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Has There Been a Sea Change on Climate Change Opinions?

Posted on · A new University of Texas survey released last week indicates more than three out of four Americans now believe climate change is occurring. The results were released as President Obama met with business leaders making public commitments to reduce their carbon footprint. Has there been a sea change in attitudes towards climate science? Or have […]

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Climate Debate and Third Culture Kids: Wednesday’s Show (October 28, 2015)

Posted on · A new University of Texas survey released last week indicates more than three out of four Americans now believe climate change is occurring. The results were released as President Obama met with business leaders making public commitments to reduce their carbon footprint. Has there been a sea change in attitudes towards climate science? Or have […]

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Houston’s Population Growth Could Mean An Increase In Extreme Heat

Posted on · The consequences of Greater Houston’s population growth have been well documented – from its effect on traffic, to housing, to urban development. But it also could have another effect – it could be making this an even hotter place to live in coming decades, according to ongoing research using Houston as a predictor of what’s […]

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Extreme Heat, Texas Black Expo and Fluoride: Tuesday’s Show (June 9, 2015)

Posted on · The consequences of Greater Houston’s population growth have been well documented – from its effect on traffic, to housing, to urban development. But it also could have another effect – it could be making this an even hotter place to live in coming decades, according to ongoing research using Houston as a predictor of what’s […]

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What’s the Link Between Houston’s Ozone Problem and Climate Change?

Posted on · Last week, we spoke with News 88.7 energy and environment reporter Dave Fehling about why it is some areas of Houston seem to experience spikes in ozone levels when other areas don’t. He noted there isn’t scientific consensus on the reason. However, University of Houston researchers believe there’s a connection between ozone levels in Houston and […]

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The Mayor’s Budget, Reid Ryan, and Pet Care: Monday’s Show (May 18, 2015)

Posted on · Last week, Houston Mayor Annise Parker unveiled a $5.1 billion budget proposal for the upcoming fiscal year, which begins on July 1. The 2016 fiscal year budget proposal is the last of Mayor Parker’s administration. On this edition of Houston Matters, we talk about where the majority of funds are going, how this could shape […]

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How Might Climate Change Affect Texas?

Posted on · Two military experts recently went before a Texas House committee to convince lawmakers that climate change is not only real, but it’s also a threat to U.S. security. The hearing is one of a few discussions surrounding climate change and climate change legislation. To discuss the ways in which climate change affects Texas, including its […]

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Texas City Explosion & Climate Change: Thursday’s Show (April 2, 2015)

Posted on · March 23 marked the 10-year anniversary of the fatal Texas City explosion. Fifteen workers died and about 180 others were injured amid a series of explosions at the BP oil refinery in Texas City. As described in coverage from the Texas Tribune and Houston Chronicle, warnings from the US Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board about […]

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What Role Does China Play in Houston’s Economy?

Posted on · China is one of Houston’s top trading partners. According to World Institute for Strategic Economic Research data cited in an HSBC Group/Greater Houston Partnership report, in 2013, total exports and imports combined between Houston and China were around $13.4 billion. Houston Public Media business reporter Andrew Schneider will join us to discuss how trade and investments, a recent climate […]