com/

Climate Change in Austin

Oct. 20, 2018

Did you know that the average Austinite’s carbon footprint is about 15 tons of greenhouse gas emissions per yea? Learn about what Austin, Texas is doing to mitigate climate change -- and how you can help -- in this post from the city's Office of Sustainability.

Designing a Landscape for McDonald Observatory

Sept. 12, 2018

Green Fund is sparking innovative landscape design around McDonald Observatory, thanks the collaboration and reasearch of Jason Sowell and Matt O'Toole.

Climate Change Tourism in the Peruvian Andes

Sept. 7, 2018

Dr. Molly Poly writes about climate change and its impact on the Andes: "The realization that climate change is not only happening, but also having an impact on ecosystems and society, is more than most people want to face in a social situation."

Caves, Climate and Cycling: UT Alumna Barbara Wortham

Feb. 27, 2018

Check in with Barbara Wortham, a recent alumna of the Environmental Sciences Program who is researching the climate record left in caves as she pursues a doctorate.