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Full Show: Hurricane Season Ending, And Greg Louganis (Nov. 30, 2017)

On Thursday’s Houston Matters: We recap the very busy Atlantic hurricane season, which ends today. Then, a group of scientists writes a letter to humanity, warning of looming environmental concerns. Plus, we discuss the stranglehold the oil industry has on the transportation world. And former Olympic diver Greg Louganis talks about his journey with HIV.


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On Thursday’s Houston Matters: Today marks the end of a very memorable hurricane season. From Harvey to Irma and Maria, several major storms hit the U.S. in just a span of a few months. We recap what happened and where we go from here with the National Weather Service. And, a new report from Rice University takes a look at funding for disaster response. We talk with a co-author of that report.

Also this hour: In 1992, more than 1,700 scientists from around the world came together and signed a "Warning to Humanity," a letter spelling out various problems that the planet was facing. Those problems included ozone depletion, water shortages, overpopulation, and deforestation.

Now, just two weeks ago, world scientists issued a "Second Notice," this time with more than 15,000 signatures, spelling out many of the same problems with updated data supporting those claims. To understand the magnitude of these environmental challenges, we talk with three professors from Rice University.

Plus, a new report suggests the oil industry will lose its monopoly on the transportation market by 2040. Is that true — and what could it mean for Houston? And Houston Public Media's Ernie Manouse talks with former Olympic diver Greg Louganis about his journey with HIV.

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