Texas Climate News launches

Greg Harman

gharman@sacurrent.com

New resource for those tracking environmental news in Texas: Check out Texas Climate News, "reporting on climate change and sustainability issues," a project by Bill Dawson and funded through the Houston Advanced Research Center and the Houston Endowment.

Some of you may remember my attempt at something similar after leaving the Houston Press years back. This project looks to have, through a more sober business model, that sticking power that would suggest bookmarking is in order.

Dawson, a former enviro writer at the Houston Chronicle, has been writing about climate change and related issues since the '80s.

His thoughts on Ike are required reading:

Will Ike, other storms spur new thinking?

Besides their dramatic, immediate impacts — the harm to people and property and nature — environmental disasters can exert a profound influence on attitudes and actions, including the policies that governments and businesses adopt.

Think of the toxic waste at Love Canal in New York State. The nuclear plant accident at Three Mile Island in Pennsylvania. The runaway chemical reaction that killed thousands at Bhopal, India. The mammoth oil spill from the Exxon Valdez in Alaska. Hurricane Katrina's devastation of New Orleans and coastal Mississippi. All prompted far-reaching study, debate and policy changes.

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