Tag Archives: climate change

Tuesday, September 15, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Commissioners identify reliance on electric vehicles as weakness in revised Climate Equity Plan

Transportation is the main driver of local air pollution and is on its way to becoming the single greatest source of greenhouse gases in Austin. Though the city and Capital Area Metropolitan Transportation Authority are taking steps to electrify their…

Friday, September 4, 2020 by Savana Dunning

The Office of Sustainability releases draft Climate Equity Plan

The Sustainability Office released its new revised Climate Equity Plan for public comment Wednesday, with hopes to submit the plan to City Council in October.The 97-page document, which is available through the city’s engagement portal, outlines the Sustainability Office’s plans…

Monday, August 31, 2020 by Mose Buchele

City could store three Lake Austins’ worth of water underground by 2040

Austin gets all of its water from the Highland Lakes, but that might not always be the case. The city recently took a first step toward storing massive amounts of water underground. If the plan works, it could help Austin…

Tuesday, June 9, 2020 by Jessi Devenyns

City reworks its Community Climate Plan through an equity lens

Five years ago, Austin’s Office of Sustainability began implementing its 2030 Community Climate Plan in order to work toward the city’s goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Now, the department is revising its plan to update metrics and…

Wednesday, June 3, 2020 by Jessi Devenyns

Travis County approves its first climate action plan

On Tuesday, the Travis County Commissioners Court unanimously approved a comprehensive climate action plan that outlines how to reduce the county’s environmental footprint through 82 recommendations.Commissioner Brigid Shea, who called the plan a “big deal,” told the Austin Monitor that…

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 by Jessi Devenyns

UT professor maps climate vulnerability in Austin

Communities within Austin are disproportionately affected by climate change based on their social vulnerability.Social vulnerability refers to a community’s sensitivity to natural hazards and community members’ capacity to rebound from natural disasters.In a study by Patrick Bixler with the University…

Thursday, October 10, 2019 by Matt Largey

Austin joins a handful of cities where carbon emissions have fallen in recent years

Austin is among 30 cities worldwide where emissions have peaked, according to a new analysis from a coalition of cities dedicated to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.The group, C40, defines “peaked” as having emissions fall by at least 10 percent since…

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 by Mose Buchele

The heat in Austin could outpace science’s ability to measure it by 2036

This July is on track to be Earth’s hottest month ever recorded. That spike in heat is part of a larger warming trend that could change the way governments and researchers measure extreme temperatures.When it comes to triple-digit days in…

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